The Importance of Self-Awareness and How to Become More Self-Aware

Self-awareness means having a definite perception of your own personality, beliefs, strengths, weaknesses, and emotions. It means you understand your needs, desires, habits and everything else about yourself.

This allows you to fully understand other people as well, how they perceive you as a person, your reactions, and attitudes, and how you respond to them at the moment.

Why is it important to be self-aware?

The more you know about yourself, the better you understand how to respond to certain situations and how to adapt to changes that fit your needs. Developing self-awareness is the first step in mastering your life. You will be able to change your thoughts and evaluations you create in your mind.

When you change your thoughts accordingly, you can also change your emotions. This is also called as emotional intelligence and self-awareness is one of its attributes. The more you pay attention to your emotions, what makes you tick, and how they work, the clearer your understanding of why you do the things that you do.

Self-Awareness in your Relationships

Relationships are hard work. Both parties should have the ability to understand each other and have the willingness to put in effort or it won’t work. This goes to all relationships and not just romantic relationships.

 When you have an understanding of your own behavioral patterns, it will be easier for you to change your thoughts and emotions. You will develop empathy that will greatly help in facilitating a healthy relationship.

How to Develop Self-Awareness

Self-awareness can be developed through focus exercises. You have to focus your attention on yourself to fully understand your personality, emotions, and behaviors. Here are a few ways on how you can be more self-aware.

1. Objectively look at yourself.

When you learn to look at yourself objectively, you can get a better understanding of your past decisions. This involves understanding your life story as well. Just like in any other stories, knowing the history or background of the person will make you understand the person’s motivations and how the personalities and characters developed.

The next time you have to make a decision, you will be able to make wise choices. You will be able to change your point of view and see things objectively. You will know if your decisions are reasonable or if you are just acting on your emotions.

2. Create your mission statement or manifesto.

We set our own missions in life. We all need goals. If you lack self-awareness, you will find it difficult to say what you want in life. Write what you want to achieve to push yourself into figuring out what you really want. Start with simple things and work your way to more complicated goals.

If you don’t know where to start or if you need a guide on writing your manifesto or other information on how to achieve your goals and other productivity hacks, paper help is worth visiting if you are not comfortable asking other people.

3. Keep a journal.

As mentioned, understanding your own life story is essential in understanding yourself. If you want to accurately measure yourself and to deeply understand where you are coming from, keeping a journal is a great way to rediscover yourself.

Document everything in your life if you want to develop self-awareness. Include the little things because everything matters. According to the statistical data, provided by Supreme Dissertations, sometimes, we do things on a whim and writing everything down to review later will make us understand why we did what we did. How you confront your life challenges determines your level of self-awareness. Your challenges shaped you to be the person that you are.

When you review your own journal, try to review the circumstances that lead to it. Ask yourself questions and you will surely find your answers there. This is also a practice of looking at yourself objectively. You will begin to see different aspects of yourself you aren’t aware of before as well as discover things you didn’t notice before. As Sigmund Freud said it, you will know thyself.

You will see your own destructive patterns. You know what triggers your anxiety. You will be aware of them next time and instinctively make better decisions. Knowing all of these simply mean that you are on your way to self-improvement, which is the main purpose of self-awareness.

4. Perform self-assessment or self-reflections.

Set aside some time every day to reflect on your life. This helps you focus on other aspects of your life that are more important. You can take a short walk, pray, meditate or exercise. Reflections or self-assessment take many forms. Do what works for you. Soon it will be a good habit that you use to calm your mind and develop your sense of well-being.

5. Observe yourself, your attitude, and your emotions when dealing with other people.

When you deal with other people be it your friend, family members, classmates, and colleagues, observe your attitude towards them. Review your emotions when they do something or say something that triggers any kind of emotions. You can write it down on your journal and review it later.

This is a good practice of self-awareness in relationships. You can make changes on how you react to certain situations and get better results in dealing with people in general.

6. Ask for honest feedbacks from family and trusted friends.

Sometimes, other people have their own perception of us that are different from what we really think of ourselves. It is what we called as “blind spots.” Most of the time, we are not aware of these blind spots until one person pointed it out.

Seek honest feedbacks from your trusted circle of friends. It may be a hard pill to swallow but it is very helpful in developing self-awareness. You will begin to know your triggers. According to a research, there are three main psychological triggers that impede our learning: truth, relationship, and identity triggers. When we can point it out ourselves, we can change our emotions and behaviors.

You should understand that self-awareness is self-introspection. Do not mistake it for self-absorption or over thinking. Both are destructive behaviors that get you nowhere but can also be discovered and changed through self-awareness.

It is important to become self-aware to catch destructive behaviors, deadly thoughts, and damaging emotions early in the dynamic. It is the first step in mastering your life and nurtures your relationships. It will not happen in a day. It will take years of self-reflection and introspection, but it can be done with practice.

Once you are more self-aware, you will find that you have become a better person, a better leader, and a better role model to other people. Your inner sense of well-being, your self-control, openness, transparency and even vulnerability will get through life’s challenges.

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