Being self-aware is about the process of understanding ourselves. Knowing ourselves means that we are able to assess several dimensions of ourselves. Self-awareness is the foundation of personal growth and success.
It is safe to say we no longer live in a time where we have to follow societal standards in regards to how you should live your life.
Thanks to the cultural shift due to the information age there is a new way in which goals can be accomplished.
In a study conducted in 2018, 53 percent of millennials expect to become millionaires one day or they already are.
This is great news, right? The real question is how do we get to that part. It is only unattainable if you do not take the time to ask yourself the right questions. In order to get to where you are confident about the path to your future take the time, to be honest with yourself about what you want out of life.
So get out a pen and paper or open up a word document and let’s get real! Take 30 minutes to an hour or more it is no rush. See what you come up with.
Learn to Be Self-Aware
For a long time, I didn’t even know who I was because when it came to asking myself these questions. It forced me to face reality. The reality of not being where I wanted to me in life. Not only in life but within myself. I was existing.
I was not living the life that I dreamed of. What I found is that if I didn’t like the results that I was getting something was going to have to change. The only way this change could take place is If chose to search within me.
Self- awareness is about knowing the things we can do well. It is about understanding our weaknesses and present limitations. While allowing us to discover what it is that we want, or what we do not want. It is about finding our authenticity.
Authenticity is the true nature of ourselves. We cannot be authentic imitating someone else. Yes, we can learn from others, but there is no value in trying to be someone else. The real you are the thoughts that you have. The reason behind the passions that you choose to pursue. Your character and attitude show who you are. By being authentic only then can we be an inspiration to others.
Have faith in who you are and who you aspire to be. Speak life into yourself even if you are not where you want to be in that moment. There is a freedom that comes from knowing yourself. As well as a feeling of empowerment and self-confidence.
You have to audit who you actually are. Self-awareness isn’t only betting on your strengths. It is also accepting your shortcomings.
Being at peace with yourself and your skillset is such an important part of this. Your shortcomings have the ability to allow you to be great. Self-awareness at its finest is accepting your shortcomings and accentuating your strengths.
Finding your purpose is an act of discovery. Do you know the one question that many people have an issue answering when asked on the spot?
Purpose is defined by the Webster dictionary as the reason for which something is done or created. I would like to break down that definition a little bit more.
Purpose is the REASON. For which something is done or created is the GOAL.
There are a few common misconceptions about what it means to find your purpose. They say, “Find your purpose and you will have fulfillment. This statement is true. They say, “Follow your passion and you will never have to work a day in your life.
Many people that are trying to find fulfillment in life have heard and know these sayings all too well. I am here to tell you that passion does not equate to purpose. Even though you are passionate about something does not mean it is your purpose. When you come across your purpose you may not start off being passionate about it.
Discover Your Interests
Growing up I was always interested in people and personal development. When I was old enough to get a job I excelled in entry-level fields revolving around customer service.
I became interested in the way people think and the reasons behind why they do what they do. I always wanted to be a helping vessel to someone in a way that I did not have growing up.
After much prayer, my interests led me to switch my major to social work.
However, I can tell you that was something I never fathomed in wanting to be when I was growing up. Whenever I was being asked what I wanted to be growing up it was always a chef, teacher, or author. Social work was never on my bucket list. Yet once I started to take the necessary classes for that major I had never felt such a lock and key experience.
I found the missing key to what I was looking for.
Try this exercise that only takes five minutes:
- Step 1: Make a list of your aptitudes (your natural talents and things you are good at.
- Step 2: Make a list of your specialized knowledge (training, expertise. Things you know about or how to do).
- Step 3: Make a list of your core philosophies (what do you believe, your worldviews, beliefs about money and love)
Check out this video by Eric Coplen Who goes into detail about this process
The next step that I would like you to take is to find out what it is you want out of life. If it is to work for yourself figure out what you would like to be doing. If you want more money how much exactly do you want?
The goal is to become specific about what it is that you want to achieve. Write your response down on a notecard or a piece of paper. Carry this around with you and read it often. This is the art of goal setting.
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