Sometimes, the most difficult question you can answer is “Who are you?”
I’ve struggled with this myself, asking over and over again: Who am I, really?
Here are 15 example answers you can use for this question!
1) What are my motivations?
One way to answer the question “who am I?” is to look at what your motivations are.
When you’re trying to understand your motivations, you need to ask yourself why.
Why do you do what you do? What is the end result of it?
If you can answer these questions, you’ll be on the right track to understanding your actions and why they were important.
2) Who are my friends?
Another way to answer the question “who am I?” is to consider who your friends are.
Who do you hang out with? Who do you trust?
Our social circle makes up a big part of who we are.
You are the average of the five people you hang out with most, so naturally, your friends play a huge role in answering the question “Who am I?”
3) What are my values?
Finding an answer to the question of “Who am I?” can be done by asking yourself what your values are.
This is a difficult question to answer, as there are many different sets of values that could apply to someone.
But it’s important to think about what makes you happy, and what makes you feel good in your skin.
Maybe you value spending time with loved ones, traveling, learning new things, or simply feeling alive. These are all important factors to consider when answering this question.
4) What do I want out of life?
Another way to answer the question “who am I?” is by asking yourself what you want out of life.
What do you want in your life? What do you want to be doing in five years? Ten years?
This question can be a tough one, but it’s important to think about what you want, and why.
Maybe you want to travel the world, write a book, start your own business. These are all crucial aspects of who you are as a person!
But sometimes it can feel hard to figure out how to create an exciting life for oneself.
What does it take to build a life filled with exciting opportunities and passion-fueled adventures?
Most of us hope for a life like that, but we feel stuck, unable to achieve the goals we wishfully set at the start of each year.
I felt the same way until I took part in Life Journal. Created by teacher and life coach Jeanette Brown, this was the ultimate wake-up call I needed to stop dreaming and start taking action.
So what makes Jeneatte’s guidance more effective than other self-development programs?
Jeanette’s created a unique way of putting YOU in control of your life.
She’s not interested in telling you how to live your life. Instead, she’ll give you lifelong tools that’ll help you achieve all your goals, keeping the focus on what you’re passionate about.
And that’s what makes Life Journal so powerful.
If you’re ready to start living the life you’ve always dreamt of, you need to check out Jeanette’s advice. Who knows, today could be the first day of your new life.
5) What inspired me to become who I am?
There’s another way to answer the question “who am I?” – by looking at what inspired you to become who you are.
What in your life led you to become the person that you are today?
Maybe a teacher, a mentor, or a family member inspired you at some point in your life.
These are all important pieces of the puzzle to finding your identity.
The following are some examples of what could inspire you to become who you are:
- a beautiful memory
- a teacher
- a mentor
- traumatic experiences
- a desire to change
6) What does my identity mean to me?
Many people struggle with the question of what their identity means to them.
It is actually a great way to answer the question of “Who am I?”.
What does your identity mean to you?
People can have many identities that they are proud of.
For example, you could be a mother, a brother, an artist, a doctor, a teacher.
These are all important aspects of who you are!
Figuring out what you identify with and what meaning that carries for your life is a great way to get started on this question.
Remember: you are not limited to one personality.
For example, you could be:
- a daughter
- a wife
- a sister
- an artist
- an athlete
- a writer
- a businesswoman and
- a mother
…all at the same time!
7) What is the purpose of my life?
One of the most important questions to answer is “What is the purpose of my life?”
This question helps you understand your goals and motivations for living.
It can help you figure out what kind of life is best for you and your family. Additionally, it can help you make decisions about how to spend your time and money.
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8) What is the meaning of my existence?
This is a difficult question to answer, but it will tell you a lot about who you are.
There are many different interpretations of what the meaning of life might be.
Some people believe that the meaning of life is to find a purpose or a mission in life.
Others believe that the meaning of life is to live in the present and enjoy each moment.
