8.25.2013

No One Knows Yourself Better

So it's 1am on a Saturday night/Sunday morning and I just felt compelled to share some thoughts on this past week. I've had some very inspiring conversations with people and felt like I gained so much in just a few days. I just need to write it down to keep reminding myself and also maybe to help inspire you too, with anything that you need motivation with - finances, work, career, school, family, fitness, etc.

I asked you guys on Twitter if there was such thing as stepping out of your comfort zone too much or whether it was great to keep pushing boundaries and trying new things.

Some fun responses:




The general consensus seems to be that pushing your boundaries is a good thing. This year I've been changing a lot and being open to more things that I could never have imagined doing even if someone paid me. I still don't think I have the guts to go skydiving, but I've been wanting to push myself in other areas. 

I never thought that moot court was for me, but I decided that now is the time to start and practice my public speaking skills, I'm already paying for an education so why not learn more about my strengths and weaknesses, and hopefully build on them? I tend to enjoy self-improvement but somehow ignored a lot of great opportunities just because I was too afraid of stepping out of my comfort zone.

I almost backed out of moot court tryouts yesterday but I miraculously survived today and put in my best effort after lots of prepping. I was offered a spot a few hours later and I could not be more ecstatic. I really owe it to you all who helped encourage me to face my fears. 

What came across as odd to me was the fact that my friends kept commenting that I was so collected today before my tryout. They said they liked how I was so confident, but if only they knew how terrified I was and how I spent the past 2-3 days agonizing over the dang thing!

Fear is a funny thing. It can feel like it consumes you yet it doesn't necessarily mean that it can be noticed. If that's the case, then why not push yourself more and continue to grow? 

This brings me to realization #2 of the week. 

I spoke to an academic counselor the other day since I was feeling overwhelmed with schedule planning.

He said, "no one knows myself better than I know myself." 

And it's so true!

I think that's something I forget about a lot, and I tend to start listening to fellow classmates about "what's best." In reality, what's best for someone could potentially be the worst for me. Everyone is so different. 

It's like finances, there is no right or wrong route as long as you get to your destination. What destination exactly? Well that's your choice to make. It's whatever makes you happy and it doesn't matter how long it takes you or which path you take. It doesn't even matter if you want to change that destination.

Well I hope this post wasn't too much for a Saturday evening, but I just felt the need to share some inspiration in my daily life. Hopefully it could help inspire you too. 

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