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How To Become Ridiculously Self-Aware In 20 Minutes

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How To Become Ridiculously Self-Aware In 20 Minutes
Self-awareness is touted by self-help gurus like Gary Vaynerchuk as one of the MOST IMPORTANT traits to have for success. Why does journaling increase self-awareness? Like I said before - letting thoughts run through our mind is one thing, but recording them is like stepping in wet concrete.

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The most influential gift is a journal

The most influential gift is a journal
  • Journaling initially affords you to get rid of your anger/frustration (with pen and paper).
  • Journaling helps you to get your frustration out before you can direct it at anybody else.

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Living in the moment

Living in the moment

When we write we focus on the details. We write about the little details of an interaction with someone. And most times when journaling we write while the interaction is still fresh in our minds.

This strengthens our observation muscle. Then we start looking for little details in our next interaction.

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Journaling helps us reflect

Journaling helps us reflect

Journaling increases self-awareness. Recording your thoughts is like stepping in wet concrete. The outline of your foot is now there forever.

You can find out who you really are. You can find your weaknesses and new opportunities. You can challenge yourself with those realizations. You can make plans to better yourself.

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