Being Sensitive Is Good

Individuals who lack self-awareness don’t understand their impact on others. When people say things like: “You’re too sensitive,” or “Stop being so sensitive,” I can almost guarantee that someone is in the process of being hurt in some way. It usually happens like this:

  1. Person one says something rude to person two.
  2. Person two gets upset.
  3. Person one says, “You’re too sensitive.”

Being sensitive is a good thing, it means that you’re in touch with your feelings and you’re able to express them, and that’s why it makes people who aren’t well-versed in dealing with emotions uncomfortable. Most people run screaming when they experience an uncomfortable feeling inside themselves or coming from someone else, and they’ll do anything to get away from it.

I love connecting with people who value self-awareness because they know what it’s like to experience the world through heightened emotions. It doesn’t mean they don’t use their brains, it just shows they’re extra intuitive and perceptive about their environment.

If you’re a sensitive person, that’s great. Keep experiencing your feelings and encouraging others to do the same. After all, we’re all thinking, feeling beings. What are your ideas on being sensitive?

Take care,

Water Seeks Its Own Level

An important part of building self-awareness is understanding the reasons why you surround yourself with certain people and how they affect the trajectory of your life. Ever notice that people tend to hang out with others who mirror or reinforce their behaviors? That’s great if they’re doing wonderfully positive things but quite another if they’re not.

Water seeks its own level because it doesn’t want to be out of balance. People are the same way because they can only achieve at the level they are ready for and seek out others who are at a similar stage. Difficulties and complications arise when individuals are deeply wounded or hurt inside and connect with others who join them because they are feeling the same way. It’s how groups of people band together and do all kinds of awful things.

Thankfully, you don’t have to live your life stuck in one place, you can keep improving yourself, building your self-esteem, and working on being a wonderful person. As you live more fully and authentically, you will attract people into your life who value how genuinely healthy you are and want to accompany you on your journey.

What are your thoughts on water seeking its own level?

Take care,

Coloring outside the Lines

When you possess self-awareness you’re able to do your own thing instead of being swayed by others. Countless well-meaning parents, teachers, friends, bosses, and institutions crush our spirits by telling us to avoid coloring outside the lines. The say things like: fit in, don’t make waves, be like us, don’t be too different. Unfortunately, conforming to rules is the exact opposite of being creative, where there are no limits.

Coloring outside the lines is the very essence of being your own person. You can do anything you want without worrying about the rules other people put in place to stifle your creativity. You get to live each day as the real you and do the things that bring you joy and fulfillment rather than conforming to what someone else says you should do.

A big part of self-awareness is following your own inner voice. You decide where you go, what you do, and how you do it. There are no rules, just the ones that you create.

What’s your advice on coloring outside the lines?

Take care,

Work through Your Stuff

It’s important to work through your stuff even if you don’t really want to, otherwise you’ll live a reactive, unconscious life rather than building your self-awareness and enjoying being the real you.

A lot of people spend an inordinate amount of time and energy trying to avoid difficult issues instead of dealing with them openly and directly. It’s painful to look at your inner bruises but it’s the only way to heal yourself deep inside and move forward in life. When you deal with the challenges that hold you back, you open up doors of opportunity that would have been closed otherwise.

It may not be easy, but the process of healing your hurts is the only true path to happiness. It’s like having a toothache, it will never go away until you treat it. One of the reasons I enjoy connecting with people who value self-awareness is that they often are in a place where they’re already comfortable looking deep inside, and that’s where all change begins.

What advice do you have on how to work through your stuff?

Take care,

10 Ways to Live More Meaningfully

Here are ten ways to live more meaningfully, and develop your self-awareness at the same time:

  1. Follow your dreams.
  2. Treat yourself and others well.
  3. Make the world a better place for yourself and others.
  4. Have the courage to be yourself.
  5. Live your own life.
  6. Love more.
  7. Fear less.
  8. Heal your hurts.
  9. Listen to others.
  10. Feel, think, and behave positively.

One of the reasons I love interacting with people who value self-awareness is because they do things like these on a regular basis. It takes a lot of courage to live deliberately rather than letting life happen to you. What are your ideas on how to live more meaningfully?

Take care,

How to Spot People Who Aren’t Happy

When you have self-awareness, you’re able to live a joyful life and genuinely get along with yourself and others. It’s easy to spot people who aren’t happy because they do things like:

  • Put other people down.
  • Compete with others to boost their own self-image.
  • Say negative things.
  • Look stressed out or ill at ease.
  • Dedicate their lives to causes that hurt people.
  • Defend reprehensible behaviors.
  • Have a history of poor relationships.
  • Say one thing and do another.
  • Live in fear.
  • Do what other people tell them to do.
  • Lack self-awareness.
  • Say they’re happy.

The key to being truly happy in life is to be the person you are at your core, the real you. One of the reasons I love connecting with people who value self-awareness is because their energy comes from a place of introspection, genuineness, creativity, and abundance.

What makes you happy?

Take care,

Feel Your Feelings

When you possess self-awareness, you’re able to live in harmony with your feelings. A common deathbed regret is that people wish they had dealt with their feelings instead of trying to ignore or cover them up. It’s vital to feel your feelings so you can live a healthy, happy life. When you don’t experience your feelings, you cut off a huge part of who you are. We are all feeling beings with a wide range of emotions.

Much damage has been done to people by societal norms that minimize feelings but what could be more normal than acknowledging what you feel inside? If you’re sad, you’re sad. If you’re scared, you’re scared. If you’re happy, you’re happy. There’s no mystery to feelings, they’re just natural states of being that your brain and body produce.

My years of helping people build self-awareness have taught me that feelings have to be recognized and dealt with, you can never ignore them. That sadness you feel will never completely go away unless you deal with it. Feelings are so important to your well-being that you literally can’t live a truly happy life unless you understand how to manage them positively.

How can you begin feeling your feelings? Each time one comes up, acknowledge it. Simply realize that, no matter how uncomfortable they may be, you can handle them and they are a natural part of you. The key to living a happy life is to gradually heal the difficult feelings and emphasize the positive ones.

What advice do you have on how to feel your feelings?

Take care,