Self-awareness is a journey you consciously decide to be on. It’s the journey of self-discovery beyond your favourite ice-cream flavour… it’s about learning about what makes your heart soar and at the same time tick.
It’s about knowing the things that piss you off and the ways you react in the world.
It’s about uncovering unconscious beliefs that maybe limiting you and holding you back from success. It’s the idea of checking in with yourself so you can learn to create the life you want for yourself instead of floating through it AND it’s a lot of hard work (sorry, but it is).
To take the first step in cultivating self-awareness we have to recognize that most of us are slaves to feeling comfortable. The oxford dictionary defines a slave as ‘a person who is excessively dependent upon or controlled by something’.
Feeling comfortable keeps us from challenging ourselves and thinking about why we do the things we do.
Being a slave to comfort can look like hours in front of a tv or video game and being mindlessly entertained – because its comfortable. Or settling with that job that does not challenge or inspire you – because it’s comfortable or settling down with a partner not because they are the right one for you but because ‘it’s comfortable’.
The great gift of self-awareness can only come from detaching ourselves from what’s comfortable and going into what’s uncomfortable by asking “why is this uncomfortable?” and then making the effort to learn from the experience.
Self-awareness is an earned talent.
If you are willing to work hard and let go of a comfortable life then you are in for a real treat. I’m not saying don’t enjoy a good reality TV show while curled up on the couch with the heat cranked way up.. go for it!
Being comfy is my MO but I also believe that we need to challenge ourselves in order to develop our self-awareness too.
Now I’d love to hear YOUR story! How do you develop your self-awareness in your life and what tips can you share?
In the comments section below please share your story and your best advice for developing your self-awareness.
Thank you, as always, for reading and commenting!