Through self awareness it is possible to grow and develop,
to become a different and better person
leading a smoother, more fun, less stressful life.
How well do you know yourself, and does it matter?
Self awareness does matter. The actions we take, the daily decisions we make are substantially influenced by our position on the spectrum between totally self-delusion and totally self-awareness.
Total self awareness means there is congruency between how we see ourselves and who we really are. And that means we will probably be more successful in our day-to-day living, loving, work and play.
Self awareness creates integrity
And because it means we know about ourselves we can play to our values, our strengths and our weaknesses. In turn, this means we are more likely to live lives of integrity, to maximise our potential, to do no harm and actually be a force for good in the world. It means we know when to say ’No’ because its beyond our capabilities. We know when to say ‘Yes’ and make a positive difference in the world. And we know when we need to seek advice or participate in further personal development to achieve a goal we consider ourselves unable to reach.
That’s quite a tough call if you think about it. The self-examination (or self-reflection) needed to gain insights about ourselves can be pretty tough, especially if we are in a state of shame about something.
Self-awareness as personal development
Fortunately importance of self awareness is rising up the personal development agenda, and researchers and commentators such as Dan Gallagher, Tasha Eurich and Brené Brown have much to teach us on the subject.
Its worth looking at what they have to say because through self awareness it is possible to grow and develop, to become a different and better person than we were. Life is smoother, more fun, less stressful than it was because self-awareness has been the catalyst for the change that was necessary.
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