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The Importance of Self-Awareness and How to Become More Self Aware

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The Importance of Self-Awareness and How to Become More Self Aware
They say the first step is admitting you have a problem, and that's true in every aspect of life. Self-awareness and introspection have the ring of of a self-help guru's empty promises, but they are the starting point that leads to every improvement.

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Self-awareness is not just a buzzword

Self-awareness is not just a buzzword

Self-awareness and introspection have the ring of a self-help guru's empty promises, but they are the starting point that leads to every improvement. They are not the solution to everything, but they are the first step to that.

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Self-awareness = self-understanding

Self-awareness = self-understanding

Understanding your own desires, emotions, failings, habits, and everything else that makes you tick. The more you know about yourself, the better you are at adapting life changes that suit your needs.

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Self-improvement is impossible without Self-Awareness

Self-improvement is impossible without Self-Awareness

You can read every productivity tip out there and you can adapt the routines of geniuses, but it's completely pointless if you don't know yourself well enough to put the correct advice into practice.

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What Self-Awareness Is

It means paying attention to yourself, knowing what’s going on in your life. 

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The Benefits of Self Awareness

It involves three elements to get you where you want to go:

  • Introspection: the process of attempting to directly access one’s own internal psychological processes, judgments, perceptions.
  • Self-reflection: the examination, contemplation, and analysis of one’s thoughts, feelings, and actions.
  • Insight: the clear discernment of a solution to a problem. It’s the result of self-reflection and introspection.

Don’ts Of Introspection

  • Don’t obsess: More thinking about yourself won't automatically lead to deeper knowledge.
  • Don't ask the wrong questions: When we ask why questions, our brain points toward the most obvious answer. We usually land on the one that confirms our pre-existing beliefs.

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The most influential gift is a journal
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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.

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.