Why does Self-Awareness matter?

gitajayakumar
Posted November 24, 2015 from India

If I ask you who you are, what will you say? Will you tell me what your job is, what your interests are, whose son or daughter you are, and where you are from? Well, that’s only one part of who you are. The real story, is who you are within. It is the comprehensive unit that you comprise, along with your needs, desires, failings and habits. This understanding, is called Self-Awareness.

Self-Awareness is the single most important tool that can help you to find success in any area of your life. Awareness of self or Self-awareness is all about understanding your own needs, desires, failings, habits, why you feel what you feel and why you behave in a particular way and everything else that makes you, well, you. This will help you to make life changes life changes that will make your life easy. It is having a clear perception of who and what you are, including your strengths, weaknesses, thoughts, beliefs, and emotions.

Why does Self-Awareness matter?

Self Awareness allows you to understand other people, how they perceive you, your attitude and your responses to them. Awareness allows you to become proactive rather than reactive. It helps you accept your weaknesses. The moment you decide to accept your shortcomings and you will make a shift for the better.

Achieving self-awareness is challenging and a lifelong effort. Once you begin to understand this you can then make changes about yourself and create a life that you want. Self-awareness is important in our relationships, you can then acknowledge whatever you have done wrong or better still you will not do it at all, this will help you keep a harmonious social life. It can feel tough and overwhelming to increase awareness of something that feels so deeply ingrained. It takes courage to do this.

Self awareness is very essential for emotional intelligence. If you’re having problems with depression, anger, fear, sorrow, etc. self-awareness will be of great help . You can become aware of what you are going through, acknowledge it, process it and release it. You can rid yourself of many ailments!

Ready to become aware of yourself?

Self-awareness is not just about knowing yourself – but also about acknowledging, accepting and evolving with that knowledge. Let’s try this simple exercise. Take a sheet of paper and write down 10 things you are good at. Draw a line under it, and now, in this segment, write down 10 things you are not good at.

Which one do you write faster?

If you found the first one coming in quicker, hold on. It is important that you see your flaws and improve on them. No one is free of flaws, and perfection is an illusion – your goal is not to obliterate flaws, but to manage them in a way that it doesn’t hurt you or anyone else.

If you found your negative things coming in fast, work on your self-esteem and appreciating yourself. If you do not appreciate yourself and acknowledge what you are good at, no one else will.

Remember. Awareness, like charity, starts from within.

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pink
Nov 25, 2015
Nov 25, 2015

i like a clear view of self awareness.

Krysie Bright
Nov 26, 2015
Nov 26, 2015

This post as a whole was outstanding, but the part where you said self awareness allows you to understand others really stood out. 

You really do have the power to influence many lives with your ideas of the importance of becoming aware of yourself.

Kristina M
Nov 29, 2015
Nov 29, 2015

Dear Gitajayakumar,

Thank you for bringing up the subject of self awareness.  When I read your title, the thought in my head was that it matters because it can make all of the difference in the world in how things turn out!

Dani26
Dec 07, 2015
Dec 07, 2015

Dear Gitajayakumar,

Thank you for sharing your wisdom on the importance of self-awareness. I try to become more self-aware through both reflective practice as well as through practising empathy, and trying to imagine how others feel and would perceive my words and actions. We can all be more self-aware and thus better understand the impact of our actions on others, hopefully for the better!

Best wishes

Dani

Sathya
Aug 18, 2019
Aug 18, 2019

Hi Gita... Congrats on an excellent article..Simple and Lucid.. I am doing a small program on Self Management. Could I share your writeup with the group. Thanks
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