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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 has 2 components

  • Internal self-awareness: the ability to introspect and recognize your authentic self;
  • External self-awareness: the ability to recognize how you fit in with the rest of the world. ...

The “bias blind spot"

It relates to our tendency to recognize cognitive biases in others, without noticing them in ourselves. In other words, our brain isn’t built to easily spot our own lack of self-awareness.  

Self-awareness and leadership

After examined the traits that contribute to the effectiveness of successful leaders, researchers concluded that a high level of self-awareness was the strongest predictor of success: when leaders are self-aware, they know how to hire subordinates who are strong in the areas where they themselves are weak.

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What Self-Awareness Is

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

Self-awareness means understanding your personality. You also understand your values, your relationsh...

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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Learning from mistakes

You can only learn from a mistake after you admit you've made it.

Don't start blaming other people (or the universe) for the things that go wrong, because you distance yourself from an...

How we perceive failure

We see mistakes and failure as shameful things. And we usually identify with them:

If I fail a test, then I am a failure. If I make a mistake then I am a mistake.

Learning from mistakes

It requires three things:

  • Putting yourself in situations where you can make interesting mistakes.
  • Having the self-confidence to admit to them.
  • Being courageous about making changes.

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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 els...

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.

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 clarit...

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. 

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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Beginner's Luck

Beginner's luck does not actually exist. Most of the time the beginner has a similar skill that aids them. Or the novice could be new to the task, but have tried it before and failed repeatedly.

Anything Is Possible

To the beginner, anything Is possible. They are not encumbered by experience and are willing to try out many possibilities and solve problems creatively.

The expert has narrowed down the possibilities and can become too comfortable with their own perspectives.

Experts Choke Under Pressure

When you are good at something, you're under pressure to perform at your level. This can put you under pressure.

A novice doesn't care particularly how they perform and don't feel any pressure to perform.

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Reflection and introspection

  • Introspection is simply looking in. Stopping there not only limits your perspective, but it can also diffuse it. It can lead some to pessimism, or even depression. 

Authenticity

Authenticity is about getting closer to our true identity.

The more authentic we become, the more we are authoring our lives, and not simply living someone else’s script. And the more authentic you become, the greater is your sense of well-being.

Warren Bennis

Warren Bennis

“To be authentic is literally to be your own author, to discover your own native energies and desires, and then to find your own way of acting on them.”

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Overthinking

It  means overanalyzing something that happened, regretting an action, or worrying about the future of something. 

It's when you can't think about anything else, and it'...

Overthinking and action

If you're overthinking an idea you can actually do something about, the best thing you can do is take action now.

This doesn't mean you have to suddenly run off to make something, it just means you start taking a step forward. We tend to overthink because we fear failure, but if we just start working, that dissipates quickly

Break the circle of overthinking:

  • Relabel the ideas you're overthinking ("self-doubt," "anxiety," etc)
  • Reframe your experience and identify your thinking errors
  • Refocus your attention on the part that matters
  • Revalue your brain's messages with the new information

Protein rich meals

The brain is a decision making muscle and needs to be sufficiently fed to provide the necessary willpower.

Eat meals at regular intervals. The meals should contain healthy proteins, ve...

Slow and steady

Willpower can be increased, but it is a slow and gradual process (just like increasing muscle mass).

Real change requires one small start at a time.

Dark chocolate

Sometimes we are in a position where we need to make a quick decision, and it feels tough. 

Take a bite of dark chocolate to help boost your willpower.

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Mental shortcuts

We’re not nearly as rational as we like to believe. When we face an uncertain situation, we fail to evaluate the information or to look up relevant statistics carefully.
Instead, we depen...

Smart people and biases

We often assume that intelligence guards against bias. Its why those with higher S.A.T. scores think they are less likely to make universal thinking mistakes.

However, smarter people are more vulnerable to these thinking errors.

Biases and human intelligence

  • People who are aware of their own biases are not better able to overcome them. Our intuitive thinking is just as prone to overconfidence, extreme predictions, and the planning fallacy.
  • According to scientists, intelligent people have a larger bias blind spot. They can spot systematic flaws in others, but not in themselves. They will excuse their own minds but harshly judge the minds of other people. 

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