We usually identify our existence with our position in society, our jobs, our friends and family, etc. We rarely take the time to contemplate the real nature of our existence; to ask the question, “𝗪𝗛𝗢 𝗔𝗠 𝗜?” This is what self awareness is all about.
Self-awareness is the ability to focus on ourselves and how our actions, thoughts, or emotions do or don’t align with our internal standards.
If we’re highly self-aware, we can objectively evaluate ourselves, manage our emotions, align our behavior with our values, and understand correctly how others perceive us.
Let’s look at some benefits of being self aware:
1. Self-awareness is the first step to setting goals. Once we’re aware of our strengths and weaknesses, we’ll know which goals we need to set and the strategies that will help us achieve them.
2. It makes us better communicators and enhances our self-confidence and worth; as we are become more aware of our strengths, weaknesses, and talents.
3. It helps us manage stress. Being self aware also involves knowing what triggers us to feel stressed. Knowing these triggers would help us respond to them more calmly when they come up.
So, how do you practice and develop self awareness?
1. Meditation. You can develop a clearer understanding of yourself and your emotions, through meditation, making it easier to develop your self-awareness.
2. Have a journal and write down your thoughts, goals and priorities. Write down what you want to do and track your progress.
3. Ask trusted friends.
While many people believe they are self-aware, having an outside perspective is helpful in a clearer understanding of yourself.
At the end of the day, you’ll realize that there’s more to you than meets the eye. This practice called Self Awareness, opens your mind to new perspective which helps you deal with life’s challenges and diverse situations.
Are you ready to go on this journey?
Begin by asking these questions:
𝗪𝗵𝘆 𝗱𝗼 𝗶 𝗮𝗰𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝘆 𝗜 𝗱𝗼? 𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗲𝘅𝗰𝗶𝘁𝗲𝘀 𝗺𝗲? 𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝗿𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲𝘀 𝗺𝗲? 𝗪𝗵𝘆 𝗱𝗼 𝗜 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗽𝗼𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝗶𝘁𝘂𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝘆 𝗜 𝗱𝗼? 𝗪𝗵𝘆 𝗱𝗼 𝗜 𝗴𝗿𝗮𝘃𝗶𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝘁𝗼𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗰𝘂𝗹𝗮𝗿 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲?
Self-awareness won’t fix all of your problems, but it is a big step toward improvement.