Without self-awareness, it is impossible to invoke real, sustaining positive habit change in one’s life. Self-awareness can be described as identifying shortcomings and observing them candidly, or in a positive light. Many of our mistakes and bad habits can be attributed to unconscious beliefs or patterns. However, with self-awareness, we are able to recognize that self-criticism is not productive and accept that mistakes are inevitable. We cannot pass judgement on our actions, but rather we must identify what we seek to change and commit to freeing ourselves of judgement.
Research has shown that people with self-awareness are more successful leaders, especially in business, simply because self-aware people act with a conscious and are far more compassionate with others rather than reacting passively. A key trait in the workplace now is emotional intelligence, or the idea that self-awareness allows us to be more informed in making decisions revolving ourselves and others.
Cultivating and practicing self-awareness is not easy; otherwise, everyone would be self-aware. Here are some key tips to cultivate self-awareness in your life to lead to sustainable, positive change:
- Don’t forget about yourself. Allow some time in the morning and evening to connect with your inner self, either by reading, writing or meditating.
- Practice mindfulness. Mindfulness can be utilized at any time of the day through listening, interacting with others, or even doing everyday tasks. Mindfulness is a way of constantly utilizing self-awareness to observe what is going on inside you and around you.
- Ask for feedback. Gain other perspectives by asking questions. Sometimes the feedback is not what you want to hear; it can be dishonest or bias at times, too. However, leaders with stronger self-awareness are also aware of how people think and feel around you- the only way to learn to gauge that is through asking questions.
- Be determined. Without the drive to develop your self-awareness, you will never truly be able to understand yourself and others. Persistence is the key to recognizing, invoking and continuing self-awareness.
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