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Knowing yourself is so important.


Something happened last week and it reminded me of the importance of knowing yourself. Based on what happened, I don’t think enough people REALLY know themselves.

During our Leadership class, we talked about our personalities and the participants had to describe themselves in three words. After that, they had to identify some of their greatest strength and some of their greatest weaknesses. What came out of all of this was quite shocking to me.

As we spoke, a lot of the members were able to quickly point out their weaknesses and flaws. On the other hand, they struggled to see what was so great about themselves. They quickly pointed out that they were shy or procrastinated, but totally missed that they were compassionate and, patient.

They said it was easy to identify their flaws because they’re pointed out so often. That broke my heart and this got me thinking about this week’s message of the week…

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.

I saw the importance of knowing yourself in two different ways.

First, if you know what you’re good at, keep on doing it and get the absolute most out of it. If you’re really good at something, people will really value that.

The other way that I look at it is, if you’re NOT good at something, then you have to either choose to get better at it, or have someone else do it. Struggling to do something with no intention of getting better at it is just a waste of time.

This week, instead of finding all the things that you’re not good at, take some time to find all the things that you ARE good at. I think that if you do that, you’re going to find a whole new appreciation for yourself. You’re going to be amazed at what you can REALLY do. If you do that, you can’t help but go through the week with a big smile on your face and that feels really good.

See you on the mats,

Michael

PS. Knowing yourself reminds me of another post that we did months ago.= about conviction. Check it out HERE.

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