What Does It Mean To Be Self-Aware?
I’ve found that the leading contribution to feelings of disempowerment is a lack of awareness.
When we have an insightful perspective on whatever challenges we face, the more likely we are to arrive at a solution to our problems.
To be aware is to clearly see all the moving parts, even if you don’t know what to do with them. There is great power in naming negative emotions, fears, limiting beliefs, old patterns etc. because once you know your adversary, you become all the more capable of disarming it.
There is also power is knowing your strengths and gifts, your values, beliefs, personality quirks, and what brings you joy and fulfillment.
The baseline for change and transformation is always self-awareness.
Healthy self-awareness means:
1. Being aware of our changing emotions, and knowing who and what tends to trigger them. Then, using that knowledge to choose how you respond.
2. Being aware of our negative, destructive thoughts patterns, and challenging our tendencies to jump to wrong conclusions … or to over-exaggerate how terrible things are.
3. Being aware of what is happening, and changing, in our bodies so we know when we are stressed, or are reaching breaking point.
4. Understanding our habits and behavioural patterns – so we’re not at their mercy, and they don’t control our lives.
5. Being aware of our assumptions and expectations, and knowing how they influence various aspects of our lives – like the goals we set, and the things we say and do.
6. Being aware of how our actions, our words and responses affect and influence other people in our lives (in both a positive and negative way).