True self-awareness begins with self-reflection, the process of examining and understanding what you think, feel and do. A lot of people are able to recognize that they think or do something but are unable to consciously change or modify it. Self-reflection means that you do the following:
- Be willing to take a candid look at yourself.
- Recognize your strengths.
- Identify your areas for improvement.
- Learn how to experience your full range of emotions.
- Find ways to identify and heal your deepest hurts.
- Stop doing things that don't work.
- Think, feel and behave consciously and positively.
- Move from being reactive to proactive.
- Be willing to learn, grow and change.
- Be open to new experiences.
There's a big difference between saying you're self-aware and actually knowing who you really are. Genuine self-awareness requires constant, ongoing reflection, exploration, and an openness to new perspectives and ideas. What will you do to start your journey of self-reflection?