Thursday, May 15, 2014

understanding ourselves: advice for writing and life

"The goal is to understand your true self before launching an action plan. Deep realizations about yourself don’t come all in one sitting. Be your own ethnographer for a month. One of the people that I admire most in the world is Jane Goodall. Imagine Jane sitting in the forest, looking at those chimpanzees with compassion and curiosity. Take on her kind tone and attitude while observing yourself. Be gentle and curious but never judgmental. This is very hard for us to do because we’re always talking shit to ourselves.
Take a notebook and notice every time you get excited about something. It doesn’t have to be a big moment or work related… Just write it down each time—no judgments. What happens over the course of the month is you start seeing some patterns. It gives you a peek into your authenticity and things that energize you. When your whole body lights up with joy, it’s really trying hard to tell you something—it’s saying, “hey, this is important, please pay attention.”
You need to spend time understanding who you truly are before you forge a path. If you’re making plans based on other people’s perception of you or the perception of yourself that you want to project based on some external force, you’ll always end up in the wrong place.
Advice to those just starting out on a creative path from Sharon Ann Lee,

Via Brain Pickings:


  1. Providential time to read this as I'm trying really hard to understand what I really want. Thanks!

  2. To echo Al, this hits me at the perfect time, too. I'm also contemplating a "what next?" decision. I think tapping my passions will be a great approach to move past my current vague sense that something needs to change.

  3. I am not entirely sure if I can view myself objectively. This is certainly something to think about.

  4. Good advice. I think we really have to listen to what energizes us.

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  5. Thank you for sharing this excellent advice! Very timely for me as well. :)

  6. Great tips. It is important to pay attention to what makes us happy. Thanks for the reminder.

  7. As naturally introspective person you are, you could take Vedanta classes from a Guru. Let me know if you are interested?