Life is like a snake for people who do not invest in self-improvement. If the snake (life ) realizes that you have no sting, it will eat you alive. This is what happens to people who are not self-aware. You need to invest in your sting so that when life comes at you, you are prepared to fight back, strongly.
The first step towards mastering your life and creating a life that you want is through investing in self-awareness. Where you focus your emotions, attention, behaviours, energy, and personality determines how self-aware you are. Having self-awareness means that you know where your emotions are taking you. It also means that you can clearly control your emotions.
Self-awareness means having a very clear understanding of your personality. People who are self-aware about their personality know their skills, strengths, thoughts, beliefs, motivations, and emotions. Having a strong self-awareness also means that you understand other people. It means that you know how they perceive your attitude towards them and how to respond to them. Being self-aware also means that you clearly understand how to handle and respond to people who have different personalities.
Self-awareness is also known as self-consciousness or self-orientation. It is also often referred to as self-knowingness. All the synonyms start with ‘self’ because it is all about being conscious of who you are and what makes you unique. When you are able to appreciate your uniqueness, then you are able to appreciate your environment and all the people in it.
Importance of self-awareness
Self-awareness helps you to experience yourself as a unique individual.
When you have a deep understanding of yourself, you are able to experience yourself as a unique and separate individual. Being strongly aware of yourself enables you to accept yourself just the way you are. You are a unique person. You have a unique name, origin, set of parents and unique talents. When you are self-aware, you are empowered to appreciate and love who you are. This level of self-awareness leads to a desire to want to improve yourself and live to your highest potential.
Self-awareness enables you to be conscious of what you are good at.
It is important for you to know what you are good at in terms of skills and talents as a starting point of self-improvement. The starting point of investing in self-improvement is being self-aware. When you are aware of what you are good at, you also become aware of what you are yet to learn and the gaps that exist in your skill-set. This makes it easy to admit to what you don’t know and to own your mistakes.
Self-awareness enables you to know your weaknesses.
We live in a highly competitive world and acknowledging our weaknesses may seem like a bad thing. Many people in the world operate on the belief that they must appear as if they know everything. This leads to people hiding their weaknesses and living a life of pretence. This is especially triggered by the feeling that people are judging you. You have to be honest with yourself. Whether you are aware of your weaknesses or not, people around you see them. Instead of working hard to hide them, work towards improving yourself.
Self-awareness enables you to avoid negative experiences and mistakes.
Whether you’re an introvert, ambivert or an extrovert, if you are self-aware, you are able to choose activities or experiences that suit your personality. Introverts, for example, will avoid going to events that are full of people as this leads to feeling overwhelmed. Self-awareness, therefore, enables you to lead a life that you can mostly identify with without feeling that you are fighting to fit in. Why fight to fit in when you can easily stand out anyway?
Self-awareness helps you to understand motivations and reactions.
When you are self-aware you are able to understand what motivates you to behave or act the way you do. You are also able to understand why other people behave the way they do. This, in turn, determines your reaction to various situations and people. You are able to understand that not all situations require a reaction. You don’t have to respond to everything that people say about you especially if it is negative. This, in turn, leads to less drama in your life. The lesser the drama, the happier you will be.
Self-awareness enables you to choose the right friends.
When you are self-aware, you know what makes you happy. What makes your eyes brighter. What makes you laugh. You are also aware of what angers you and what triggers negativity in you. When you are self-aware, you are able to choose friends that bring out the best in you. Having friends that understand you and want to see you at your best is a brilliant thing. It brings you a sense of security. Being self-aware therefore enables you to identify friends with whom you share the same values which lead to lasting relationships.
Self-awareness makes you a leader.
People who are self-aware have principles, purpose, confidence and the potential to be better. This, in turn, brings about authenticity. The biggest quality in a leader is authenticity. Authentic people do not pretend to be what they are not. Such people are admired by others which makes them leaders. Self-awareness also brings about effectiveness in leadership as the person clearly understands what they stand for. Self-aware leaders also inspire leadership in others as they lead from within. They understand who they are and their limits.
There are many known tests you can take especially online that will enable you to be conscious of who you are. Taking a self-awareness test is a good first step towards understanding yourself. Taking time to understand what the results of the test mean is a step towards having a deeper understanding of your strengths and weaknesses.
The Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) test is the only test that has been known to cut across all cultures of the world. It is unbiased and representative of people from all walks of life. Take the test here. Be honest and avoid neutral answers as much as possible. When you are done, take some time and read through the test results and the explanations.
Congratulations on taking the first step towards being self-aware!
In a nutshell;
Self-awareness has been linked to overthinking and over-analyzing situations which can bring about negative effects such as stress. Self-absorption and overthinking don’t get you anywhere, but being aware of your needs and acting on them can help you improve. Self-awareness, therefore, helps you align what you are doing with what you want or your goals. What steps have you taken to improve your level of self-awareness? Tell us in the comment section. As always, see you on the happy side of life!