I have spent my career analyzing and evaluating business situations and focusing on self-improvement. Frequently described as ‘self-reflective’, it came as a surprise then to discover that I did not know myself very well.
It is a common situation. The loss of self, or perhaps the lack of recognition of our true selves can leave us adrift, failing to meet our full potential, in jobs we can’t stand, and feeling needlessly stressed and unhappy. How can we figure out who we are?
My own journey toward self-discovery began about a year ago. I was given an opportunity to step outside of my professional comfort zone and do something completely different from the work I had grown accustomed to over the course of 25 years. During this process I learned much about myself and what I really enjoyed.
I have discovered that knowing your true self is one of the greatest blessings a person can receive. The path to self-understanding is unique and personal, but becoming more self-aware allows you to better connect with others and naturally leads to becoming a better leader. As my journey to better understand and know myself continues, I have identified five tools and processes to help others begin this worthwhile journey.
FIVE TOOLS AND PROCESSES TO BETTER UNDERSTAND "WHO YOU ARE":
1. Analyze what your personality is at work, at home and in other social situations.
2. Evaluate whether your personality in any of the above situations is your true self or just who you have become in order to fit in.
3. Reflect on what you really enjoy in the absence of pressure or expectation.
4. Decide what you would do if you were not paid to do it.
5. Determine why you are not doing what you enjoy.
Through this process I have found that knowing who I am allows me to be a better, happier person than I ever thought possible. When we find ourselves and identify our passion it allows us to become more effective with coworkers, friends and family. I encourage each of you to examine whether you understand your true self; your team, clients and family will feel the impact of your self-discovery. You will find the ROI in finding yourself will exceed your expectations and ultimately help you find the true value in life.
Vice President of Optimization for Healthcare Resource Group Inc.
Jim has over twenty years of healthcare industry experience, spanning an entire career, beginning with computer system development and rising into executive leadership. As Chief Financial Officer of a Critical Access Hospital he raised revenue from $1.5 million to $30 million throughout the course of his tenure and holds several certifications, including CPA and FHFMA and is an active member of Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) as well as other key healthcare organizations.