Learning the elements of Self-Awareness is key to your personal and professional growth. Once you know these elements, you can put them into practice.
This is the stage where we recognise that we don’t know much about self-awareness as a *thing*. Yet we are now more conscious that there is value in knowing about it.
This is where we do not understand or know how to do something, but we do recognise the deficit. We also recognise the value of the new skill in addressing the deficit.
In this pathway, “Learn Self-Awareness“, we discuss the basics of self-awareness theory. We also discuss how to put this knowledge into practice to make immediate gains in our life.
As it turns out, we all have practical experience in self-awareness already, whether we realise it or not. We instinctively have self-awareness in us, so we kinda take it for granted.
According to studies, our self awareness emerges in us when we are about 12 month old. And as we grow older it is an integral part of us . . . but often, we don’t know the what and why of self-awareness. Learning some of the theoretical basics should help to explain some of what we already know about ourselves.
There could be a few aahhhhhhhh moments 😉
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Learn the basics of Self-Awareness
Many skills we learn are based on knowledge, experience, science, and/or theory. Self-Awareness is no different. It has a vast history . . .
“ὁ δὲ ἀνεξέταστος βίος οὐ βιωτὸς ἀνθρώπῳ“, said Socrates ~ 399 BC
. . . and in more recent times, the Self Awareness Theory. The theory states that when we focus our attention on ourselves, we evaluate and compare our current behavior to our internal standards and values. Wikipedia
Like many skill, there are benefits to learning some theoretical basics, then applying that new knowledge to practical learning.
Benefits of Self-Awarenes 101
- we start ‘at the beginning’, to give us a sound base to build on
- we don’t know what we don’t know
- a sense of calmness when we find out that some things are natural to all people, not just to us
- leads to metacognition, where we “thinking about thinking’
- gives you an core understanding of WHAT (it is). Without the What, answering the “Why do I . . . ?” questions is more difficult
- we can kickstart our personal Well-being, bringing immediate benefits to ourselves and those around us
- Know the core elements of self-awareness
- Understand how self-awareness relates to your personal and professional growth
- Start to build self-awareness within yourself
- How to utilise self-awareness to support Well-being
- Moving you into a status of “Conscious Competence” in Advanced Self-Awareness. To a state where you will be able to do self-awareness, but need to apply yourself to the task, in a ‘conscious’ fashion.
As we’re discussing learning a new skill, now would a good time for you to read the below below article, by Farheen Gani. An excellent article with 10 great strategies.
Before you embark on your learning journey
Learning any new skill requires motivation and commitment, for best results. And the same is needed for your self-awareness journey, plus two other points we’d like to mention . . .
1) Embrace & accept yourself as you are.
We all have capabilities and limitations, and these are good to know.
Self-acceptance improves self-awareness, and both lead to improved Personal Fulfillment.
This is not self-help or self-improvement (we are not looking to tag certain parts of ourself as ‘bad’, or ‘inferior’, then ‘fix’ them)
2) Ask the right questions. What questions, not Why questions.
Knowing what you did is simple to answer . . . why you did it is way, way harder (pssst, it maybe something in your Unconscious Bias). Ask What is to acknowledge, accept and embrace yourself as you are.
Dr. Tasha Eurich says of this, “The question ‘why’ sucks us into an unproductive, paralyzed state. It gets us into this victim mentality.”
These will all be discussed in seperate articles