What is Self-Awareness?

16th January 2019

Self-awareness is your ability to look within and acknowledge your thoughts and individuality.

When you focus your attention on your inner-world, you see yourself in terms of your values and standards. And what’s more, you evaluate your beliefs, thoughts, behaviours and words by those values and standards.

A lot of what people say and do can be unconscious and automatic. It’s so ingrained in them to think and act in a certain way, that they are not even aware they’re doing it. But since all thoughts, words, and actions have consequences, it makes sense to identify those behaviours that do not serve us or the people we care about.

The idea is to become self-aware enough to guide ourselves to the thoughts and actions that are up to (or higher than) our personal standards. And this is a major key in personal happiness and healthy/thriving relationships.

To develop more self awareness, mindfulness is needed - the capacity to turn one's focus within instead of being fixated on the external world. 

Trying to see yourself as you really are can be a very difficult process, but if you make the right efforts, getting to know your real self can be extremely rewarding. When you are able to see yourself objectively, you can learn how to accept yourself and find ways to improve yourself in the future.

In order to have self-awareness, you must do self-reflection. This requires setting aside some time, hopefully every day, to honestly look at yourself as a person and a leader. Committing to this practice can help you improve.

In our demanding business world, daily self-reflection is easier said than done. There is always pressure to do more with less, and an endless flow of information through our portable technology.

Because it takes time to self-reflect, start by setting aside just 15 minutes each day. Self-reflection is most effective when you use a journal and write down your thoughts. It’s also best to find a quiet place to think.

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