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Mirror Mirror: The Power of Self-Awareness

Self-Awareness for me is and was powerful. It took a lot of falling, breakthroughs, and obstacles for me to not just conduct a personal self-awareness analysis, I had to take it serious and do the hard work the make the proper modifications. When self-awareness became concrete, self-love improved. When self-love improved peace of mind and other internal aspects such as confidence and joy, could be sustained. When self-awareness is concrete and you have a joy, confidence, and happiness about yourself; there’s a foundation and way of being that is indestructible. When hate and negativity tries to visit, you won’t falter or be broken.

The development of self-starts at a very young age. When a preschooler is asked how are they different from other children, they usually look at their self-concept. Self-Concept is their identity, of their set of beliefs about what they are like as individuals. Most preschoolers give inaccurate statements about their self-concept. They usually overestimate their skills and knowledge. Preschool-Age children also begin to develop a view of self that reflects their culture considers the self. Children's views of self-become more differentiated. As they get older, children discover that they may be good at some things and not so good at others.

Children's self-concepts become divided into personal and academic spheres. During middle childhood children begin social comparison. Social comparison is the desire to evaluate one's own behavior, abilities, expertise, and opinions by comparing them to those of others. During middle childhood children deal with the crisis industry versus inferiority stage. The stage is characterized by a focus on efforts to attain competence in meeting the challenges presented by parents, peers, school, and other complexities of the modern world. This is a time of their life where the child develops a self-esteem. Self-Esteem in an individual's overall and specific positive and negative self-evaluation. Self-Concept reflects beliefs and cognitions about the self, self-esteem is more emotionally oriented.

Everyone is aware, that's no big deal. But awareness can be developed as a skill set just as talking can be developed by learning a broader vocabulary. The more you know different kinds of things to pay attention to, the more you can choose (or not) to use that information. Self-Awareness is the first component of emotional intelligence which means knowing one’s internal states, preferences, resources and intuition which goes up to the level of being, who am I, what are my resources, what do I prefer and what makes me happy. individual who possess these traits are not acute but rather have interest in themselves and the people around them; in order words self-awareness in an individual can be identify by his or her self-confident not to feel threatened by change, but rather have the ability to embrace change and to see all change as being positive.

We might quickly assume that we are self-aware, but it is helpful to have a relative scale for awareness. If you have ever been in an auto accident you may have experienced everything happening in slow motion and noticed details of your thought process and the event. This is a state of heightened awareness. With practice, we can learn to engage these types of heightened states and see new opportunities for interpretations in our thoughts, emotions, and conversations. Having awareness creates the opportunity to make changes in behavior and beliefs. Self-Awareness is developed through practices in focusing your attention on the details of your personality and behavior. It isn’t learned from reading a book. When you read a book, you are focusing your attention on the conceptual ideas in the book. You can develop an intellectual understanding of the ideas of self-awareness from a book, but this is not the same. With your attention in a book you are practicing not paying attention to your own behavior, emotions and personality.

It is quite difficult in today's time to find time to think about who we are, what are our strengths and weaknesses, personalities, our habits and values. Besides, many of us are not just inclined to spend much time on self-reflection. Consequently, many of us have low level of self-awareness because self-awareness is an essential first step toward maximizing management skills. It can improve our judgment and help us identify opportunities for professional development and personal growth.

Self-Awareness helps us explore your strengths and cope without weaknesses. if we are good at "seeing the big picture" that surrounds decisions, but not as good at focusing on the details, we might want to consult colleagues and subordinates that are more detail oriented when making major decisions. Cooperation between big-picture-oriented decision makers and detail oriented decision makers can produce high quality decisions.

Self-Awareness is empowering because it can reveal where the performance problems are and indicate what can be done to improve performance. In addition, awareness of your psychological needs can increase your motivation by helping you understand and seek out the rewards that you really desire such as a sense of accomplishment, additional responsibility, an opportunity to help others, or a flexible work schedule. Always keep on motivating yourself that is the best way for motivation.

It is important for every individual to understand themselves. If you can understand yourself, you will understand others easily. Communication with others will be easier for you. Different self-awareness questions, methods and studies can help us discover things about ourselves that we did not know. We can find about our hidden and unknown sides. Being open to feedback from others can make us stronger.

Developing self-awareness can help us to identify when we are stressed out or under pressure. It is also often a must for real communication and interpersonal relations, as well as for developing empathy for others. Self-Awareness is the ability to choose feelings being felt rather than just thinking the thoughts that are encouraged from the increasing events leading up to the situations of the moment. Self-Awareness also includes a growing and more specific appreciation of the way yourself as inner boss and leader can be identified as being a little separate from and above or over the many roles you play in life. Self-Awareness is important because if you want to change your life in any way you need to know yourself before you can act. You need to know what you need to do to head in the right direction and you can't do that until you know yourself.

Setting goals not only give you on going road map for success, but it shows you the best alternatives you should need or desire a change along the way. We should review our goals on regular basis. Many do this daily as it helps them assess their progress and gives them ability to make faster more informed decisions. Having a clear understanding of your thought and, behavior patterns helps you understand other people. This ability to empathize facilitates better personal and professional relationships.

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