Being self-aware is the ability to identify and understand what you are thinking and feeling in every situation and interaction. It is the ability to become introspective and to become the observer of your thoughts and emotions. Becoming self-aware is an ongoing process. It is your personal journey which consists of consistent daily practice and that will guide you in becoming the person you are willing to become and live that life you dream of.
You need to know yourself first!
The concept is clear; the more aware you are, the more you know. And, the more you know, the more likely you are to change and modify anything you don’t like about yourself and your current lifestyle. How else will you change, if you don’t know WHAT to change?
In this blog post, I want to give you the first few steps to becoming self-aware. The main objective is to start seeing yourself objectively. In order to become aware, you must identify who you are, what your strengths and weaknesses are, what your beliefs are, and what your purpose in life is. It is also important to notice how you are thinking, feeling, and behaving in any given situation and around whom.
I want to introduce you to a concept that I’d like you to keep in mind from now on; the three perceptual positions.
Whenever you are living experiences such as a discussion, a conversation with friends, a critical situation, facing an unknown circumstance, etc you first position yourself in the first perceptual position. Identify and understand how you are thinking and feeling about the situation. Then, jump into the second perceptual position and try to see things from other’s point of view. Understand how the person beside you thinks and feels about the same situation and realize that everyone has their own version of reality. Lastly, jump into the third perceptual position and have a look from the outside, as if it were a movie. The ability to jump from these perceptual positions will allow you to reflect and have a greater picture of everything.
If you are willing to become your best version and improve the quality of your lifestyle, you can develop and increase self-awareness by practicing the following exercises;
The more you practice and learn to become a neutral observer of yourself, you will be able to simply observe without acting impulsively or in ways that don’t contribute to your personal and professional growth. In addition, by becoming self-aware you are also becoming more emotionally intelligent. This is highly valuable to adopt as it can bring countless benefits to your life. From creating stronger relationships to a successful business to becoming a strong leader to learning how to communicate with others, improve your social skills, understanding not only your emotions but other’s too, etc.
Hope you will start playing ‘being the observer’ and discover the real you!