Self-awareness is invaluable. Knowing what we need and then being able to attend to ourselves is one of the most powerful tools to have in your tool belt.
The ability to focus on yourself and how your actions, thoughts, or emotions do or don’t align with your internal standards. If you’re highly self-aware, you can objectively evaluate yourself, manage your emotions, align your behavior with your values, and understand correctly how others perceive you.
Perhaps you’re a procrastinator who knows they must work without distraction, a self-doubter prone to negative self-talk and needs positive mantras, or someone who requires external accountability because you lack follow through. Whatever the case may be, engaging in thoughtful self-reflection—“holding up the mirror,” so to speak—allows you to hone in on strengths that you can leverage and become more aware of your personal opportunities for improvement!
Keep in mind though that self awareness, like any other tool, requires attention & practice. It’s not easy to reflect on yourself when you’ve got the TV blaring, you’re out to dinner with friends, or you’re glued to your phone.
Give yourself the space and time necessary to self-reflect, by avoiding distractions. Try spending time reading, writing, meditating, or practicing other solo activities to connect with yourself.
Try to give yourself 30 quiet, distraction-free minutes a day to BE MINDFUL.
Mindfulness forces you to focus on yourself on purpose, in the present moment. Next time you’re feeling frustrated, whether with macros or in life in general, use mindfulness to check-in with yourself: what thoughts are going through your mind? How are you feeling? Simply being present enough to acknowledge your thoughts, feelings, and emotions, will help you become more acquainted and better at recognizing them properly within yourself.
We all have areas we need work on and those in which we excel. Let’s make one of our greatest strengths accepting who we are and asking for help where needed to ensure we’re always on the track to success!
This week we want you to reflect on your self-awareness. Use the Self-Awareness Reflection below as a guide!