Confidence through self-awareness?!

There are lots of articles out there speaking about the power of knowing yourself. Knowing yourself makes your life much easier, makes you happier and what not. Citing Aristotle is a common thing to do when speaking about self-awareness. He said, ” Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”. I really don’t want to question Aristotle’s words, but transferring what he believed into the current century, what does it even mean to be wise? Is it still the same concept as 2400 years ago? Is wisdom even the ultimate goal to reach? And if not, do we really need to know who we really are or who we want to be?

Let’s have a look at what social media tells us about that

While we are constantly trying to project a picture of ourselves how we would like to be perceived in social media, isn’t the ultimate goal for most of us to perfectly fit in? To get as many likes for our posts as possible and to get our confidence boosted by the flame and heart icons in the comments of your pictures. The closer you present yourself to what others like, the more you get boosted. Isn’t the ultimate goal then nowadays to play the role of someone that is widely celebrated by the majority of people? And by doing so, aren’t we rather going farther away from knowing who we really are?

How to get to know who you are?

What you think who you are, depends, of course, a lot on what others give you back as feedback about how they see you as a person. In the research about self-awareness, speaking with people around you is the first hurdle that needs to be taken to find out who you really are. But isn’t that dangerous? Let’s assume that Aristotele was right and self-awareness leads to wisdom, but will it also lead to confidence? Asking for feedback can be challenging for your ego and it might be a hard first step to take in a world in that we strive for acceptance.

Confidence through self-awareness?

I don’t have an answer for you (yet). But if you think about it, only when we are aware of our strengths and weaknesses, we can clear up our life – get rid of things, people, relationships and actions that don’t make you happy and start doing things we love – and then become more confident. We should be proud of the things that we are good at, work on the things that we are not so good at. And at some point, we hopefully lose that need to fit in and can just be who we are.

In one of his articles, the author Darius Foroux developed a list of 20 questions, that might help us to identify better who we are. Let’s try this out! For me, the hardest one to answer was ” What makes me afraid? “. I think it’s because I always try to convince people that I am strong and nothing scares me (although, I am pretty sure that this is not true). Anyways, that made it hard for me to understand what “afraid” means to me, but at least I know now what I can work on to know myself better. What was your hardest question to answer?

For me, the hardest one to answer was ” What makes me afraid? “. I think it’s because I always try to convince people that I am strong and nothing scares me (although, I am pretty sure that this is not true). Anyways, that made it hard for me to understand what “afraid” means to me, but at least I know now what I can work on to know myself better. What was your hardest question to answer?

WONDA and confidence

picture of happy girl in a bikini with a quote from aristotle saying "knowing yourself is the beginning of wisdom"

For us, being comfortable in our bodies and to be confident in a bikini was something that we were lacking before we started WONDA. And we got that feedback from a lot of women out there. Our mission was and is to make all of them feel sexy and attractive in their bodies. On the beach and on the water, this works best when you find a bikini that really fits and adapts to your shape, marks and curves. If you feel comfortable and sexy, the confidence comes along. Therefore, we researched all the different body types and came up with solutions for (almost) everyone. I am saying “almost” because we are still improving with every step we take. If you have the feeling we are missing something in our portfolio, we would be super happy if you could let us know what it is.

My personal favourite is our top Betty in combination with our bottom Cape Town. Betty makes my boobs look round and stable and pushes them more inside (when crossed in the back). Cape Town is perfect for my almost non-existing V shape booty. The “hipster” format in the back lets it appear more round as well.

As you might have recognized, I am still so far away from knowing who I really am, but I am constantly working on getting to know me better and I will definitely keep you posted about how this is going.