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The three why’s

Before acting on a decision, ask yourself “Why?” Follow up your response with another “Why?” And then a third.

If you can find three good reasons to pursue something, you’ll have clarity and be more confident in your actions.

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Expand your emotional vocabulary

Putting your feelings into words has a therapeutic effect on your brain; if you’re unable to articulate how you feel, that can create stress.

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Practice saying 'no' to yourself

The ability to say “no” to yourself to put off short-term gratification ( from daily temptations like social media or junk food) for the long-term gain is an important life-skill.

Like a muscle, it is strengthened with exercise

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Break visceral reactions

Take a deep breath before you act, especially when a situation triggers anger or frustration.

Self-awareness allows you to assess situations objectively and rationally, without acting on biases and stereotypes.

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Be aware of your flaws

We’re often critical of others, while ignorant of our own flaws. Self-awareness helps turn the mirror on ourselves and prevents hypocritical behavior.

Create a habit of acknowledging your mistakes, rather than making excuses.

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Monitor your self-talk

Pay attention to the way you respond to your successes and failures.

Being tough on yourself needs to be balanced with self-compassion. Celebrate your wins, forgive your losses.

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Body language awareness

Record a speech or presentation and evaluate your posture and hand gestures.

  • Slouching increases cortisol and feeds low self-esteem while standing tall stimulates testosterone and improves your performance.
  • Using hand gestures helps with articulating your thoughts and affects how people respond to you.

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Take an opposing view

It will force you to question your assumptions.

Your "default" beliefs and worldview are not always reasonable; it’s healthy to “argue against yourself” and see how your views hold up.

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Know your personality type

It will allow you to maximize your strengths and manage your weaknesses.

Start with understanding where you fall on the introvert/extrovert spectrum; know your Myers-Briggs type; and then conduct a personal SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats).

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Practice self-evaluation

Set regular goals, break big goals down into smaller milestones.

Ask yourself at the end of each day, “What did I do well today?” and, “How can I improve on this tomorrow?”

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Ask for constructive feedback

It helps you cut through self-deceit and one-dimensional views you might hold.

But only ask people who understand you, whom you respect and will tell you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear.

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Meditation

It is a foundational practice for improving self-awareness. To focus solely on your breathing is to focus on a key internal process.

You’ll become aware of how your mind wanders, and get better at snapping out of distractions.

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