HOW SELF-AWARE ARE YOU?
Updated: Dec 28, 2022
Do you often find yourself feeling anxious, overwhelmed, or stressed without really understanding the reason? Do you struggle with making decisions? Do you feel there is a break between how you perceive yourself versus how you are perceived by those around you? If so, you may benefit from becoming more self-aware.
Self-awareness is defined as the “conscious knowledge of one's own character, feelings, motives, and desires.” Being self-aware means having a good grasp on who you are, your morals, values, goals, strengths, weaknesses, and what drives you. Gaining self-awareness allows you the ability to move through life with more confidence. Being well aware of yourself will help you become more assertive and make decisions more confidently.
Building more self-awareness requires both introspection and extrospection – looking inside yourself and outside of yourself. To begin assessing how self-aware you are, or if you want to work on becoming more self-aware, here are some good introspective questions to ask yourself:
What are you passionate about?
What are your most important goals and dreams?
What motivates you?
Who are the people that fuel you?
What are your triggers (stress, trauma, etc.)?
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Before you can expect others to see you for who you are, you must have a good grasp on it yourself. This requires taking the time to check in with yourself often and evaluate how you’re feeling – what is triggering those emotions/feelings? Keep a journal – doesn’t have to be super detailed and time consuming, just jot down how you’re feeling and what you think is contributing to that. Whether it’s happiness, stress, anxiety, anger, confidence, fear, etc. Also, write down your priorities and goals regularly.
You’ll also want to practice looking outside of yourself, so that you don’t end up stuck in the echo chamber of your own mind. You’ll likely find that the person or people closest to you have insight about who you are that will bring a whole new level of self-awareness. Here are some good extrospective questions to ask yourself:
Do you feel that you are perceived by others the way you want to be perceived the same way you perceive yourself? Or, is there a gap there --i.e. body dysmorphia, paranoia that people around you don’t actually like you or have negative thoughts about you?
If there is a gap, what do you feel is the cause?
How can you better communicate to others who you are, really?
Talk to the people closest to you—ideally people that you trust—about how they perceive you. Listen closely and work on grasping their perspective and how it might be different from your own. Be open to the things they have to say and seeing yourself from an outside view. This will help you clarify things and behaviors you might wish to change or adjust.
Working on better self-awareness has been my secret weapon in finding more success in my businesses, relationships, confidence, and overall happiness. I have had breakthrough after breakthrough lately as I gain clarity on what motivates me, fulfills me, and how I want to be seen by the world. This discovery has lit a fire in me to share help others find the same self-awareness, confidence and success!
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Lucie Mitchell, CTNC & CTLC
Fierce and Beautiful Wellness, LLC
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This blog post is provided for educational and informational purposes only and is not medical, mental health or healthcare advice. The information presented here is not intended to diagnose, treat, heal, cure or prevent any illness, medical condition or mental or emotional condition.