Welcome to September! I hope that everyone is enjoying their Labor Day weekend. Labor Day means the celebrating of social and economic achievement for all U.S workers in America. Also, it seems that Labor day marks the end of summer, and for some of us who like to wear white, the rule is no more wearing white after this weekend. Distinguishing between the old money elites and the new money groups, any-who. Out with the whites and in with the fall colors. Some of us may be consumed with changing our summer to fall wardrobes, but have you thought about how we should look at our self-awareness when we change seasons and our clothes? During the pandemic, you may have heard many people including myself talk about self-care. Now we must bring to the forefront the new buzzword self-awareness.
Self-awareness is the ability to see yourself more confident and understand your motives and desires. Although most people believe that they are self-aware of themselves, but this may not be the case always. It is difficult to see and understand why you behave in a particular way. However, once you are of aware of your behavior, then you can become more self-aware. Self-awareness allows you to create the life you want for yourself. Having clarity about who you are and what you want is empowering. This will give you the right motivation to make a change.
My self-awareness is to monitor my own emotions and reactions. Monitoring my strengths, weakness and my triggers. We all have those triggers and my reactions and how I respond to them is important. I have learned to set boundaries with work and in my personal life to not set off specific trigger when then occur. This took me some time too, and also being open to receiving feedback from valued individuals. Being self aware is a rare quality, and in order to become a good leader for yourself you must first become self aware of who you are.
Take a look at why you becoming self-aware is important, and the benefits of why you need it: first, you will become a better leader. Secondly, it helps to strengthen personal and work relationships through your emotions. Lastly, improving skills by what you do well. Learning to become self-aware is not always easy, but let’s explore some ways on how you can benefit from self-awareness.
Keep An Open Mind – Being open-minded is learning to accept your mistakes, and changing your mindset to make improvements. Understanding other’s points of view without making you feeling frustrated will help you understand and develop your self-awareness.
Be Mindful Of Your Strength and Weakness – Being mindful of your strengths and weakness is to keep an open mind.
Set Boundaries – Set strong boundaries in place, and know when to say no. Saying no does not mean that you will not do it at some other time, but it means that now is not a good time.
Know Your Triggers – Self-aware individuals can identify their emotions and reactions. You don’t have to deny your emotions, yet you must be mindful of how you react and communicate to situations. Having the ability to recognize what triggers you through self-awareness. Set down and make a plan, here is an example: delete apps, taking a break from social media, turn off your phone after 7:00 p.m, avoid toxic environments and people.
Practice Self-Care – Self-care is important in setting and maintaining boundaries as you need to make yourself a priority. This will help with boundary setting which is a part of self-care.
Being self-aware is not about identifying all of your faults, but about understaning your motivators” Cam