5 Ways to Know Thyself on Evaluate Your Life Day
Every couple of months retail stores take inventory in order to match the numbers they have recorded with the actual stock they have. This allows them to evaluate what is known as “shrink,” or the amount of money lost through theft and misplaced product.
It seems that we humans could do well by replicating this retail cycle and evaluate the course of our lives. It’s easy to get lost in the tug of our careers, our family, our hobbies, and other responsibilities. Taking a deep look at how we spend our time, how we treat those around us, and who we surround ourselves with can go a long way to helping us follow the ancient Greek maxim to “Know Thyself.” Since today is Evaluate Your Life Day, here are 5 ways you can take a look at yourself!
- Re-prioritize what’s important
Adult life can be a bit rough. There is no instruction manual, and no one to watch over us like when we were children. Our choices are our own, as well as the consequences. So, what is most important in your life? What are your priorities? Is it working 12 hours a day at the sacrifice of family time? Is it spending your nights carousing with your friends and being late to work every morning?
Or is it trying to live a balanced life where work, family, and friends are equally important?
Now, unless you have a way to stop time (Do you? Can I borrow it?), balancing your life can be a supreme chore. Some days work will come first and on others your family will be the main priority. But understanding what is most important to you can help you get closer to achieving a better balance, and making the people in your life happy!
- Evaluate your friendships
The company you keep speaks volumes about you. Who do you choose to keep around you as friends? Do they keep you moving forward toward your goals, or are they distractions that hinder your growth? These are tough questions to ask yourself, but in the end can help you remove bad actors from your life. Surround yourself with people who respect you, who respect your goals, and who help you work to be better, not worse.
- Define yourself
It can be easy to listen to all the advice, suggestions, and not-so-subtle ultimatums to change certain aspects of ourselves. Sometimes these pieces of advice can help us become better people, but sometimes it is just sound and fury, signifying nothing. So many people in our lives can seek to define us, to tell us who we are and who we need to be. But really, we should define ourselves and let others choose whether they like that version of us or not. Over time we’ll change, but it shouldn’t be to make others happy at the expense of our own happiness.
- Keep in touch with your inner child
Smile. Laugh out loud. Tell jokes. Act goofy. Make sure you keep your joie-de-vivre and let your inner child out every so often. Life as an adult can be hectic, stressful, and tiring. Letting your inner child out for a moment can alleviate some of these negative emotions and get you back to a good place.
- Make New Mistakes
An old boss once told me “Never make the same mistake. Make new ones.” I’m sure he didn’t come up with that bit of wisdom, but I’ve never forgotten it. No one likes making mistakes, but making new ones means you have learned from the old ones and refuse to repeat them. Which mistakes do you keep making in your life? What can you do to ensure you don’t make them again? Learning from past missteps helps move us toward a better understanding of ourselves and toward a better version of ourselves. Make new mistakes so you can learn from those as well!