You may be asking yourself:
- Why should I take the time to discover myself?
- Isn’t that just psychobabble language for wasting time and not acting?
- What exactly does it mean to discover myself anyway?
The quick answer:
If you want to understand your calling, you need to know the deep questions to ask yourself to know who you are. You need to know the questions to ask yourself to help with the Journaling for Entrepreneurs process.
So, why should you take the time?
knowing what’s important to you will help you find what will work best for you. Knowing what motivates you and gives you drive will help you develop a business model, will help you create your brand, and will help you have a better chance at success.
Isn’t that just psychobabble language for wasting time and not acting?
Only if you let it be. Yes, you can get so caught up in discovering yourself that you forget to act on your ideas, but acting is useless if you don’t take the time to develop yourself and your ideas.
What exactly does it mean to discover myself anyway?
For our intents here, the answer will lead us to determining the best work for ourselves. This falls into a process I like to call journaling for entrepreneurs. (#journalingforentrepreneurs)
If you have been looking for new opportunities, the best first step is to determine who you are and why that will matter to the work you choose. So, how do we go about doing this? This journaling process starts with knowing the questions to ask yourself to find out who you are.
You can start with three questions to ask about yourself: What do I love? How much self-motivation do I have? Am I an introvert or extrovert?
Question 1- What Do I Love?
The first question to ask yourself when discovering who you are is “what do I love?” This can mean anything depending on the person.
Is there an activity I love more than any other? Is there an idea I love to discuss with others? Is there a subject I can’t get enough of? Or, as Jeff Goins puts it in his course on Intentional Blogging,
Is there a subject other people constantly ask me questions about?
Obviously, he is discussing this in terms of creating a blog, but there are other uses for knowing these things about yourself. If you know what you are passionate about, you will have a better understanding of what you want to do with your time.
A great way to answer these questions is to start a journal. You can start by asking yourself questions and answering them, or you can do freestyle writing where you write whatever comes to mind.
Either way, putting these thoughts down on paper gives you something to look back on, and gives you a little more accountability. Journaling for Entrepreneurs is an ongoing process.
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Question 2- Motivation
Another great question to ask is “How much am I able to motivate myself?” Are you the type of person that can set out your plan and follow a schedule, or do you need prodding from others to get work done? Maybe you are somewhere in the middle of these two options.
Knowing the answer to this question allows you to determine how independent you can be.
- If you can follow a self-made schedule and stick to deadlines on your own, you will be able to work more independently.
- If you are someone who must be reminded to do something regularly, or you like to put things off until the last minute, you may need the safety net of a supervisor or partner.
- If you are somewhere in the middle, you may be able to incorporate practices that will help you stay on task.
Whatever the answer is here, this will help you determine the setting you need to do your best work. It is important to be honest with ourselves on this one.
Question 3- Introvert or Extrovert
Something that is often either over-looked, or looked at from the wrong perspective is “am I an introvert or an extrovert?”
What setting makes you feel more comfortable? Do you thrive on interacting with people, or do you feel more comfortable being alone or in small groups?
Just because you are an introvert will not mean you need a job where you sit in a corner by yourself only interacting with a computer screen or book. This just means if you do something that involves a lot of interaction, you will need to schedule time to recharge.
On the other side, being an extrovert doesn’t mean you must constantly be out and about. If you have a job that involves little interaction as an extrovert, you just need to plan times where you can interact with others.
All the same, knowing the setting that makes you most comfortable will help you determine the best fit for you. As a bonus, this can also help you determine the best way to market yourself.
This is Just the Beginning
This is by no means an exhaustive list of the questions to ask about yourself, but I think this is a good starting point if you are just starting out with the Journaling for Entrepreneurs process, and on the journey to your dream work.
Always remember, it is helpful to get input from others, but your best answers will come from yourself.
If you are pursuing new avenues, you might want to check out my entrepreneur resource page. This is where I collect helpful resources. If you don’t yet know what you are looking for, perhaps you will get some ideas here.
Most importantly, start the Journaling for Entrepreneurs process. Take the time to write, to explore ideas, and to get a better understanding of where you are being led.
If you need some help getting started with the Journaling for Entrepreneurs process, you may want to check out my Facebook page dedicated to the journaling process.
So, do you know who you are? If not, there’s no better time to figure that out than now. What other questions would you add to this list? Let me know in the comments.