Imagine a world where everyone would blame others for their own mistakes. It would suck, right? People would blame you for their mistakes, so they don’t have to change their habits or so they don’t have to live with the consequences of their actions. Thank God, people aren’t like this. This is because luckily, a lot of people are aware of themselves and their mistakes. They know who they are, they know their own weaknesses and their competences. They are willing to improve themselves. I feel like becoming an adult, has to do a lot with self-awareness. How can you be independent without knowing who you are? Self-awareness is about owning up to your mistakes.
What is self-awareness?
According to the dictionary, self-awareness is the ‘conscious knowledge of one’s own character and feelings.’
Being self aware means that you have the ability to know what’s going on in your inner world, what your thoughts are and what emotions you have. You know what your strengths and weaknesses are. You know how you feel about certain things and what your motivations are. It’s important to not be judgemental about yourself, but you should be aware of your mistakes.
There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.
Here are 7 ways to improve self-awareness.
- Stop making excuses for things that you do wrong. Nobody’s asking for explanations, and you’re just making it easier for yourself to make more mistakes. Instead, own your mistakes, and try to work on the things you did wrong.
- Mistakes are okay. Whenever you made a mistake, accept it. Own it. Never blame others for your mistakes, and if you do feel like it is not your fault, think about the things you could do better next time. You can never tell others to change, but you can always improve yourself.
- Ask for feedback and never take it personally. Look at it objectively.People give you feedback because they want you to improve, not because they don’t like you. Feedback is so powerful. It is important. You can improve yourself in great ways when you get useful feedback.
- Set new goals from the feedback you get, and break them down in daily tasks. When you break down a goal into daily tasks, you can improve yourself by taking small steps. You know when you will achieve the goal and you have made the journey clear, organized and simple.
- Keep a journal. You can get to know yourself better through this and you will find out what you want. Write down your feedback, goals, wins, the things you’re grateful for. Anything you’d like! There are many videos on YouTube about journaling. I try to journal daily as well. If you’d like me to post more about journaling, please leave a comment about this.
- Reframe your thoughts. Instead of having subjective thoughts about yourself, change them into positive thoughts or objective thoughts. You don’t have to be perfect, nobody’s perfect. Stop focusing on your weaknesses, start focusing on improving them.
- Stop comparing yourself to others and stop comparing yourself to being a good person according to the standards. Instead, focus on being true to yourself. Write down what you want to achieve, and who you want to be.