35 Quick Ways To Find Yourself Again

by Amanda Linehan on August 27, 2009 · 11 comments

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“The final mystery is oneself.” – Oscar Wilde

You can find yourself in the smallest of ways, most don’t involve any great effort except to want to.  Here are 35 ways that you can find yourself, even if it is just a piece at a time.

Quick Ways To Find Yourself Again

  1. Do something that you are afraid of.
  2. Start something you have always wanted to try.
  3. Look out of the window and wait for guidance.
  4. Take a personality test and see how well it matches what you think of yourself.
  5. Write down things that you notice about yourself.
  6. Do the thing that makes you lose track of time.
  7. Listen to praise about yourself.
  8. Listen to criticism about yourself.
  9. Meditate.
  10. Be idle for a while.
  11. Analyze your dreams.
  12. Create something.
  13. Think of the thing you most want to give to others.
  14. Listen.
  15. Take a walk.
  16. Spend time in nature.
  17. Smile, then think of all the things you have.
  18. Smile, then think of all the things you desire.
  19. Feel all of your emotions.
  20. Be honest with yourself.
  21. Purposely take on a challenge.
  22. Accidentally take on a challenge.
  23. Live with uncertainty.
  24. Accept who you are.
  25. Make self improvements.
  26. Become friends with yourself.
  27. Look at others and see yourself.
  28. Do something helpful for another.
  29. Laugh (at yourself).
  30. Give freely.
  31. Receive freely.
  32. Go where you are lead.
  33. Think of where you’d like to go and make a plan to get there.
  34. Dream.
  35. Ask to know who you are.

Anything to add?  Please share in the comments!

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1 Positively Present August 27, 2009 at 4:26 pm

Fantastic post! I love all of these ideas and I’m going to work on implementing some of them soon. :)
.-= Positively Present´s last blog ..5 steps for setting happiness resolutions (yes, in August!) =-.

2 Tess The Bold Life August 27, 2009 at 4:45 pm

Amanda,
These are great. No.27 is so good it could be no.1 because it would be the quickest! It’s almost funny if you know what I mean!
.-= Tess The Bold Life´s last blog ..Did You Know? =-.

3 Avani Mehta August 27, 2009 at 5:03 pm

These are some great ideas. Loving self and taking baby steps to trust intuition help greatly to find oneself. It sometimes takes courage to just be you.
.-= Avani Mehta´s last blog ..Release People Of Expectations, Let Them Be =-.

4 Amanda Linehan August 27, 2009 at 6:18 pm

Hi Dani – Thanks! I liked these ideas because they are all fairly simple to work on.

Hi Tess – Yeah, I guess that would be the quickest! I think that tells us something ;)

Hi Avani – I really like your suggestions especially trusting your intuition. :)

5 jonathanfigaro August 28, 2009 at 2:31 pm

Giving our time or money to help others can greatly improve self assurance. Begin the individual who loves to give rather than receive shows character, sincerity and integrity. Trusting yourself is something that takes time. It not an overnight delivery from fedex, especially if you have a pessimistic mentality.

Keep your mind focused on how to think positive.
.-= jonathanfigaro´s last blog ..How to Turn Lemons Into Lemonade =-.

6 Amanda Linehan August 30, 2009 at 10:00 am

Hi Jonathan – Giving is an excellent way to find yourself again, as you’ve pointed out here. :)

7 Felicity August 30, 2009 at 11:04 am

I have a special reference in addition to your 35 unique commendations. I would put “don’t precipitate at anything of importance whatsoever u have chosen.” This may fall inside some of the categories, e.g. make self-improvements, or feel all of your emotions. Here, the reconstruction of our habits can be made for the better if hastiness is ignored. We can gather our energies and be lithe at our productive potential.

8 Amanda Linehan September 1, 2009 at 8:27 pm

Hi Felicity – Thanks for your addition!

9 Vickie Muscar December 30, 2010 at 11:33 am

Amanda: Melanie shared your blog with me. Wow, I wish I had
known about this a long time ago. You are so “wise” and
“knowledgeable” for such a young age. I am learning as I read.
Thank you so much. Vickie Muscar

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