Building Self-Awareness

It’s often said, “You cannot change what you will not see.” Self-awareness is the process of acknowledging not only your strengths, but your weaknesses as well. Becoming self-aware entails listening to your body, your intution, your thoughts and and your feelings and taking action based on what you hear.

Would you like to see some changes in your life? You can begin making any changes you want by building self-awareness. Self-awareness is a self-conscious state where you are clearly focused on yourself and your well being.

When you’re in tune with your body, you know when to say no to that extra piece of cake or to staying up late. And you know to voice a confident yes to the possibilities that come your way. You become more in tune with your body and spirit the more often you respect their signals to you. Self-awareness is a process. The more you do it, the better you become at it.

How do you become self-aware?

These tips will help you in your journey to self-awareness:

1. Reflect on who you are and who you’d like to become. While it’s important to notice your limits, faults and weaknesses, it’s equally important to acknowledge your strengths.

The better you understand yourself, the better you’re able to accept yourself as you are or change the things you’d like to be different. Self-awareness requires you to be honest with yourself and have the courage to change the things you can.

  • A full recognition of yourself as you truly are gives you the opportunity to become the self-fulfilled person you’re destined to be.

Looking deep within your soul, you’ll find the many character traits that make you unique. Begin by acknowledging the positive things. This will strengthen and encourage you to face the less favorable character traits without abandoning your new venture.

On the other hand, when evaluating your strengths and weaknesses, don’t let your pride or a sense of shame get the best of you. If you magnify either your strengths or your weaknesses, you can’t possibly get a realistic picture of yourself.

  • Until you examine the truth of who you are, you cannot move into the person you can become.

2. Pay attention to your likes and dislikes. Far too often, people make life-changing choices without acknowledging deeply rooted personal preferences.

  • Before you embark on goals for your future, have a full awareness of the things you especially enjoy and those you prefer not to have in your life.

3. Face your inner self. During your self-awareness process, think about your motivations, dreams, fears and stressors. Think about why you feel the way you do, then begin to work toward winning these inner battles.

4. Ask your loved ones’ opinions. Talk to people who know you best and really listen to what they see as your dominant character traits and motivations. Ask them to be completely honest with you and be prepared to hear their opinions.

  • You may not be your own best judge of character. Accept the way your loved ones see you as part of this process. Consider their opinions along with your own analysis in order to see the full picture of who you are.

Self-awareness is a necessary part of self-esteem and change. If you want to grow as an individual, begin with a complete and honest picture of who you are now. This total awareness will start your journey to becoming the best you can be.

All good things,
John

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