You Must Know Yourself to Grow Yourself: The Law of Awareness

In one of the most famous quotes ever, Heraclitus said: “Change is the only constant”. Looking for ways to improve our lives is a must. The challenge is how can we know which direction is needed? John C. Maxwell in his book, The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, provided 15 laws that are necessary to grow and reach our full potential. I summarized the first one, The Law of Intentionality, in this article, and here I will summarize the second; the law of awareness.

On a personal level, how many friends or family members do you know that really don’t have directions in their lives? Maxwell noticed that when it comes to finding a direction in life, people can be divided into three groups as the following:

  • “People Who Don’t Know What They Would Like to Do” or “Confused”;
  • “People Who Know What They Would Like to Do But Don’t Do It” or “Frustrated”; and
  • “People Who Know What They Would Like to Do and Do It” or “Fulfilled”.

As we might all agree, it is not easy to understand ourselves so it is likely that we fall in the first category. Getting confused and not knowing what direction we should pursue is a shortcut to failing to grow, yet, Maxwell suggested that the solution is quite simple; finding your passion will lead you to grow. What if you still did not find your passion? Well, keep searching.

How to find your passion?

Maxwell discussed in his book 10 questions that we might use to find our passion and true purpose in life. These questions are:

  1. “Do You Like What You’re Doing Now?”
  2. “What Would You Like to Do?”
  3. “Can You Do What You Would Like to Do?”
  4. “Do You Know Why You Want to Do What You Would Like to Do?”
  5. “Do You Know What to Do So You Can Do What You Want to Do?”
  6. “Do You Know People Who Do What You’d Like to Do?”
  7. “Should You Do What You’d Like to Do with Them?”
  8. “Will You Pay the Price to Do What You Want to Do?”
  9. “When Can You Start Doing What You’d Like to Do?”
  10. “What Will It Be Like When You Get to Do What You’d Like to Do?”

 I believe the 10 questions provide a structured way to understand ourselves and to find our passion. As Lao Tzu, the Chinese philosopher once said:Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power”.

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