Self Development Exercise Seven: Your Ideal Self

  1. Consider the type of person that is your ideal self: the person you would ideally like to become, if given the chance.

  2. Examine your strengths and weaknesses again (ensure that this exercise is conducted separately from the one detailed in Exercise 1).

  3. How might you have to change in the future to move closer to your ideal self?

  4. Do you see any of these changes being made in the future?

  5. What would the downsides be?

  6. Write down your goals. How do these contribute with regards to your ideal self? How important do you consider these goals to be? What do you see happening if you achieve any or all of these goals?

The final stage of the initial self-realisation process, this exercise looks to examine a person’s ideal self – what they consider to be the perfect way for them to be, physically and psychologically. This will help to identify several things. Firstly, what the student’s overall objectives are in aiming to change themselves – having already committed themselves to doing so, it would be helpful to examine what it is they inevitably aim to achieve. It should be noted that they might not believe that they will ever attain those things which classify as constituting their ideal self, but it is nonetheless helpful to have some idea of what sorts of changes they desire for themselves.

Secondly, it also helps to compare what a person consider their ideal self to what we, as Jedi Realists, consider to be our overall ideal – what embodies a true Jedi Realist? If a student’s idea of an ideal self is that different from that which we maintain, inevitably it needs to be examined as to precisely why there is such a major difference – and, again, it might be helpful to return to the reasons for the student choosing the Jedi Path as opposed to some other ideology or path in life.

Finally, it enables the student to identify the qualities that they see as ideal – not everyone has a clearly defined sense of what their ideal self is. Before proceeding further into the training process, it helps if the student has some idea as to what theirs is, if for no other reason than to help with the two aforementioned stages of identification. It would be doubtful that a student possesses absolutely no idea of what sorts of personality traits or physical attributes they might consider as being the ideal – if that ever is the case, they should nonetheless be encouraged to consider one, since doing so will inevitably reveal quite a lot about their self-esteem and self-awareness capability.