7 common sense things about self awareness that you probably know, but don’t realize
Why work on self-awareness? Well, there are more than seven reasons why, but here are the highlights that I think are the most life-changing. Watching clients blossom and grow with real self-awareness as part of their process has been a true honor. I wish everyone reading this the same journey to the life you want to live.
- You’ll be healthier – We so often are running between task, responsibilities, and obligations that we don’t slow down enough to know what is happening in our bodies! A master at self-awareness will see the early signs of something out of balance and make the changes before things go haywire. Self-awareness can be that slight edge you need to get ahead of illness, diet changes, and other things that knock you off your game.
- You’ll get results faster – What would happen if google maps never spoke up and told you it was recalculating your route when you made a wrong turn, but instead just corrected but it added miles and time each time? It would take you longer to get to your destination, you would probably miss appointments, and your frustration would grow without understanding why you weren’t getting there! Self-awareness works this way too. You might still be heading in the right direction, but you may not know you took a wrong turn.
- You’ll be happier! – When you have a high level of self-awareness, you notice what things are not adding to your life, but instead, draining you of energy. A great example of this is self-talk. I have said it a million times because it is that important: What you say to and about yourself has immense power! Self-awareness of these thoughts will help you replace self-destruction with self-love. Don’t we all deserve that? Ahem… Yes, we all do.
- Others will notice a difference – The effects of self-awareness aren’t just within. You will notice results at work when you adjust before your peers or supervisors ask you to adjust. You will understand when you are reacting in an undesired way with your family and Overall, people will notice that there is just something higher-level with you.
- You’ll find growth becomes easier – Growth is a positive form of change, and it is never simple. Change is something that usually comes along with being uncomfortable, feeling strange, or out of control even if it is positive. By being in control of it – by being self-aware – you are aware of these uncomfortable things and have a better understanding of what they are, what they mean, and how they can help you!
- You’ll get control of the crazy– Knowing yourself is a new freedom and clarity that is one of the best feelings in the world! You know those moments when you feel outside of your body, and you say to yourself “why the fuuuuuu…dge are you saying that/acting like that/responding that way?!?!”? But, horribly, you keep doing it. It’s like watching a train wreck. You can’t stop yourself?! Self-awareness helps with this and can help you better manage those moments (or days).
- You’ll be better for others – When you are aware of your own needs, and capabilities you can engage with others more fully because you aren’t afraid of the edge. In my former life, I often said to my teams “I need you to understand exactly how far you can go because I want you to work to your maximum capacity.
Stick with me here… Ever watch someone parallel park like a boss? You (Read: I ) sit there in awe of their ability to know exactly how far to pull up to the car ahead, turn at juuust the right angle, and they seem to divinely understand the perfect distance they need to back up to the car behind them before straightening into the spot. That is a great example of car-awareness. With self-awareness, you know all your edges, capabilities, and needs, you can perform exactly how you need to get the results you are looking for.