7 Steps to Increase Self-Awareness ~
At some point in your life, you’ve probably attempted to find yourself, to connect with your inner and authentic self, and venture into a journey to discover who you really are, what you really want, and who you want to be. We all have dreams and aspirations, and we always think about what lies ahead in everything we do. As you picture yourself in the future, it is very important that you take the present into consideration. As early as now, it would be beneficial to learn how to recognize our own character or personality, our strengths and weaknesses, our emotions, our goals, ideas, hopes, and aspirations. Self-awareness is not just good for your emotional well-being, but it can also affect the physical and mental aspects of your life. This may not be mastered overnight. With the help of our 7 steps to increase self-awareness, you’ll find the ways and methods that we could try to help ourselves become more aware and conscious of our own selves. Today, let’s discuss the most common and the easiest practices to assist us in increasing self-awareness.
- Make time for yourself
No matter how busy life might get, always, always find time for yourself. When you give yourself some alone time – even if it’s just for a few minutes – it is when you allow yourself to breathe and become truly aware of what you feel, want and need. Making yourself a priority once in a while can help you be alone with your thoughts, trying not to worry about work and other responsibilities. Whether you take on an epic adventure or just wallow in the sound of silence, making time for yourself can help you discover your passions, things you might want to change or improve, and ventures you want to pursue.
- Practice mindfulness
When you learn to be in the here and now, you become more mindful of your thoughts and sensations without judging them. By practicing mindfulness, you enable yourself to focus on your own breathing, movements, feelings, and emotions, without thinking about regrets in the past and concerns about the future. And with this, you will feel more relaxed and calm, allowing you to think clearly and manage your emotions even in the most challenging situations.
- Reflect on your goals, dreams, and aspirations
When we were kids, we have always dreamt to become ‘someone’ in the future. As we grow older, these dreams change course because of many possible reasons. And because we get caught up in all the work and responsibilities, we forget to pursue what we really want to do. Starting tonight, before you go to sleep, try reflecting on your passions, your current goals, as well as your lifelong dreams. Try to visualize what makes you feel happy, satisfied, inspired, and empowered… this will give you the opportunity to know yourself better and give yourself the happiness you deserve.
- Understand your strengths and your weaknesses
It is very important that you learn to determine and understand both your strengths and weakness in order to maximize them. It’s also important that you try to use these strengths to your advantage to be able to conquer your fears.
On your free time, make a list of your skills, proficiencies, talents, traits, and attributes that you may find helpful in your pursuit of a venture. In addition, citing the areas that you think you need improvement on. Match each ‘strength’ to each ‘weakness’, and try to come up with a strategy to turn your weaknesses into strengths, and gradually capitalize on these abilities to create your own opportunities. When you’re no longer a stranger to your own strengths and weaknesses, that’s when you become aware of your true potential.
- Train yourself to listen to feedback and criticisms
Aside from discovering and assessing your own strengths and weaknesses, hearing them from others may also help you know yourself better. What you think about yourself may be different from others’ perception of you. Sometimes, self-assessment has the tendency to be subjective, and being incognizant of your ‘blind spots’ may impede your chance to change, learn, improve, and grow. Listening to feedback and criticisms may be difficult at the beginning (who wants to be told that they’re wrong?), but understand that evaluation from another’s point overview is crucial in developing and increasing your self-awareness. Constructive criticisms can also give you the advantage to come up with improving ideas and better solutions.
- Practice positive affirmations
When you learn how to inspire and motivate yourself, you also establish ways to manage your feelings and emotions. You also become more aware of what empowers you, which can help you turn a bad day into a favorable one. Tomorrow, as soon as you wake up, be more mindful of what your body needs and what your soul yearns for… And tell yourself every day that no matter how busy life might get, you’ll do your best to make time for things that matter and bring you joy.
- Speak up and express your ideas
Every so often, we worry about expressing our own ideas and opinions, forcing us to agree and be influenced by someone else’s beliefs and judgments. Slowly, teach yourself to speak up and value your own voice. By expressing yourself, you become more aware of your own ideals and principles, which will guide and define you. When you learn to speak your own mind, you allow yourself to connect more deeply with your thoughts, your mind, and your purpose.