Know Yourself – The first Step to being Authentic

It’s impossible to live an authentic life without first discovering who you are. Self-awareness is important and is the first step to being authentic.

What is self-awareness? The dictionary defines self-awareness as “knowledge and awareness of your own personality or character.” When you’re self-aware, you have an accurate and clear understanding of your personality, strengths, weaknesses, and beliefs. You know what makes you tick. Self-awareness also includes an understanding of how others perceive you. Not having self-awareness can lead to a very confusing and frustrating life!

Your level of self-awareness can influence your relationships, career, and happiness. The following things are key to self awareness. 

  1. Becoming self aware is necessary for taking control of your life.

    The direction of your life is determined by your thoughts, beliefs, emotions, and reactions. The main way of understanding and influencing these things is through becoming aware of ourselves. Self-awareness highlights faulty beliefs and emotional reactions that stand in your way but it also gives you the power to make adjustments. This is the first step in becoming authentic.

  2. Self awareness illuminates the real reasons for past failures and challenges.

    We often dismiss our failures as bad luck or a lack of proper timing. It also possible that we failed to perceive the situation, others, or ourselves accurately. It’s much easier to see the reason behind relationship, work, and other struggles when we can look at ourselves clearly.

    • Do you consistently struggle at work or in your relationships? What can you do better?
    • Those who lack self-awareness are puzzled by their negative outcomes or blame others exclusively.
  3. Self-awareness is a critical quality for leaders.

    One study concluded that a high degree of self-awareness was the best predictor of success for leaders.

    • Leaders that have an understanding of their weaknesses are able to build a team composed of members that fill those weaknesses.
    • A lack of self-awareness puts a limit on your leadership abilities but being aware can skyrocket your success.
  4. The foundation for personal progress.

    • Self-awareness is the cornerstone of success and self-improvement. Without self-awareness, what you know can’t be shared effectively. It’s important to understand your beliefs, habits, strengths, and weaknesses to make a personal change. Avoid assuming that you’re self-aware.

Here’s what you need to do today:

Make a list of your daily habits and mark each habit as positive or negative. Select one to work on. It can be a positive habit to develop or something you want to improve upon. Make a plan for changing your chosen habit while ensuring you are being authentic to who you are.  Check out this article on habit change.

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