The Importance of Self-Awareness

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Self awareness is about understanding your own desires, habits, needs and flaws. By understanding these, you will be better suited to adapting to changes and making decisions in life that will suit your needs.

There are many tasks you can perform to get a better idea of who you are, and what makes you tick.

Write Down your Priorities

One of the best ways to increase your self awareness is to write down what you want to do, and then track your progress. Many people find that they are battling against a never ending list of things to do. By prioritizing tasks, you gain perspective and have a better idea of what has to be done to achieve your goals.

Meditate

Meditating is the practice of improving your moment by moment awareness. It usually starts with breathing exercises with an aim to focus the mind to improve mental wellbeing. With practice, meditating allows people to focus on once thing at a time, to gain clarity, relax and to reduce stress.

Take Psychometric tests

Taking psychometric tests help you get a better understanding of your personality. These tests get used widely in recruitment, and experts are divided on how effective these tests are for assessing job aptitude. However, doing the tests can encourage you to ask questions of yourself that you may not normally ask and will provide insight into how you react in certain situations.

Ask Friends and Family

Write down a list of positive attributes about your character, health, and life. Think about how you can implement those positive attributes to help those around you become better individuals. Then, honestly write down a list of negative attributes about your character, health, and life, based on objective feedback from those you trust  such as boss, family, friends or coworkers. Do not just rely on your own perspective, because we are all favorably biased about ourselves. Be willing to solicit feedback from those who disagree with you, because they will be more likely to point out the key deficits in your character and lifestyle.

Overcome Negatives

Identify ways that you can began to improve your negative attributes. As an example, if a family member complains that you are a controlling person, rather than reacting defensively, accept it and think of ways to become more peaceful, such as taking a walk with your spouse. If your boss reminds you of how you have consistently been late on the project deadline, solicit suggestions for improvement, like a training calendar.

Humility and openness to criticism are necessary in becoming a self aware. Once you have a clearer picture of who you really are, you will be able to make decisions and changes that will make you happier.

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