Self-awareness is extremely important, knowing who you are and being the best version of you that you can be is truly empowering. Having a better understanding of ourselves helps us experience like in unique was as a separate individual. Here are 4 ways that you can improve your self-awareness;
As many people know by now, mediation is a great way to connect your body with your mind. Not only can it make you happier, relieve stress and lower your blood pressure, but it can also help you become more self-aware. Greater clarity can come from regular moments of pause and reflection – which is what many types of meditation focus on. During these periods of meditation ask yourself questions such as;
- What am I trying to achieve?
- What am I doing that’s working?
- What am I doing that’s slowing me down?
- What can I do to change?
A form of meditation that is simple to incorporate into your everyday life, as well as being extremely practical. It is derived from carrying out seemingly mundane tasks which can help inspire a degree of therapeutic serenity. These are tasks such as; washing the dishes, doing work in your garden, folding and putting your clothes away neatly.
Instead of complaining or being reluctant about doing these things, reflect and relish on how simple the tasks actually are. This will really help to put things into perspective.
Write Down Key Plans and Priorities
One of the easiest ways to improve your self-awareness is incredibly simple; write down what you want to do and track your progress.
This is a method is used by the successful businessman, investor and philanthropist Warren Buffet. He is known for carefully articulating and explaining his reasons for making an investment at the time that he’s making it. This allows him to reflect on past decisions and assess whether future outcomes can be attributed to good judgement or sheer luck.
Ask Trusted Friends
You’re never going to be fully aware of how you come across to other people, and this is because you’re never going to see yourself from an outsiders’ perspective. What you can do is ask someone you trust – and you know will be brutally honest with you. Get them to inform you when you are doing something that they see could be improved on.
Similarly, if you already know the things you want to change about yourself then ask them to subtly let you know when you’re doing it, for example, if you constantly need to one-up someone when they’re telling a story – get a friend to let you know when you’re doing it so you can learn to fix it.
Get Regular Feedback at Work
In addition to informally asking friends and family to inform you of bad habits and personality traits, use a formal process in the workplace. If there are none in place, try to implement formal feedback loops. Constructive feedback can allow you to see your own strengths and weaknesses – from an outside perspective that you cannot accurately judge on your own.