Let’s be honest – how much self-awareness do you have? You might think this is a crazy question, after all you spend every day and night with yourself, obviously you know yourself!
But perhaps you don’t! Self-awareness requires being intentional about learning about yourself and being really honest with yourself. If you’ve never taken the time to get to know yourself, you've probably got a lot to learn!
Self-awareness can improve your life, and prevent future agony. Getting to know yourself is scary, but vital.
Getting to know yourself:
Keep a journal. Record your life and thoughts each day, to gain insight into your psyche. List the high and low points, and your feelings around them. You’ll find your life develops in new ways.
Evaluate successes and failures. Successes and failures will tell you a lot about yourself.
Why were you successful? How did those successes make you feel? What did you do after a success?
Do the same with your failures. Are you a quitter? Why do you quit? Do you fail to set goals? Understanding your failures is powerful. Learn from your mistakes and shortcomings, and use the information to become more capable and powerful.
The low and high points of your life are educational and enlightening.
Examine your likes and dislikes. Do you like team sports or individual sports? Do you like skydiving or playing poker? What types of people do you like and dislike? The activities and people you enjoy or avoid can give you a peek into your psyche.
Self-awareness will help you build an enjoyable and meaningful life. It will teach you how to motivate yourself and build new habits.
It’s difficult to have a meaningful level of emotional intelligence without self-awareness. You’ll always be a mystery to yourself, unless you develop a high level of self-awareness.
You’ll have more control over your life and results if you’re more self-aware.