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5 things you should know about yourself

Updated on February 12, 2015

There are various misconceptions that people have about themselves. The way you see yourself, that’s the way others will see you (self esteem). There are certain things you need to know about whom you truly are and who you were created to be. If you are not aware of this fact, you will keep seeing yourself with the wrong view. The strongest and most accomplished people are not those who always win, but those who refuse to give up even after they lose. You might think you’re not good enough, but you’ll surprise yourself if you keep trying.

Majority of the things we feel and take from people are as a result of how we see ourselves. There are some factors that are capable of improving yourself esteem; such as the friends you keep around you, the books you read, the things you watch on TV, all these things are factors that contribute to the way you see yourself.

Here are 5 essential things you should know about yourself:

Know Who You Are

The knowledge of who you are has a lot to do with how you see yourself. Let me tell you who you are; you are a winner, a genius, undefeatable, the best among your equals, with a great and a bright future, that’s how you should see yourself. Understanding the vision of who you are gives you a foresight of where you are supposed to be.

Know What You Love.

Understanding what you love also helps you know who you are. What you love contributes positively to the way you see yourself. Loving the wrong thing changes the true person that you are meant to be. If you find yourself in the wrong relationships, it’s going to change you mentally, emotionally and otherwise.

Understand Your Gifting

You need to be aware of what you are made of, which includes the gifts, talents and virtues within you. The gift of a man makes a way for him; he shall stand before kings and not mere men. It pains me when I see people pursuing what they are not good at; it’s a waste to spend time and money investing on what’s not going to take you anywhere better. Know your inbuilt gifts and talents and pursue your dreams by working on them; that’s how it works. Know what you’re good at and work to cultivate it.

Know What You are Not Good At.

It is wrong for us to think that we must be good at everything. There is something you must be good at; that is your place of calling. Do not fix yourself in a place you weren’t made to be fixed. If you do, there will be a crack of structure in your destiny­­­. Do not try to be like somebody else, it will make you to be seen as a duplicate, and not the real thing. Always try to be your own self and do not let another person decide for you on things pertaining to your destiny.

Know Your Strengths and Weakness

Every man born of a woman has strengths and weakness. My mentor once told me that focusing on your weaknesses has a limiting force on your strength, but when you focus on your strengths, you will reduce the domineering weaknesses and empower the hidden strength to become visible. Always know what your fears are, and face them when they face you. Don’t run from your fears, when you face it, a new courage that has never been experienced will be made manifest. Fear can be defined as False Evidence Appearing Real. Your fears are not real; they are set backs on your destiny. Learn to conquer them.

When writing the story of your life, never, ever let someone else hold the pen. Make conscious choices every day that align your actions with your values and ambitions. Because the way you live each day is a sentence in the story of your life. Each day you make a choice as to whether the sentence ends with a period, a question mark, or an exclamation point.

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    • Prince Bethel profile imageAUTHOR

      prince bethel 

      2 years ago from Africa

      You're most welcome

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      3 years ago from Fontana, WI

      Prince Bethel,

      Ah, looking inside is hard, very hard. Thank you so much for this insightful article.

    • Prince Bethel profile imageAUTHOR

      prince bethel 

      3 years ago from Africa

      You are most welcome Chin Chin. The most important virtue that we need to have as humans is a great self esteem. Thanks for your comments and for stopping by to read my hub.

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      Chin chin 

      3 years ago from Philippines

      How we see ourselves is indeed important in building our self-worth. And we do need to be careful about the different influences in our lives which we allow to shape our perspective. Only when we understand ourselves can we understand and fulfill our purpose in living. Thank you for sharing this inspiring hub.

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      William Leverne Smith 

      3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      I was once told to work from my strengths, but work on my weaknesses. Each of us must find our own way, but we always learn from others. Thanks for sharing your views! ;-)

    • Prince Bethel profile imageAUTHOR

      prince bethel 

      3 years ago from Africa

      Thanks a million dear Jo for stopping by to read my hub. Believing in ourselves is a step to accomplishing our dreams. I'm glad you found my writing inspiring...thanks!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      3 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      This is inspirational. We should believe in ourselves to be the best that we can be. Voted up all the way.

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