DAY 2 – Know Yourself To Improve Yourself

There is a quote by Auguste Comte that says,

“Know yourself to improve yourself.”

Socrates said it this way,

“The unexamined life is not worth living.”

Great advice.

But something we don’t always do.  Especially in our hectic life.

Besides, it can be a bit messy and inconvenient.  After all, maybe we will find something we don’t like.  Maybe we will be faced with a character trait that we would rather not acknowledge.  Or maybe we just don’t have the time to really delve into the deepest part of us:  our hopes, ours fears, our dreams.

Maybe we don’t want to take the time to know ourselves because then we will be forced to speak up and perhaps rock the boat.  Maybe we will have to confront or challenge the status quo.

That may be the down-side, but there is an up-side to knowing yourself and it is this:

Knowing yourself gives you direction and clarity.  It acts as a compass, pointing you in the direction that you should go.  Knowing yourself also makes life easier in that it eliminates options and makes your choices clearer.  And that is a good thing. know yourself

In living with peace, whether that be with food, finances, relationships, or whatever it may be. . . you need to know yourself.  What are your preferences?  Your likes?  Dislikes?  What gives you peace?  What leaves you with that pit in your stomach?  What do you value most?

How well do you know yourself?

In this blog we will be discussing peace in the many different aspects of your life such as food, exercise, the scale, habits, finance, parenting, and relationships.  To have direction in each of these areas, self-knowledge will be not only helpful, but necessary.

Here’s a list of questions to help you “know yourself” in these areas.  They may not all be appropriate for each scenario, but consider using them to learn more about yourself in an area you are wanting to improve. (Sample answers are in italics)

  1. What is your greatest heart’s desire regarding _(ex. Your Career)   ? A job that allows me to use my artistic talents.
  2. What makes your heart sing regarding ___________?
  3. What is your greatest fear regarding __(ex. Relationships)____? My lack of trust.
  4. What discourages you or defeats you regarding ___________?
  5. What one thing would you change about ___(ex. Your Attitude)_? Being able to “reset” after having a bad morning.
  6. What do you value most in the area of  ___(Relationship) __?
  7. What are your gifts and talents regarding ________________?
  8. What comes easy for you, but not necessarily for others in the area of ___________?
  9. What is difficult for you, but not necessarily for others in the area of ____________?
  10. What motivates you regarding __(ex. Eating Right)__? An accountability partner.
  11. What do you like in regards to ________________?
  12. What do you dislike in regards to ______________?
  13. What would you do if you knew you were guaranteed success in regards to ________?
  14. What would life look like if it were perfect in regards to _____________?

These questions got us started, but we didn’t stop there.  We’re still asking ourselves questions and searching for ways we can be better and do better.

But there is one question we want to leave you with today.  It is a question we think may be the most powerful question you can ask yourself when pursuing peace.  And it is this:

What one habit, if you had it, would give you a quantum leap (giant boost) in achieving your goals?

Once you answer that question, begin focusing on developing that one habit.  It may even mean letting go of all other goals and pursuing exclusively the development of that one habit.

Here’s an example of this from Robynn’s life:  For years she would place on her list of New Year’s Resolutions things like drinking 8 glasses of water, eating a certain amount of fruits and vegetables, not eating sweets, etc.  However, these were not the root of her eating and weight problem.  Focusing on them only delayed her dealing with the heart of the matter: her all-or-nothing mindset which prevented her from resetting after a mess-up.  Once she identified the problem (being able to “reset”), and put all her focus and energy on getting better at that one habit, it eventually resulted in huge gains.

Do you see how Robynn’s list went from being long (8 glasses of water, eating fruits/veggies, etc, etc.) to focusing on 1 thing, every day, and being committed to doing it well? Once she got the hang of it, she was seeing substantial results in her weight-loss and it never required her doing all the other little things that once filled her list. It is easy to write out a bunch of busy-work items, but they aren’t fixing the root of the problem. Consider utilizing the “edit” button and make some changes to your New Year’s Resolution by minimizing your goals and learning how to do them well.

Now it’s your turn…

Posse Discussion: What one habit it, if you had it, would give you a quantum (giant) leap in achieving your weight-loss goals? 

*If you haven’t started a posse group yet, we encourage you to use the “Posse Discussion” green questions/topics at the bottom of our posts to help facilitate your group discussions. If you don’t have a posse group, please join our group! All you have to do is share your answer by commenting at the bottom of this post!

The Peace Coaches





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17 thoughts on “DAY 2 – Know Yourself To Improve Yourself

  1. LOL. Today I was cleaning out my office and found my goals for 2009. It use to be that I would have a handful of goals in the area of my eating & weight (as well as in every other area of life). This year, I have one goal, become a master at resetting after a slip-up. This will give me the biggest bang for my buck in the area of Peace with Food! 🙂 Robynn


  2. The one habit that would give me a quantum leap, is continuing to not wasting my calories on food that I don’t LOVE. Believe it or not, there is a lot of food I used to eat that I thought I “loved” but after really evaluating it, I was really just eating to eat. It really simplified my weight-loss goals because I don’t have to stress about whether or not it is a good or bad food, or if I should or should not eat it. All it has to do is meet the requirement of being a food that i “LOVE” or food that is “healthy” and then I know I’m not wasting my calories on it. I have made this a priority over the last couple of years and it has really helped shave off a lot of unnecessary calories,which has reflected in the scale. As for life in general, letting go of the “all-or-nothing mindset” would give me a quantum leap, b/c I am a perfectionist by nature! ;)Lara


  3. I can think of many things that would give me a quantum leap! Laura, I like your idea of only eating foods that I love. If I’m bored I will eat just about anything. Now, I need figure out which foods I “LOVE” because right now it’s just about anything!


  4. My biggest battles are choosing healthy snacks and meal portion control. I really like the idea of counting your bites, because I’m the type who eats until my plate is clean (especially if I’m eating out). When I eat out, I feel like I have to eat everything I order to ensure I get the most “bang for my buck”, which in turn leaves me feeling miserable and regretful for eating so much. But through Peace with Food, I’m learning that it’s okay to leave food on my plate and to stop eating as soon as the food is no longer satisfying. Hoping these new habits will help me on my journey to having “peace with food”.

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    1. Way to go Casey! I think a lot of people struggle with the portion control issue. I know I did. That is why the principle of getting closure is so powerful. It acts as a switch that says, “Satisfied and finished!” and lets you get on with the rest of your day. Keep practicing this new habit – a little bit of progress over a long period of time will create those powerful positive habits that give you peace with food! 🙂 Robynn


    2. Casey, I can completely relate to feeling like I need to get the most “bang for my buck” when eating out. I have since learned that if I ask for a to-go box when I order the my meal, and then put part of it in the box when my meal arrives, I am more satisfied because I experience “closure” with my meal, and I also don’t walk away feeling stuffed! If you are one to like leftovers, then you also have some to take home, which you can stretch as another meal. That maximizes your buck even more! 😉 Lara


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