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The definition of self-awareness

The definition of self-awareness

Self-awareness is the ability to focus on yourself and how your actions, thoughts, or emotions do or don't align with your internal standards.

  • If your're highly self-aware, you can objectively evaluate yourself, manage your emotions, align your behavior with your values, and understand correctly how other perceive you.


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Internal self-awareness

Internal self-awareness

Internal self-awareness is how clearly you see your values, passions, and aspirations, and how well those standards fit with your environment and your reactions (which include thoughts, feelings, behaviors, strengths, and weaknesses).

  • Essentially, internal self-awareness is recognizing your current job doesn’t match your true passion for marketing, or feeling dissatisfied with a heated conversation you had with your colleague, which conflicts with your belief that kindness is important.


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External self-awareness

External self-awareness

is the ability to clearly see how people view you.

  • People who know how others see them are typically more empathic.
  • Leaders who can see how their employees view them are usually more effective, and have stronger relationships with their employees

External self-awareness is recognizing your employee took your feedback personally because of your tone, or realizing your employees are disheartened by the data provided in your last email.


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Benefits of self-awareness

Benefits of self-awareness

If you’re still unconvinced that self-awareness is a valuable trait to cultivate, here’s a list of general benefits of being self-aware.

  1. Improve skills by recognizing what you do well and what you need to improve
  2. Raise happiness levels by aligning your ideals with your actions
  3. Become a better leader by understanding how employees perceive your behavior
  4. Strengthen work and personal relationships by managing emotions
  5. Increase work motivation by seeking out your true passions
  6. Decrease stress by identifying emotions and lessening tasks you don’t enjoy


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How to become more self-aware

How to become more self-aware

Ask "what?" instead of "why?"

  • Why questions can leave you more sad or depressed. What questions are more productivend focuses on objectives and future goals, rather than past mistakes.

Spend time with yourself

  • Give yourself the space and time necessary to self-reflect, by avoiding distractions.

Practice mindfulness

  • Mindfulness allows you to be present with yourself and observe your thoughts in a non-judgmental way.

Become a better listener, ask for feedback

  • When you learn how to listen to your friends ect, without evaluating or judging them, you’ll become more empathetic and understand people better.


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