8 Empowering Ways to Reconnect with Your True Self

Do you feel like a shadow of the person you used to be? When you look in the mirror, do you recognize yourself or your life anymore? Try these tips to get back to the old You.

Several years ago, I felt disconnected with myself. I worked long, hard hours and ran the corporate rat race at the expense of my health, family and desires. It’s not easy to break the habit of putting work first, but when you begin feeling ready to regain control of the life you want, the first step is getting reacquainted with your true Self. Sometimes we have to look inward to move forward.

Here’s how to begin the journey to reduce the gap between the life you have and the life you want.

Carve out time for self-care

With a busy schedule, it’s easy to prioritize everything else over yourself. Every day carve out the time to connect with your needs for much-deserved sleep, to reflect, or to daydream, or to spend time in a calming and relaxing place. If you’re feeling little to no renewal in your day, carve out micro-moments to recharge.

Identify your personal values

It’s your life, how do you want to live it? Discover your beliefs and stand behind them; you’ll be amazed at how this helps you become centered through life and decisions you face.

If you’ve never done this before, now’s an excellent opportunity to find out what specifically you feel disconnected from.

Related: Why You Can’t Afford to Live Without Personal Values

Create at least one long-term goal

Set targets for the future such as career or life transitions – turning 50, getting promoted, or family goals. Keep your eye on mileposts that lead up to the goal. Achieving these smaller markers will give you something to work toward, no matter how big or small.

Each day, you have a huge opportunity to be the person you already are inside and commit to take on micro-choices, no matter how difficult it may seem, to bring the life forward you really want.

Undertake a daily act of courage

Every day, do something to bring the future forward. Take steps toward achieving your goals even when these steps are difficult or intimidating. Daily acts of courage help you break old patterns and habits.

Related: Conquer Your Fear of Change in Just 5 Minutes

Practice self-awareness and mindfulness

Listen to your feelings, and take note of what gives you discomfort and inner-conflict. Is it being around a negative person? Is it doing things out of obligation instead of desire? This mindfulness will help you better understand yourself and bring you further in touch with what your emotions and intuition are trying to tell you. With time, you can remember what it’s like to trust yourself and your judgement.

Related: The Honest Reason Self-Discovery, Not Self-Help Works When You Feel Stuck

Recognize what you don’t want

Is it time to move on? Is it time to part with an old friendship? What are the things you need to let go of in order to bring forward the life you really want? What happens if you spend your energy on the things that you do want?

Related: Big Plans? Use These 7 Questions When Designing a Life-Changing Leap

Admit your shortcomings, as well as your strengths

Give yourself permission to say, “I’m human and still learning.” Name areas in which you’d like to grow, cultivate skills, or mature. Get creative with how you can take small steps to practice and improve.

Share your discoveries with others

It’s important to connect with others in order to avoid feelings of isolation, like I felt when I was burning out of my former career. Showing vulnerability allows you to build authentic connections with others and to see you’re not alone.

Each day, you have a huge opportunity to be the person you already are inside and commit to take on micro-choices, no matter how difficult it may seem, to bring the life forward you really want.

What’s possible when you reconnect with yourself starting today?

Email me at jessica@managingmindspaces.com with your career questions or if you would like a PDF copy of this blog post.

© 2015 Managing Mindspaces. All rights reserved.

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