I find that people are not very self-aware. We are too focused on other people’s actions, faults, and flaws. We rarely consider our role (good or bad) in the outcome of any situation we find ourselves in. Because of this, we are less effective in our daily lives and limit our own potential for greater success.
To improve and get better at anything we need feedback. Self-awareness can be a strong feedback loop for us if only we knew how to be more self-aware. We fail when we don’t recognize how we sabotage our relationships and interactions we make in our lives because of who we are.
Without self-awareness, it’s hard to change, grow and be more in control of your life. Without self-awareness we simply spin our wheels, make the same mistakes over and bounce randomly around through our life without much success.
I believe that people can become more self-aware. There is nothing complex about understanding self-awareness. We just need to better understand what being self-aware feels and looks like to become more self-aware.
Self-awareness then becomes the first successful step towards intention. Self-awareness will force us in one of two directions. The first would be to choose situations, jobs, challenges, lifestyles or projects that better match our temperament, skills, and abilities. Or the second would be to force us to see the gaps within us that need to be filled in order to accomplish what we aspire to but now understand that we are not qualified yet to pursue.
It’s never too late to become more self-aware. Life is never lived in a straight line. There are many surprises, twists, and turns along the way. This is the most encouraging thing about life’s journey. Our lives are never quite as permanently set as we think. Learning to be more self-aware can benefit you regardless of your age.