Self-awareness is the opening to discover who you are. So, before we delve into that, lets first examine how to have more self- awareness so you can reach deeper into who you are. When you become fully aware of your inner self, preferences, intuitions, skills, and resources, you will possess a personal proficiency of yourself.
You are the commander of your body, the vessel which you will navigate through your life, filled with blessings and challenges in the uncharted ground. You have control over all things you. You control and can improve your reaction and emotions when you have a deeper understanding of yourself.
It is a much smoother course to sail, under rigorous and sometimes spontaneous issues that crop up from time to time. Perhaps, more importantly, you can improve your reaction to the unexpected when you are aware of how your unconscious- self reacts to these types of situations.
The benefits are many as you discover your true self.
Bear in mind that many have yet to find self-awareness. Only in finding yourself can you influence and change your mindset. Failing in this obligation to yourself is bound to leave you facing similar roadblocks and obstacles, unbeknownst to you why you are destined to repeat the same course over and over again.
Having self- awareness allows you to take actions that bring about a brutal assessment of yourself. It offers you a greater insight into who you are, enables you dig further into your soul to get to the real issues that hold you back from being the best you can be and push you forward to find fulfillment.
Have you found yourself in a situation where you sense people on your team avoid approaching you with issues? For people who lack self-awareness, this matter would not bother them at the very least. Whereas, an individual with self- awareness will try to understand why no one would approach them with an issue, then take steps to resolve the matter.
These two individuals have a significant difference. One person has the willingness and ability to get to the bottom of the problem, while the other isn’t interested. The former has the power of self-awareness – the power to fix the issues and to recognize when they are the problem.
Boost Self Awareness
When trying to establish the foundation of your self-awareness, two key questions emerge. Who are you? What do you desire to be?
Inevitably, the answers will, of course, vary from person to person. To engage in the understanding of yourself, I propose you respond to these five broad, but vital questions.
1. Today, what kind of individual you aspire to be?
2. In looking at your activities, what do you feel make time fly by quicker than other activities?
3. What activities do I participate in that make me proud of myself, regardless of the outcome?
4. What situations make me feel upset, and what do they have in common?
5. What keeps me focused when I feel overwhelmed?
When you have insight on what saddens you or make you happy, you tapped into that level of self-awareness that motivates you above all else. According to Inc. Magazine, leaders ask themselves the above questions daily. Why? Because each day we learn and grow. Each day you have a better understanding of who you are and can focus on your goals. With each new day, you have a choice to be who you desire to be.
Do you plan to start the day off happy, confident, and ready to take on the world? Or do the obstacles you’re facing make quiver and wanting to pull the covers over your head and go back to bed and forget the day entirely? No matter how you plan to meet the day, your day will still contain the same situations, obstacles, and challenges. Deciding on how you want to face the day makes all the difference in how you handle it. Will it bolster your self-awareness or not?
Self-esteem and self-awareness come from understanding what makes you tick. It is about knowing what brings joy into your life and what sparks the pride in you.
Ask yourself what activities you enjoy so much that doing them makes the time pass quickly. To understand how to be your best self, engage in activities that bring you peace and joy. Thinking about the actions that bring you pride helps you know what motivates you as you expand your self-awareness.
During struggles in life, you need self-awareness to help overcome obstacles. Consider what situations make you upset and what they have in common. Does your work, a particular person, or a specific activity upset you? How do you stay focused when you are involved in many different things? By answering these questions, you become aware of things about yourself that you may need to strengthen or improve.