Do you know who you are?
What makes you happy? What gets you excited? What is it that gets your juices flowing? What do you think about right before you go to bed? What is the first thing on your mind when you wake up? What defines your reality? Power and wealth? Money and opulence? A great career? High-status artifacts? Good health and relationships? Your family?
Knowing who you are begins with self-assessing. Self-assessing is knowing where you are at that moment in time. It is being aware of your essence—the complete you. Self-assessment means to evaluate every aspect of your reality from the inside out.
In order to experience happiness at the highest levels, it necessitates understanding who you are and what compels you—meaning, your motivation.
A person cannot fully become if s/he spends his or her time chasing after—whatever it is. Society has sold us on the narrative about pursuing above everything else— pursuing our dreams, goals, aspirations, ambitions and desires. But the joy of living is found neither in the pursuit nor the accomplishment. Pleasure that comes from the chase is usually temporary and fleeting.
This is not to say that a person should not pursue his or her goals. What is being suggested is that one should not pursue to be happy or to find fulfillment. Conversely, it is out of the abundance of one’s happiness and sense of being that a person should move toward his or her dreams.