The Importance of Self-Awareness
For most of my life – stemming as far back as high school – I never aligned myself with being a “morning person”. In the mornings, I am not chatty, I have very little to say, and I generally dislike being barraged with questions and instructions before at least 10am. I took this belief of my mood being such a major factor that when I got to college, I made sure that most of my class courses started after 10am, if at all possible. I had a few classes that started at 930am, but over my 3.5 years of undergrad, I only remember 2 classes in that time block. I had an 8am course once in my freshman year and dropped out of it because I switched majors and it wasn’t needed in the first place. Either way, I hated it most and was often late, without a care.
If you follow me on social media, preferably Facebook, you have probably noticed that I talk quite a bit about self-awareness, self-care, manifesting, and positive thinking and idealization. All of these things are geared to improve us from the inside out – mentally which would affect us physically. It’s my belief that self-awareness is the first step in self-improvement. Self-improvement is essential in making sound and forward-moving decisions, accomplishing goals of any kind, and living a peaceable life overall.
Self-awareness is literally learning about and being fully aware of who you are as a human being in different areas of your life. The more you know about yourself, the better you are able to navigate through the world and co-habitat with others. Life is not about just you. It’s about you plus everyone else. We must adjust to the world we live in to meet the goals we seek. The more you are self-aware and know about yourself, the better you are able to handle situations and circumstances that do not solely include you. These situations can include work projects, delegating tasks to others, officer positions and team member assignments, and even in parenting. The more you know about yourself and are completely honest with yourself, the more effective you can become overall in this world.
Using the “I’m not a morning person” belief again, without ever testing it out fully and solely basing it on the fact that in the mornings – I am not usually at a place to engage with others until the late morning, I remained through most of my adult life with the idea that I was just meant for the night – that I am a night owl, a nocturnal being, etc. Once I graduated from undergrad, my jobs often started at 9am and in some cases – 7am. It was a chore for me to be on time and be alert, because I wholly believed that i was not “cut out” for the mornings. As I grew older and into self-employment, I maintained night shifts within the industry I worked and I felt right at home. However, as I grew older and determined to change certain habits – one of those habits being more of a day-person as to accommodate with the world around me.
Once I tried it, retrained my body so that I am up at 6am and sleep no later than midnight every night, I found out that the days work better for me. I am still not a Chatty Cathy in the mornings. I am still not in the best mood until 10am. I still need a full bottle of water before I can open my mouth to speak most of the time. However, I get more work done, I am better with keeping a schedule, I am a lot less lax with timeliness, and it gives me peace of mind to know for sure that most nights I get a full 8 hours sleep.
Making these changes added to my self-awareness because they improved my life personally, professionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually. I was able to assess who I was, who I used to be, and who I wanted to become in the short and long run. Doing so has worked incredibly in my favor in the past year.
So how does a person become more self-aware? These are the things that I continuously do to keep being as self-aware as possible:
Become an Objective party with yourself
If you can be objective with yourself, criticism from others tends to not be as effective. If you’re objective and wholly honest with yourself about yourself, your self-truths are more factually centered instead of emotionally-rooted. This helps to get you more onto the path of self-improvement in the first place.
How intentional are you with your desire for self-improvement? Do you just say you want to improve on yourself but don’t actively do the work or are you throwing in real effort in the direction of being a better you?
Create your Life
It doesn’t matter how you spell it out or even what your belief system is. The fact of the matter is that you create your life. You make your decisions. You move or don’t move on the things you need to. You. Take ownership in these things and practice being accountable for yourself and your actions.
Check Yourself whenever necessary
Old habits die hard and are not easy to change at all. Change is also not impossible no matter how old you are. Habits are old, you are not. You are ever-evolving and if you see yourself slipping back into the old habits you’ve been working to rid yourself of, then check yourself accordingly. It is the best way to be fully accountable of you.
I take great pride in the person I am over the past year. And with that, I intentionally aim to help, educate, and inspire others to do the same!