Hey Projectees, self-awareness is a concept that you will probably all have heard of at some point. This post discusses the importance of self-awareness.
To be self-aware is to become aware of and understand, on a conscious level, your own thoughts, emotions, behaviours, motivations, self, rather than running on autopilot and having all of these inner complexities just sweeping you by without a deeper understanding of why it happens. You learn to observe yourself and your usual patterns and there’s a lot to be gained from becoming self-aware.
Everyone is self-aware to some extent, and you may well have made self-aware remarks to yourself in the past (e.g. I like my new puppy because he’s hyper like my other puppy; I’m sad because I got a bad grade). These are common observations you make based on an awareness of what makes you you.
Becoming more self-aware has made a world of difference for me, and the little bit of work required is really incredibly worth it.
Take a look at why that is.
You will be happier and more at ease
When self-awareness is low, you may go through the motions of day to day life without a deeper understanding as to why you do what you do, why you feel what you feel. This can result in instances where, not understanding the why, you may feel negative emotions for a prolonged time due to not being able to tackle the root cause of it.
There may also be instances of self-conflict, where your conscious mind may disagree with a habitual pattern of thinking or of behaving, but you are unable to pinpoint the reason for such self-conflict — turning your mind into a state of mental discomfort, of inner turmoil, of dissonance.
These situations arise from not being fully aware of your self. By having an awareness of your deeper motivations and thoughts you become in tune with yourself, your needs, your goals. This eliminates any mental dissonance or prolonged negative emotions as you are able to instantly recognize the deeper meaning of these feelings and conflicts and work on resolving them.
You will become noticeably happier, and much more at ease with yourself.
“My friend…care for your psyche…know thyself, for once we know ourselves, we may learn how to care for ourselves” -Socrates (ancient Greek philosopher)
It is necessary for self-improvement
Self-awareness is a foundational requirement of self-improvement. Most likely, you have experienced the drive to improve yourself in some area of your life at some point, be it confidence, writing skills, self-control, etc. If you were successful, it was likely because you possessed adequate self-awareness to really address the issue from the bottom up.
To self-improve, there needs to first be an understanding of the deeper self.
For example, you may be frustrated because you procrastinate a lot. You want to improve this quality but at the same time you may not possess a strong sense of self-awareness.
You may tackle this issue using a surface deep approach, when what really needs to be addressed are undetected, deeper, more resounding reasons such as: feeling like you are not good at what you do, or, feeling like the work is not meaningful enough for you.
Understanding your deepest self via self-awareness is the only permanent way to self-improve; surface deep approaches will only get you so far. Self-awareness is the most important step for self-improvement.
“The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.” -Lao Zi (ancient Chinese philosopher)
You will be more in control of your life
Having low self-awareness does not necessarily mean you are not in control of your life, but there is certainly something to be said of the extra control self-awareness can impart you.
When self-awareness is low, your behaviours and feelings may occur on unconscious autopilot based on your typical patterns of living without conscious input as to whether they are really how you would like to behave/feel. This is the unconscious calling the shots.
Having self-awareness gives you the ability and the awareness to filter what the unconscious dictates, to change these dictations as you see fit to behave and feel in ways you see as more appropriate for yourself.
You may push away the unconscious-driven urge to get angry because it isn’t worth it; or, you may choose to ignore the reluctance to ride a roller coaster because you’d like for yourself to have that experience.
Self-awareness will give you the power and the control to really make your life your own. You will be active, rather than passive, in shaping your life.
“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” -Carl Jung (psychoanalyst)
Life will be deeper, more meaningful
Self-awareness basically serves to add a level of awareness to your being. Pre-self-awareness is one level of consciousness, but once you become self-aware, you essentially obtain a second layer of consciousness, in which you mindfully observe the going-ons of your first awareness.
This would give you a deeper, more nuanced experience of life as you would not only be able to experience it first-hand, but second-hand as well. Being self-aware also sets the stage for you to observe, and to understand the meaning of your feelings, behaviours, interactions.
This way, self-awareness really allows for a deep, meaningful existence.
“By becoming self-aware, you gain ownership of reality; in becoming real, you become the master of both inner and outer life.” -Deepak Chopra (self-help guru)
I hope you have learned a little bit about the importance of self-awareness. It has the ability to impact you in pretty life-changing ways regardless of where you are in life, your personality, your occupation, etc.
I am a very big advocate for self-awareness and I really encourage all of you to go on your own self-awareness journey to become one with yourself, to reach your potential and to live the best life you deserve. If you’d like to get started, mindfulness meditation is great way to do just that.
Keep an eye out for my upcoming article on how to become more self-aware!
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