There are many different interpretations, it’s up to you to find out yours.
9) Who am I not really?
Sometimes, it’s easier to go backward and answer the opposite question: Who am I not?
This could be anything you don’t identify with. You see, the more things you can name that are NOT you, the closer you will get to the truth of who you really are!
10) Am I good or bad?
Some people answer the question of “Who am I?” by asking: “Am I good or bad?”
This is a very important question to ask.
It is a critical first step in the self-discovery process.
The answer to this question will help you make decisions about your life and your values.
Whatever your answer, ask yourself why that is and if you are content with the answer.
But what if you could change the answer and become the best version of yourself possible?
The truth is, most of us never realize how much power and potential lies within us.
We become bogged down by continuous conditioning from society, the media, our education system, and more.
The reality we create becomes detached from the reality that lives within our consciousness.
I learned this (and much more) from the world-renowned shaman Rudá Iandé. In this excellent free video, Rudá explains how you can lift the mental chains and get back to the core of your being.
A word of caution – Rudá isn’t your typical shaman.
He doesn’t paint a pretty picture or sprout toxic positivity like so many other gurus do.
Instead, he’s going to force you to look inwards and confront the demons within. It’s a powerful approach, but one that works.
So if you’re ready to take this first step and align your dreams with your reality, there’s no better place to start than with Rudá’s unique technique
11) Who am I supposed to be like, and why?
Often we feel like we have to live up to people’s expectations and that this defines who we are. Some of these expectations could be:
- I should be someone who is determined and proactive.
- I should be someone who is optimistic and enjoys life.
- I should be someone who is loyal and reliable.
- I should be someone who is creative and has a lot of energy.
- I should be someone who is intelligent and can think outside the box.
- I should be someone who is passionate about their work and loves to learn new things.
- I should be somebody who is loyal, supportive, and honest.
These things can also aid as aspirations, what you want to become, not who you really are.
However, they do tell a story about your current self, as well.
If you believe that these are true, it will be difficult to break out of the mold.
It is important to ask yourself if these things really describe who you are, or if they are merely a reflection of who others see you as.
This can help you discover who you would like to be, not who someone else wants you to be.
12) What do I want out of life?
Sometimes, we ask ourselves “Who am I?” when we really need to be asking ourselves what it is we want out of life.
This could be the case when we are feeling stuck or upset by our current situation.
If you’re not sure what you want out of life, it is important to identify what you do like about your life and what you don’t like about it.
There are many different things that people enjoy about their lives, such as:
- I enjoy working.
- I enjoy the feeling of accomplishment and pride I get from working hard and accomplishing goals.
- I enjoy the feeling of security that comes with having a steady income.
- I enjoy the feeling of belonging to a community, being part of a group, and sharing the same experiences with others.
- I enjoy being able to be myself around others.
Once you have identified what you like about your life, it will be easier to figure out who you are.
13) What do I want to be?
Many people ask themselves “Who am I?” when they are looking for a career path or a job.
If you are unsure of what you want to do, it is important to identify what interests you and what motivates you.
These things will help narrow down your options in the future.
Identifying your interests will help you identify what career path you want to pursue.
If you’re not sure what interests you, it is important to identify what you like about your current work and what keeps you from wanting to change jobs.
Sometimes, we are scared of change because we are not sure if the new job or career path will be better than our current one.
Once you have identified what keeps you from wanting to change jobs, it will be easier to figure out who you are and which career path would be best for you moving forward.
14) What am I good at?
It is important to identify what you are good at when trying to find an answer to the question “Who am I?”.
Your skills usually reflect your passions, so it’s an important aspect to look at.
On that note:
15) What are my passions?
The next way to answer the question “Who am I?” is by looking at what your passions are.
If you are unsure of what your passions are, it is important to identify what interests you and what motivates you.
What do you love to do, that never feels like work?
Once you have identified what you like to do, it will be easier to figure out who you are.