Self awareness is the key to preventing the emotional drama that guides your reactions to situations and other people. Knowing your strengths, weaknesses, vulnerabilities, thoughts and feelings is a big step towards knowing who you really are.
Without such knowledge, we end up vulnerable, frustrated, inauthentic, unmotivated and often unsuccessful in achieving our dreams.
Here are some quick self awareness tips to motivate and inspire you:
Have you ever noticed how fast you breathe when you are rushed or in a hurry to get somewhere? Most of us rarely engage in mindful breathing and consequently we are in a state of anxiety most days. Learn to notice your breathing by setting aside a few minutes each day to breathe purposely and deeply. Sit quietly and inhale and exhale for five minutes each day. I’m sure you will be less stressed, more relaxed, focused and energetic.
Let go of negative thoughts
From time to time, we all have thoughts that try to limit what we can achieve or become. I’ve given these thoughts a name, “Negative Nelly” and a whiny voice. We all know how annoying “whiny” can be. So, when Negative Nelly perches on my shoulder invading my thoughts trying to prevent me from reaching a goal or exploring something new, I imagine her sitting on my shoulder, whispering in that whiny voice. I refuse to listen for a second and brush her off my shoulder like the pest she is. Whether you’ve given your inner critic a name and voice or not, she’s there. Don’t listen to her. Instead replace your “Negative Nelly” with a “Positive Pamela” whispering your virtues and strengths in your ear.
Create a vision for the life you want
It’s second nature for a lot of people to spend time thinking about what’s not working for them and what stops them from achieving what they want in life. Spend time creating either a visual (vision board) or mental image of the things you want to attract in your life (a new career, a mate, more time, financial security, travel, etc.). Whatever desires you have, a vision is essential. An architect first has a vision in her mind of the structure she wants to create. She then sets about to put into place the blueprint to support her vision. The vision for your life is similar. First, you must take the time to allow your vision to evolve. Any thought, idea, concept or object that comes to your mind would not exist if you didn’t already have the ability, desire and talent to bring it to fruition.
To learn more about self awareness, I invite you to get my book, Master the Genie Within: Uncover, Embrace and Celebrate the Real You.