Self-awareness is, according to a study (and I’m sure many other studies, books, and people), “arguably the most fundamental issue in psychology, from both a developmental and an evolutionary perspective.”
That comes as no surprise; according to the Cambridge Dictionary, being self-aware means “knowing and understanding yourself very well.”
However, lacking self-awareness is more common than you might think. Many people wander around and go through life without devoting time to knowing themselves.
Lack of self-awareness can cause you to feel lost in life; when you neither know nor understand yourself very well, there’s no way for you to understand why you don’t like what you’re doing, let alone what you want to do next.
Most times, when we feel lost, we can’t quite understand why or which steps to take to fix that. In this post, I share with you five quick tips to become increasingly self-aware and thus excel in life.
5 quick tips to become increasingly self-aware
Practice self-discovery journaling constantly
Journaling consists of asking yourself the right questions and then writing down hones answers.
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Because I know how important this is, I created the Self Discovery Workbook with journaling exercises and activities that help you understand what you’re feeling, where you are in life, what matters to you, what you want, what you don’t and more.
Doing exercises like this helps you become aware of your emotional state, your thoughts, beliefs, and values.
Keep a log of everything you do and how those things make you feel
Sometimes there’s a massive gap between what we think we do with our time and what we actually do.
We can easily spend 2-3 hours a day mindlessly scrolling through Instagram (guilty!) without even realizing it.
Keeping a daily log like this for 5-10 days is enough to shed light on why you feel lost, overwhelmed, unhappy, unsatisfied. It will also help you understand what you want more of in life.
Expose yourself to ideas and beliefs different than your own
Nowadays it’s so easy to think we’re absolutely right every time because it’s relatively easy to find people on the Internet who think as we do.
We end up caught in our own mind and ideas, and this makes it hard for us to look beyond our nose.
Practice seeing things from other people’s points of view and listening to others without thinking about what you’re going to say next.
Practice being present and focused on the moment
Being present means putting all your senses at the exact moment you’re living. Whether you’re working, cooking, walking, driving, listen to the sounds around you, pay attention to the smells and everything you can see, focus on the texture of the things you’re touching, and if you’re eating, taste every flavor.
To be present, try meditation or mindfulness.
Read about other people’s lives
Before I started reading non-fiction like a crazy person last year, I couldn’t really understand why people like to read autobiographies. I used to find them boring, useless.
Then I read Can’t Hurt Me, by David Goggins because I kept seeing that badass cover everywhere. It changed my life, to say the least.
The more you know about others, the more you’ll know about the world and what’s really possible. Reading autobiographies can also help you feel grateful for what you have.