What is self-realization?
Self-realization and personal growth are basic personal qualities to free ourselves from the shackles of restrictive conditioning, rules, and habits. We inherit these outdated beliefs about pretty much everything – love, work, money, education, sex, and health – and pass them on from generation to generation.
But what if we could remove these outdated ideas and start again? What would our lives look like if we forgot the rules of the past and defined new ones?
It takes courage, perseverance, and patience to dedicate ourselves to the hard but very rewarding work on the self — because that is the only way we become truly free and happy.
I build my life on a simple system of three principles. The approach rests on health which I divide into four categories: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. Without health, no matter how smart or fast we are, we will never be truly happy.
The three principles – smarter, faster, happier – are ideals that we do not possess like material things. We need to practice these ideals every day and, above all, constantly improve them – through timeless knowledge, new inspirations, and insights that we get from books, mentors, or like-minded people.
The more extensively we practice these ideals as a basic attitude, the smarter, faster, and happier we pursue our own dreams and realize our Self.
Helpful approaches and exercises for self-realization
There are a variety of approaches and exercises. Here I list helpful, self-tested approaches and exercises that I have successfully tried and integrated into my life.
I deliberately do not refer to any external references, as I will write about all the approaches and exercises in the future – based on my research, understanding, and experience.
- Miracle Morning
- Miracle Evening
- Hiking (10k steps)
- Diets (e.g. Bulletproof, intermittent fasting, slow-carb)
- Ecstatic Dance
- Tai Chi
- Reading, well!
- Vipassana Meditation
- Breathing tests
- Personality tests (Myer Briggs, StrengthsFinder, Enneagramm)
- Produktivität | Getting Things Done
- 5-Second-Rule | 90-Second-Rule
- Define goals, well!
- Growth Mindset
- Family constellation (German: Familienaufstellung)
- Love fearlessly
- Vipassana Meditation Retreats (Vipassana, Germany)
- Mentors, coaches & teachers
- The way of the superior man
- The Three Principles
- Contemplate death
- Law of Attraction
- Burning Man
- No Regrets
Reflecting on habits for self-realization
Actions and habits are an essential part of self-realization. The better we understand, reflect and adapt our actions and thus our daily habits, the more self-determined we become.
We are less driven by our auto-pilot and can proactively determine what we do, how, and with whom.