Becoming self-aware is the greatest and most treasured gift we can give to ourselves and to others.
It is one of the most important skills we can develop, which that moves us from a state of mechanical thinking and acting, to a conscious and deliberate way of being. Only when we are self-aware, we are truly able to make clear choices based on a deepened understanding of ourselves. Outside of this, we are simply reacting based on our conditioning.
Strengthening your self-awareness muscles moves you from the passenger’s seat of your life, into the driver’s seat, where you are directing the course of your life.
When you are aware of your beliefs, thoughts, perspectives, strengths, opportunities for growth, emotions and the reasons for your choices, you are better able to determine how you experience life.
It provides you with the insight needed, to take an honest, non-judgmental look at yourself, to determine what is working and what isn’t working for you. It then enables you to make the necessary changes to the beliefs, thoughts and actions that may be limiting you, while empowering you to institute more serving and expansive ones.
I firmly believe that self-awareness is a must have skill. It is without a doubt a game changer and ultimately, the key to your continuous growth and overall success.
Here are 6 practical ways you can begin to strengthen your self-awareness muscles, in support of being the very best you. I hope they serve you as much as they have served me.
- Spend quality time with yourself regularly reflecting, introspecting and getting to know all aspects of your being.
- Develop a meditation practice to help quiet the noisy mind, which can often be a barrier to being more aware.
- Frequently tune into your emotional body. Ask yourself, “What am I feeling in this moment.”
- Objectively question and assess your patterns of behavior and habits. Ask yourself questions like, “Why am I doing this?” “Why do I feel this way? “How is this serving me?”
- Spend time journaling your thoughts. Journaling provides you with an opportunity to get clear on your thoughts.
- Ask people you trust and respect to objectively point out blind spots. We all have things about us we are unaware of. Asking for objective feedback helps us to learn more about ourselves.