Self awareness can be defined as having a clear understanding of your personality, including your beliefs, emotions, motivation, strengths and weaknesses.
A 2010 study by Green Peak Partners and Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations found that self awareness is a key and common characteristic of successful leaders.
And research by the Driehaus College of Business at De Paul University has also demonstrated that high self awareness leads to improved team performance.
Self Awareness Makes You Improve Much Faster Than the Others
“If I have lost confidence in myself, I have the universe against me.” – Ralicoph Waldo Emerson
Self awareness allows us to understand who we are, and how others see us. From this, we can determine how similar or different we are to other people.
Individuals with high self awareness tend to live happier and more fulfilling lives. That’s because being self aware brings several powerful benefits, including:
- Finding and expressing your authentic self.
- Being proactive, instead of reactive.
- Enjoying positive and harmonious interpersonal relationships.
- Having deeper thoughts.
- Revealing your true purpose.
One secret behind the magic of self awareness, is the fact that being self aware allows you to see your weaknesses. Once you know what they are, you can then act accordingly to fix them (where possible).
As an example, think back to a time when you achieved a major success in your life. Your confidence jumped off the scale, and suddenly, everything in your life began to look rosy. However, success was fleeting, and before long you were not only back where you started – but had lost your initial faith and confidence too.
Instead of seeing this as bad luck or personal failure, the better response would be to analyze exactly what happened.
What caused your success? What caused your failure? And what could you have done differently?
By answering these questions, you’ll gain insight into your decision making and personality traits. Most importantly, you’ll be able to discover where you went wrong, and how you could avoid this next time around. This is how self awareness becomes a crucial partner in reaching your dreams and goals.
How to Increase Your Self Awareness
“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom.” – Lao-Tze
Okay, you’ve now seen some of the ways that self awareness can boost your success in life. (And we’ve only scratched the surface of potential benefits.)
It’s now time to reveal several tips and techniques that will increase your self awareness.
Take a psychometric test: You’ll understand more about yourself
Psychometric tests are ideal for raising your self awareness. The tests force you to think deeply about yourself, and how your react to different situations. Self reflection = Self awareness. Try this free, 100-question psychometric test offered by the University of Cambridge.
Keep a personal journal: It can reduce anxiety and depression at the same time
Writing a daily journal can be a great tool for increasing your self awareness. If your writing is honest and open, you’ll quickly discover things about yourself that you’d never previously realised. You’ll also begin to see how habits create your conditions. For self awareness purposes, your daily journal should (at the very least) list your biggest failures and greatest successes of the day. Science supports the effectiveness of journalism, with a recent Psychotherapy Research study showing that writing a daily journal reduced anxiety and depression.
Learn to meditate: To clear your thoughts
If you’ve never tried meditating before, then you should definitely consider trying it, if you want to boost your self awareness. Meditation can help you to delve below the incessant chatter of your conscious mind, and instead, let you tap into the depths of your subconscious mind. As well as boosting your well-being and health, meditation can clear your thoughts, and help you to become more creative.
How to get started? There are plenty of books and videos that can teach you the basics of meditation. Alternatively, you’ll be sure to find mediation classes in your local area.
Ask for feedback: You’ll be amazed
Choose a close family member or friend who knows you well. Ask then to give you an honest appraisal of your actions, beliefs and motivations. You’ll be amazed (and possibly shocked!) at what you hear. In fact, it’s likely that you’ll gain a completely new perspective on yourself. Use this new knowledge to make positive changes that could increase your effectiveness and success in life.
Through boosting your self awareness, you’ll begin to see new, exciting opportunities for growth and success. You’ll also learn how others see you. This will help your interpersonal relationships – as well as your ability to read others.
Self awareness can help you predict the success of others. It can also help you predict your own success.
So, choose to follow in the footsteps of the highly-successful, and start developing your self awareness today.