There are three aspects of who we are as a person. All these things can be challenging in terms of fully understanding and finding its real purpose.
1. As Perceived by Other People. Sometimes we are not aware of it but we always leave an impression to other people. Unfortunately some of them are not the ways we wanted to see in ourselves. Those are the things that we fight against. Those are the things that we object to be in us. Our actions, gestures, body language, and the way we speak or the way we look may contribute to our impression on other people. Whether we like it or not, it always happens. We can’t help it. At some point it can be a hurdle to finding who we really are. On the other hand, it also gives us a window to finding some of the qualities that other people see in us that we don’t. Like for instance, when I was told that I have a raw gift in communication that I can use to lead, I was surprised. It was more than just a compliment. I considered it as a call to see it for myself. I wanted to check if I indeed have those things people think I have. Other people’s perception about us is not always against us, they sometimes give us clues of what we can explore in ourselves.
2. As We Perceive Ourselves. We have a lot of dreams and ideals we wanted to have. It includes the things that we want to see in ourselves. Sometimes it gives us a replica of who we are. I notice that my perception towards myself changes with my moods and feelings. There are times when I wake up in the morning and see my unbelievably handsome face. I would even think of not going to bath because of fear that I might lose that handsome face I seldom see in the mirror. At times when I feel gloomy, I also see a very undesirable face looking straight to me. The good side of it is that we can control of what we are and what we want to become. That is why it is also important to perceive ourselves as having good qualities. A quote “you will become what you perceive” therefore makes a lot of sense.
3. As What We Really Are. It sounds vague. It is indeed vague. What we know of ourselves is only the tip of the iceberg of what we really are. There are still so many things about ourselves that we haven’t discovered yet. The only one to this thing is He who wired us. For sure, He designed us to be in his likeness. It means, we are ought to be great because He is the Greatest. We are supposed to discover these hidden qualities that will make us worthy to accomplish what we are supposed to accomplish. To determine these things is what defines the path to the discovery of our life’s purpose.
Original work from The Different Aspects of Yourself