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How to Develop Self-Awareness: Tools & Strategies



Self-awareness is having an understanding of your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours, and the impact they have on yourself and others. The good news is, this key skill for personal growth and success in all areas of your life, can be cultivated through consistent effort and practice. In this blog post, we will explore tips and strategies for developing self-awareness.


Practice mindfulness. Mindfulness is about being fully present in the moment and observing your thoughts and feelings, and the sensations in your body without judgment. By using this powerful tool you become aware of your emotions as they arise and in time this gets easier and easier. You can practice mindfulness through meditation, deep breathing, or simply paying attention to your surroundings in the moment.


Keep a journal. Journaling is a great way to get your thoughts, feelings, and observations out of your mind and body in order to reflect on them. You can simply record your feelings by starting with 'I feel...' and then free writing for as long as you want to. Another powerful practice is writing down your goals, keeping a gratitude journal, or writing down questions you want answered, closing your eyes and going within to see what answers come.


Identify your core values. Taking the time to identify your core values gives you a baseline for all decision making, and in doing so, helps you to understand yourself more. With this new understanding you are taken to a new level of self-awareness. Ask yourself questions like: What do I value most in life? or What principles do I want to live by?


Take personality assessments. A personality assessment provides you with insights into your strengths, weaknesses, and tendencies and can be very useful for increasing self-awareness. Until we see it written down in black and white we are sometimes not aware of our own traits. Some popular tests are the 16 Personalities Test, the Myers-Briggs Type indicator, and the 5 Love Languages quiz can be insightful for relationships too.


Practice self-reflection. This is the practice of examining your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours to gain understanding of yourself. By doing this you can identify patterns and habits that could be counter-productive hindering the attainment of your goals. Look for things like triggers and strong reactions and ask yourself: What triggered my reaction to that situation? or What could I have done differently?


Developing self-awareness does take time and effort, but it is doable. Some of the other things you may wish to do is read self-help books, watch inspirational YouTube videos, and follow people on social media that you find inspiring.


From my own experience, self-awareness makes life richer and more meaningful, and unlocks the questions around why I am the way I am. And the best part is that I can make a different choice, and get a much better outcome.


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