A Non-Definitive Guide to Self-Discovery
You can’t force the Aha! Moments in life, but this collection of resources and adventures can’t hurt your cause.
Everything on this list has been shared as a truly defining resource by someone in my network. Though they might not work for everyone, they’ve at least changed the life of one person. The books and systems that I have personally tried and benefited from are marked with an asterisk (*).
A few rules to keep in mind as you work your way toward divine clarity on your calling:
1. You can’t think your way through this. Books and tests are meant to inspire — it takes action to know whether a life-changing discovery has actually been made.
2. Your mindset is more important than finding the right method of discovery. If you’re highly aware of each new experience, everything becomes a learning opportunity.
Typing Systems & Personality Tests:
Some people love them. Some hate them. But there’s no denying that these resources are chockfull of new perspectives and vocabulary to help you zero in on and articulate your Talents, Attributes, and Passions.
The top contenders:
- *Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
- *Carol Tuttle’s Energy Profiling
- The Kolbe Index
- *Fascination Advantage
- DiSC Profiles
- Money Archetype
- 5 Love Languages
The right books usually seem to find me. When a particular title is mentioned a number of times from random sources, I pay attention, thinking there’s likely some wisdom in that literature that is meant for me. That outlook alone usually guarantees a few gems will come out of reading it.
- *Do What You Are
- *The Big Leap
- The Power of Myth
- Now, Discover your Strengths
- The Truth About You
- The Fire Starter Sessions
- The Artist’s Way
- Finding Your Own North Star
- 4 Hour Work Week
- *The Alchemist
- The Soul of Money
- The Life you Were Born to Live
- *The Passion Test
While the vast majority of these books hail from the non-fiction, self-improvement world, don’t disregard the power of books you read for leisure. Not only can these inspire, but they also say something significant about your tastes and interests.
“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” — Oscar Wilde
Every time you hear yourself saying “I’ve never ____”, consider changing that as soon as you can. And for every new experience you love or hate, don’t forget that the real clarity comes from asking yourself “why?”.
Undertakings and adventures with a history of inspiring self-awareness and passion:
- Singing Classes
- Facing Your Fears
- Acts of Generosity & Giving
- Travel (Especially Alone)
- Yoga, Meditation
- Writing, Blogging or Journaling
- Interviewing People
- Astrology, Zodiac, Numerology
- Palm & Face Reading
“There is only one way to learn. It’s through action. Everything you need to know you have learned through your journey.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
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