Can You Quickly Think of 50 Things About Yourself?
How Well Do You Know Yourself?
How quickly can you tell someone about yourself if they were to ask what's important to you and what you feel about your life. Can you even think of 50 things about your desires, your thoughts and your feelings?
Go ahead and try doing this:
Write down (or type) 50 things that you can think of about yourself as quickly as you can. Try not to take too much time thinking about it. You may end up censoring your list. You're not going to share it with anyone, so there's no need to worry what you put into your list. It's for your eyes only.
When I did it, I found that this task was a creative visualization for me of who I am. I made a point to do it without giving myself a chance to think much about what I was adding to the list. That's the trick. Otherwise I would have hidden important aspects about myself that my subconscious mind might have been hiding from my conscious mind.
You will find the results quite inspiring and you may learn a thing or two about yourself that you had never realized. You will end up having a better understanding of yourself.
The hardest thing when making this list is to be honest. Don’t judge. Don’t let that restrict you. Just include thoughts in your list as you think of them.
You may feel stuck when you start. But that may mean your subconscious suddenly became fearful. This task will actually force you to get in touch with those fears and learn something about yourself that may have been hidden from your conscious mind. This effort may end up being a powerful and enlightening personal journey for you.
Remember, you can keep your list a secret. Quickly write down whatever creeps into your mind because that's the most honest thing about yourself.
When you’re done, you might realize that there was nothing to hide. You are normal just like everyone else. Unique, yes, we all are. But normal.
Your list may give you some new insight into things about your life that you want to change, things that you realize you were not happy about and want to work on.
Discover Changes You Might Want to Make
By visualizing your life in this way, you might realize that you want to focus more on certain things. Or you might want to reduce your attention to other things that are not working for you. Or eliminate things that are simply not satisfying to you.
We often waste precious time doing things we don't care for that become part of our life anyway. Or we spend time with people who are of no interest to us.
Have you considered that you might have a friend or two with whom you have nothing in common? You might be friends because of some kind of connection, such as having known each other since high school. But they're not in your league. You went on to make something of yourself and they didn’t. But you remained friends anyway.
This list of 50 things about you may awaken yourself to these weak links in your social life that need to be adjusted.
You are better than that. You deserve more. You have earned it. But at the same time you allow less to be part of you. Why?
The things you listed about yourself may give you a clue. You have a good life now, no doubt. But you may find that you want to make some changes and improve your life even more.
I know you're wondering about it, so here’s my list....
50 Things About Me
- I am a self-learner.
- I write when the emotion strikes.
- I took two cruises and loved it.
- I raised an orphaned baby squirrel when I was 14.
- I used to like the snow when I was a kid, not anymore.
- I had worked at two major corporations.
- I feel other people’s pain.
- I draw doodles when I feel creative.
- I had organized a community service team when I was 17.
- I once bread hundred’s of tropical fish as a hobby.
- I earned a Master’s Degree in Computer Science and later realized I should have majored in business.
- I like hiking and discovering nature.
- I can’t deal with cats or dogs in my home but I love all animals.
- I built a computer five years before IBM came out with the PC.
- I started my own business when I was 31.
- I wish I stayed employed instead…for the health insurance benefits.
- I almost married a girl with bipolar. Actually one of the best.
- I self-published three books.
- I design and maintain my own website for my business.
- I enjoy philosophical talks with friends who can relate.
- I lost touch with friends from college.
- I feel that the best years of my life are behind me.
- I believe that the best years are ahead.
- I created a voice mail dating service in 1990.
- I produced my own radio spots for advertising.
- I once walked 18 miles in one day.
- I once nursed a wild bird with a broken wing back to health.
- I remained 165 pounds ever since I was 18.
- I had a mustache in my twenties, but never since.
- I used to develop my own photos (long before digital).
- I made titles with animation for my home movies in the ’60s.
- I separated water into hydrogen and oxygen.
- I once took apart and rebuilt my carburetor in a ’68 Chevy.
- I was beaten up in elementary school for not giving my seat to a bully.
- I took some friends for a hike in camp when I was 13 and got lost in the woods.
- I wrote articles that were published in magazines back in the ’80s.
- I lost touch with some really good friends.
- I have always kept my word.
- I have always made an effort to be on time.
- I started having tinnitus when I was 55.
- I get perturbed when intelligent friends spell “a lot” as one word.
- I remember melodies of songs better than the lyrics.
- I like singing Karaoke.
- I once dated a girl 16 years younger than me.
- I once dated another girl 10 years older.
- I am a problem solver.
- I am a survivor.
- I always remain motivated.
- I left many things out of this list.
- I wish I had planned 50 things 50 years ago.
Well, that wasn’t so hard! I basically did it without thinking very much. The main idea is to write your list about yourself from your subconscious. Otherwise you’ll limit it to things you feel okay about. And you’ll fool yourself about all the rest.
Remember that you don’t need to share it with anyone. I chose to anyway to use as an example. But you don’t need to. You’ll bring out new discoveries about yourself if you allow your list to be as natural and uncensored as possible.
Keep your list. You may want to use it to review in later years to see how your life is progressing. A better understanding of yourself is very useful for making important life decisions and also for appreciating your accomplishments and valuing yourself!
© 2011 Glenn Stok
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