A Step by Step Guide to Discover Your True Potential

Abraham II
5 min readOct 29, 2020

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of wisdom.” — Aristotle.

Self-discovery is a life-long process. A self-exploration journey. The search into our inner identities. The gradual discovery of who we are, our potentials, our purpose in life, and what core principles guide us along the way.

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Self-discovery begins with self-awareness and then explores our interests, hopes, and dreams for the future.

An inability to undergo a self-discovery process, which typically involves finding who you are, what roles you have to play, and the responsibilities you will need to handle, can lead to an identity crisis.

In his eight-stage theory on human beings' developmental process, Erik Erikson explained the Identity crisis.

According to Erikson, the identity crisis happens in the Identity vs. Role-confusion stage. People in this stage will try to discover the roles and responsibilities they have to play in society. Their inability to successfully do this can lead to role confusion.

Discovering your true self will give you purpose and meaning. Every person seeks to find out who they are and the reasons behind their existence, because without it, life is empty.

A life without the knowledge of who you are, your true abilities, and the implications of these abilities is a life without direction and meaning.

Here are a few questions you must answer to discover your true self and potential.

Who Am I?

“Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the greatest puzzle.’’ — Lewis Caroll.

According to Lewis Caroll, this question is a great puzzle. This question will probe deeper into your inner self and your abilities, trying to unravel details about yourself and helping you realize more of yourself.

The process of discovering who you start with self-awareness, which bothers with exploring your preferences, tastes, dislikes, and likes.

The “who am I” question will take you into a deep search for what you love doing the most, what makes you happy or angry, and how you react…