We never get to know what we are capable of until we are confronted with comparisons. These comparisons are done by two agents: External and Internal Agents.
External Agents are beings outside of us whom by measure of being close to an individual compares such individual with other persons either to provoke or to steer such individual towards unleashing his/her trapped potential.
Internal Agents are the mental workings of the mind within the individual themselves. Comparison of self with others causes two things: self-pity or self-discovery. It is hoped that any internal comparison going on in the head of any individual must cause such an individual to reach deep in him/herself so as to release the potential embedded within for the purpose of reaching out to the world. However, this is not always the case.
While the above forms of comparison could swing between positive and negative effect, comparison of self with others best achieves desired result; discovery/re-discovery, positioning/re-positioning and launching//re-relaunching. It is advised that each individual do a regular comparison of self with others so as to assess self-based on analyzed data. Only at that can growth be attained.
How do we achieve desired results from self analysis or analysis of self by others?
- Analyze the people who surround you – Any analysis about you by you or by others must consider analysis of those within your circle as they play a major factor in who you are or become.
- Make your personal fun list, the list of activities you like, your hobbies etc. – This seems mundane, but how you relax and what you relax with influences the person you are. You can take cue from activities of those you wish to model after.
- Carefully analyze how you’re spending your time, money, energy and other resources. – More money can be made, more time can be created for a project/dream, there can be new lease of energy. However, time, money, and energy lost cannot be regained. So get started on the right path now!
- Perform a personal SWOT analysis – A critical evaluation of your Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats greatly aid in any meaningful analysis of yourself.
While this is a good guide to successful analysis of oneself, it does not hold absolute rule on how the world works. I strongly believe that there is need for a bit of luck here and there.
“The unexamined life is not worth living” – Socrates.