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Here Are The 4 Simple Introspection Steps That Will Boost Self Awareness

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Here Are The 4 Simple Introspection Steps That Will Boost Self Awareness
When faced with a challenge, where do you find the insight to move your life forward? Last year, over fifteen million books were sold in the self-help genre.1 That doesn't account for the videos, courses, and workshops that fuel this multibillion-dollar industry. Include business and diet books, and that number balloons to over $1.7 billion spent on advice-seeking...

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Importance of Self-Awareness

Research reveals that knowing yourself better results in stronger relationships, a sense of purpose, greater well-being, self-acceptance, and happiness.

Knowing yourself will make you a better manager, colleague, parent, spouse, and friend.

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Self-Awareness

It means paying attention to yourself and knowing whether you're happy with what's happening in your world.

It means understanding your personality, your values, your relationships, and your beliefs.

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Elements of Self-Awareness

  • Introspection is the process of trying to access your internal psychological processes, judgments, perceptions, or states.
  • Self-reflection increases your ability to exercise control over your emotions. It involves the examination, contemplation, and analysis of your thoughts, feelings, and actions.
  • Insight is the awareness of a solution to a problem and the result of self-reflection and introspection.

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Introspection: What not to do

  • Don't think about yourself all the time.
  • Don't ask why. "Why do I feel this way?" Our brains will point to the most obvious answer that confirms our pre-existing beliefs.
  • Avoid asking yourself a question that is centered around the problem. "What difficulty am I facing right now?" 

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The Right Questions

Ask solution-focused questions. It will help you to find potential answers to the problem and increase your confidence in your ability to solve future problems.

  • Ask "What am I feeling right now?" to help you name your emotions.
  • Ask "What is a possible solution to this problem?" and then "What is one way to move toward creating this solution?"

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Cultivate Self Awareness

Instead of jumping to quick solutions, schedule at least 15 minutes daily to sit down and think without interruptions.

  • Make reflection the first activity of your day.
  • Write down on paper what you are feeling.
  • Don't allow negativity or blame.

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The Error in Isolating Events

The Error in Isolating Events
  • Many studies have been conducted regarding the psychological impact of a one particular event, like the trauma associated with the ongoing health crisis, or sudden job loss....

Good News, Bad News

A comprehensive study on Australian households, measuring the quality of wellbeing over 16 years found the following results:

  1. The biggest emotional scars come from deaths, divorce, and heavy financial losses.
  2. Negative events linger in the mind for much longer than the positive ones.
  3. The emotional costs involved with separation (like from a spouse) can be significant, and should be avoided unless completely necessary.
  4. Problems rarely come all at once, and most people recover, showing resilience and adaptability.

You Remain What You Are

Our level of wellbeing does not change much, with each event, even a catastrophic one, impacting us for a length of time, say a year or two, and then becoming normal to our minds, returning us to our previous levels of wellbeing.

This applies to boosts as well as the plunges.

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