Digging deep is scary! The results of knowing yourself, though, truly outweigh any initial fear. Through my yoga training and other leadership workshops I've participated in, the common thread is this idea of getting to know yourself in order to fully be the person you were meant to be. From where you come from to how you react to situations presently, it's all part of who we are. Karen nailed it in the head when she said that it's asking ourselves, "Who Am I In This Space?" that can bring us clarity in how we move through life.
It's not the first time (nor do I expect it to be the last) the word "confidence" shows up tied to the word "sexy." Do I think to be sexy you must be confident? Absolutely. Do I think confidence is the only way to achieve this so-called "sexy lifestyle"? Not necessarily. What I DO think is vital in this discussion, however, is knowing yourself fully. As scary as it might be, asking yourself these questions might start to skim the edges of discovering what's inside:
What do I want from life?
Who am I without the titles?
Who are the people I currently surround myself with and what does that say about me?
How am I pursuing my dreams?
What is my vision for the world?
What value do I bring to the world and how can I continue to improve?
What qualities do I need to work on?
What do I love about myself?
How can I become more of who I want to be?
These are just some of the questions I've personally tackled this year. In trying to be as specific as possible (because that's the only way this game works), I noticed I was falling short on some of the answers. For instance, I had not really thought about what my vision for the world was because I was too caught up thinking of my individual path. Once I tied together WHAT my dreams were and WHY I was passionate about them, it unveiled my very own vision for the world! Simply knowing that every little thing I do is tied to all of humanity and, ultimately, to the world, my sense of purpose and drive was renewed and re-energized.
Knowing is freaking sexy.