Self-Knowledge is Power! Knowledge of Self Towards Successful Living

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                                       What is the relationship between Self-Knowledge and Self-Reflection?

picSnow White comes to mind when I take the time to self-reflect, “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who has the most self-knowledge of them all?” The mirror then replied, “Look within yourself to find the answer.” Okay, I know the previous dialogue was never actually said in the Snow White film but that is my reinterpretation of them when thinking of how one can discover self-knowledge.

I'd like to emphasise the need for self-knowledge as a key to enhancing yourselves in life. The reason for my over-zealousness in this regard is because I feel learning about oneself is an important and overlooked subject which, if encouraged, will greatly benefit this planet for generations to come.

Now going back to self-reflection, I feel it doesn’t only mean withdrawing into yourself and being deep in thought, it also means looking at your own reflection of self within the mirror of a clear perspective. The only way we can truly know ourselves is by examining our own minds without judgmental views and with freedom. We must look within ourselves with honesty, and without papering over the cracks of our flaws which will just open up again sometime in the future.

For us to improve ourselves for the better and achieve continuous growth we must identify any debilitating causes, open up the cracks, correct and reconstruct our minds, and by having self-knowledge one can achieve that purpose.

Knowledge vs. Self-Knowledge
Accumulating general knowledge can fill and stagnate the mind, leaving no room for growth towards self-learning, clarity and wisdom. Self-knowledge’s goal is not actually about accumulating, but it’s more to do with emptying the mind so one can think with more flexibility as well as being able to adapt to unforeseeable changes in life.

You must ask yourselves the question, “if there is no room for my mind to grow because of superfluous knowledge, then how can I find the space to learn about myself and surroundings during my whole lifetime?”

What does it mean to have Knowledge of Self?

Self-knowledge ultimately means having the knowledge to react positively to any given situation that may affect you in your life. Because if you know yourself, you will know life and will be able to conquer any enemies trying to siege the fortress of your mind.

How can one attain Self-Knowledge?

  • empty your minds of the useless knowledge that does not benefit your personal growth

  • absorb what is useful and learn from other sources such as books, video, audio or another person – be sure to use them only as a pointer and not a substitute for your own self-learning

  • be open minded and non-judgmental

  • be both observant and objective of yourself and in relationship with others

  • be aware of your behavior so to understand why you react in certain ways to different situations

  • Find time to be on your own so you can self-reflect and question yourself on life and any present obstacle in your mind

  • be independent of mind when making decisions and try not to be influenced by people or opinion which maybe false or go against your nature

  • write down your daily observations and thoughts, such as in a diary, personal journal or even a blog

What are the benefits of Self-Knowledge?

Self-knowledge will help you with:

  • your relationships with yourself and others

  • understanding and dealing with emotional issues

  • understanding your motives and behavior as well as others

  • being conscious of what is and is not in your power

  • being conscious of what you can and cannot achieve

  • knowing your strengths and weaknesses

  • becoming a good judge of character

  • enables one to develop objectivity, rationality, reason and, ultimately, wisdom

  • knowing how to overcome any difficulty and negative feelings when they arise

  • self-motivation and self-help

  • independence of oneself in making the right decisions and improving one’s emotional mood

  • continuous self-learning, self-improvement and personal growth throughout your whole life

Can one learn Self-Knowledge from external or secondary sources?

One can learn from enlightening books and people but it is somewhat limited towards your own self-knowledge. My advice is to use secondary avenues of knowledge as a guide (very much like what this blog is trying to achieve) towards learning about yourself and attaining wisdom.

One must not depend on these sources to provide you with the answers regarding yourself – which may only debilitate your own growth in the long run. One must have complete independence, and work towards achieving total understanding of oneself.

Look within the Mirror of Self
As you can see from the amount of benefits gained from having self-knowledge, it is most obvious that you should endeavor to begin learning about yourselves so to live successfully.

To be successful in life is not just about having a big bank account or becoming a managing director in your company. True success should be measured by one having attained the knowledge to live more consciously, intelligently and peacefully – which should all contribute towards one living a wise and fulfilling life.

In conclusion: Without self-knowledge there cannot be self-improvement of mind…and remember, the mirror of self never lies.

Posted by

Sharon Lee

Comments (16)

Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Sharon Lee,

Wow what a great post!  You are right the mirror of self never lies. I'm going to start with clearing my mind of useless knowledge that does not benefit my personal growth!

Sep 21, 2009 11:15 PM
Toula Rosebrock
Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ - Lacey Township, NJ
Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township,


Hi Sharon:

Some pretty powerful stuff here!

Continual self-learning/improvement....change is good!

Sep 21, 2009 11:58 PM
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!

I love the rflection of the water verse the sun.

Sep 22, 2009 12:03 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Sharon:  Good post!  Self-information gain be hard to gain because too many of us find it difficult to look truthfully at ourselves. 

Sep 22, 2009 02:08 AM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Sharon, you wise woman you!  I agree...I try to declutter my head with the useless info as much as possible!

Sep 22, 2009 02:30 AM
Sheldon Neal
Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited - Maywood, NJ
That British Agent Bergen County NJ

Hi There ! Well this was a deep one huh ! Brilliantly written and so very true.

I always strive for self improvement, and to do so those introspective moments of reflection and self knowledge are critical.

Very nicely put !

Cheers !


Sep 22, 2009 03:17 AM
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Sharon, we do need to live the examined life with reflection. To thine own self be true...

Sep 22, 2009 05:09 AM
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Sharon, deep thoughts for today! I must come back and absorb the information here, but now I know why I've forgotten so many things - my mind has discarded them to make room for personal growth.

Sep 22, 2009 05:13 AM
JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

You have to know who you are before you can become happy with who you are, it's just part of how this life works.

Sep 22, 2009 06:04 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Erasing that old mental hard drive -  getting rid of all the stuff in our heads we no longer need - is a lot easier said than done!

Sep 22, 2009 07:40 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Your photo goes so well with post Sharon.  I see my own life as a journey... it's not where I've been and it's not where I'm headed that matters, but the actual journey.  My faith is my compass for my journey and God is my guide when I go off the path. 

Sep 22, 2009 07:57 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Sharon, I loved reading this and every single word is true.  Each and every line would help us all tremendously and I especially liked

  • be open minded and non-judgmental

I can't imagine how helpful that would be in life for everyone to adhere to!

Sep 22, 2009 12:07 PM
Sheldon Neal
Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited - Maywood, NJ
That British Agent Bergen County NJ

... and I agree with what Carole said too :o)

Cheers !

Sep 22, 2009 12:27 PM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Hi Everybody-Thank you for all the wonderful comments. I have been working an extra job last week and this week so I am beat when I get home so I will catch up with everybody soon. Thank you for your friendship and support. <SMILE>


Sep 22, 2009 01:02 PM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Sharon - There is no way that I can not feature this post at one of my favorite groups at Activerain .........


Great job!

VB ;o)

Oct 17, 2009 12:02 PM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Thank you so much V.B-That means a LOT. BTW-Congrats on becoming an Ambassador. You will do well. Have a super weekend. <SMILE>

Oct 17, 2009 12:28 PM