Knowing Who You Are

Only You Can Identify Your Personal Truth

In other articles, we have looked at the importance of knowing what you are fighting for. As necessary as that information is, it is also absolutely essential that you have a strong sense of self – in other words, that you know who you are. You need to know your fears, your triggers, your weaknesses. Doing the work required to get these types of answers requires quite a bit in terms of a personal commitment. And while it can help to have someone knowledgeable and trustworthy to assist you along your journey, it is also important that you know that you are the only person who can accurately identify your personal truth.

Outside of Financial Status

Who are you outside of your financial status? Whether that status is perceived as being high or low, and whether you are happy or unhappy with your financial status, you need to know who you are outside of “the wealth label.” There is a train of thought that indicates that you can learn a great deal about a person, depending on the extent to which they are in need.

What can be said about your character when you do not have as much as you would like? Likewise, what can be said about your character when you have an abundance? How do you value your relationships with others based on changes in your needs? It is not uncommon for an individual to have issues with false humility when experiencing abundance, or to be prone to pandering to others in the hopes of gaining some sort of financial favor from others when they, themselves, are in financial need.

Be careful about changing your behavior based on how well-off you perceive yourself to be, financially. This is a trap and it leads to dead ends.

Outside of Social Status

Society has been placing labels on you since the day you were born. People reward and punish you according to how well you fit within their pre-defined molds. Sure, it can beneficial to know how to navigate societal expectations so that your life can be easier, and so that you can make a better life for your loved ones. However, making society happy does not guarantee your happiness in life. In fact, focusing so much energy on making other people happy is a sure-fire way to ensure that you live a miserable existence, yourself.

Know who you are, outside of others’ expectations. Acknowledge your truth and commit to living it. There is so much freedom in committing to this single act.

Outside of Others’ Expectations

Let’s revisit the topic of expectations, which can be defined as the desires that others have for you to live your life according to their own judgments. Over time, we accept others’ judgments as our own and we start shaping our lives around others’ ideals. We can become so lost in the confusing haze that we have no idea what we are doing or why. If we think about it, it really makes no sense to live our lives according to what others want.

Live your own life and let others live theirs. Your time is much better spent focusing on your personal vision – who you want to be, how you want to live, where you want to go in life, things that you want to accomplish, etc. How wonderful to be free from being confined to other people’s cages. After all, that’s not really a life.

Just You And Your Truth

Once you strip away all of the clutter, you are left with that which is yours. You will be much closer to your truth when the distractions have been removed from your space. This is the ultimate goal. It is for you to live your truth. Not anyone else’s, but your own. Accomplishing this level of living is more valuable than gold.

The Highlights

  • Remove the excess – When you take away the accoutrement of life, you are left with the very basics. It is in that space that you will see who you truly are.

  • What you do – You are not what you do. Your job does not define you.

  • What you have – You are not what you have. You may have acquired a great many things in your life, and you might even have lost some of them. Whatever you do or do not have, you are not defined by those things.

  • Beware of judgments and expectations – Whether the judgments and expectations come from you or someone else, beware. The thing about “truth” is that it simply is. You don’t need to qualify it. You don’t need to explain, if you don’t want to. Others don’t need to understand it or agree with you. The truth simply is what it is.

  • Having problems defining your truth? – If so, I have a really simple exercise for you. Take a deep breath and try this. Imagine yourself on your deathbed and imagine that you are just minutes away from your last breath…Who do you want to be there with you? What words of knowledge do you want to pass onto your loved ones? How do you want to be remembered? What do you want to have accomplished? In that space, you will find your truth.


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