What was written at the entrance to the Temple of Apollo at Delphi in ancient Greece?
Fact: The wisdom of the ancients inscribed at Delphi was captured in two words, variously attributed to a dozen different Greek sages, from Socrates to Pythagoras. “Know Thyself” is as important today as it has ever been. Contemporary sages, from fields as diverse as neuroscience, positive psychology, organizational development, and leadership studies echo—each from their own perspective—this fundamental truth. Only when we come to understand ourselves more deeply will we be able to lead others along the path to enlightenment, whether that be as a more resilient leader, a parent or teacher, an athletic coach or a business consultant.
Action: No matter how daunting or difficult it may seem, carve out some “sacred” time and space for yourself on a regular basis where you can be alone with yourself, your thoughts and feelings, your moods and memories—a place where you can simply “be aware” and where your only agenda is to “know thyself”.