Carl G. Jung says, “Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”In today’s understanding, self-awareness is a term that ties in with self-confidence, self-acceptance and social awareness. Namely, it signifies the knowledge you possess about yourself, your place in the world and your relationships with the people around you. The knowledge about what motivates you, what your likes and dislikes are, what you feel, why you feel it, how you influence and are influenced, what makes you tick.
I invite you this week to become aware of your feelings and your physical state in different situations, then take a moment to think about what happened and why.
- Do you always react the same way?
- Why do you think that is?
- What goes through your mind when you’re upset?
- Is there anything else you could think that would be more productive?
There are no wrong answers if you are open, honest and without judgement. Remember: you are the only person you will have to live with for the rest of your life, so you may as well know who you’re dealing with.
Self-awareness is the first step for taking responsibility for your life. You can’t know where you want to go if you don’t know where you’ve been, where you are now and how you got there. Your experiences made you who you are, take the time in finding out exactly who that is and the benefits are guaranteed!
The more you know and accept who and what you are by your very own definition, the less other people’s comments will faze, influence or break you. Once you are self-aware, you will be able to listen to other people’s comments without feeling obliged to believe or be defined by them. You will learn to try feedback on for size with the power to reject it with no hard feelings, or accept it without judgement. You will recognise it if there is something you want to change and be able to take the necessary steps to get to where you want to be.