The Self-Awareness Guy

Self-Awareness and Your Worldview

Your level of self-awareness deeply affects your worldview. If you believe that the world is an unforgiving place where people can’t be trusted or want to harm you then you’ll live your life in a particular way. If, on the other hand, you see the world as a place where people can be trusted and are generally well-meaning you’ll behave in other ways. Your worldview colors everything you do in life and will lead you down a certain path which can be beneficial or full of hindrances.

In order to increase your self-awareness and enjoy life, take some time to ask yourself where your assumptions about the world come from. Identify the beliefs you hold that keep you from living happily and take action to shift them in a more positive direction. For example: If you believe that you can’t talk with someone, consciously decide that you’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and communicate with them in a way that invites them to connect with you. It takes deliberate effort and courage to shift your worldview but it can help you live much more meaningfully. What will you do to create a positive worldview?

Take care,

Guy

Self-Awareness and Being Happy

One of the most important reasons to increase your self-awareness is so you can be happy. There are a lot of people walking around who insist they’re happy but who really are hiding a lot of turmoil just under the surface. Being happy means that the various parts of your life are in balance rather than conflict or tension. It’s nearly impossible to feel genuine happiness if you have areas of your life that always remind you that all is not well.

A big part of self-awareness is working on your warts by taking an honest look at yourself. Heal the parts of you that create tension in your life and you’ll be able to feel joy like never before. It may be difficult or painful at first, but the long-term rewards are immense. What will you do to use self-awareness to be more happy?

Take care,

Guy

Self-Awareness Means Living Authentically

When you possess self-awareness you live authentically, which means that you do things like:

  • Look at yourself honestly, openly and continuously.
  • Strive to understand who you are deep inside.
  • Think, feel and behave like the real you.
  • Realize how your actions affect you and others.
  • Think and behave in ways that make you and others happy.
  • Understand the interrelations between people.
  • Behave with kindness and empathy.
  • You’re genuinely happy with yourself.
  • Actively heal your hurts.
  • You’re willing to work on any area of your life that needs strengthening.
  • You’re committed to learning about yourself, others and the world at large and continue growing.
  • Let go of fear.
  • Look below the surface.
  • Live your dreams.

When you do these types of things you tap into who you are as a person deep inside. The key to living a happy, fulfilling life is to be true to yourself and live in a way that brings you meaning. What will you do to live authentically?

Take care,

Guy

10 Signs You Practice Self-Awareness

It’s easy to tell who values self-awareness because they behave in ways that are uplifting for them and the people around them. Here are ten signs that you practice self-awareness:

  1. You know where you end and others begin.
  2. You behave positively toward yourself and others.
  3. You have compassion and empathy for others.
  4. You are able to see other people’s points of view.
  5. You keep your personal stuff out of your interactions with others.
  6. You heal your own hurts.
  7. You know who you really are deep inside.
  8. You live authentically.
  9. You help yourself and others grow and succeed.
  10. You get up each morning and think, feel and behave like the real you.

If you do these things habitually, you’re a person who possesses healthy self-awareness. If you don’t, no worries, just pick one area to strengthen and practice until you become good at it. The key to building self-awareness is to always be cognizant of what you’re doing and whether you’re living positively and genuinely. What will you do to keep building self-awareness?

Take care,

Guy

People Who Don’t Understand Self-Awareness

I love facilitating self-awareness workshops where I encourage people to take a deeper look at themselves and that can have a few different outcomes, from individuals being genuinely happy about learning more about themselves, to others feeling genuinely upset about having to examine who they really are. People are used to presenting a carefully fabricated version of what kind of person they are and what they do.

It’s not rare for someone in one of my workshops to claim that she is a kind, fair, inspiring leader and then describe all manner of hideous behaviors that she perpetrates on others. This is a sure sign of a lack of self-awareness, the inability to see how your thoughts, emotions and behaviors affect you and others.

It’s hard to take a candid look at yourself and start the process of building self-awareness. It requires the courage to look at the things in your life that aren’t going so well and doing something to change them. Thankfully, as you get to know who you really are, you’ll develop the ability to heal your hurts and strengthen yourself so that you can live a happier, more fulfilling life.

People don’t really misunderstand self-awareness, they just choose not to look at themselves. If you consciously decide to explore who you are, you’ll learn amazing things about yourself and find that life is much more meaningful when you live it honestly and genuinely. What will you do to increase your self-awareness?

Take care,

Guy