What is self-awareness?
Imagine you were in some sort of a waiting area. It was quiet, you were mildly calm or just generally unaffected – maybe even enjoying a moment to yourself. You see a magazine that catches your attention. Pause: this is for another time BUT…what does that mean, ‘catches your attention’? What is your ‘attention’?
Anyway, back to the waiting area and the magazine. You begin to flip through the pages of the magazine and a self-quiz catches your eye – you are drawn to the design of the quiz, perhaps the colors or the font was appealing to you. Pause: this is for another post BUT…design. Design adds. Design contributes. Color, dimension, texture, space. What is design-thinking and how does it apply in your world? Home, work, community – is it relevant?
Back to the quiz in the waiting area. You notice the quiz and become curious, the first question asks: 1. Are you self-aware? Yes or No. Without hesitation you assume the answer is Yes.
What does it mean?
If you did pause and made a choice to be curious by asking the 2 questions…you just practiced the inherent skill of self-awareness.
I am certain that there is no greater skill to improve your general state of being: more satisfied, more in control, more creative, more open, more free, more (fill in the blank)…AND not just improvement BUT sustaining, lasting – leveling up on a regular basis – kind of improvement. Sustainable growth. Contributing growth.
Self-awareness can NOT be something that is missing and needs to be purchased or acquired by some external source or means. Oh no. Self-awareness exists inside – it lives in the invisible world along with attention, thinking, ideas, feelings, etc. Self-awareness lets the wizard in.
Self-awareness is so cool. So relevant. So general.
Self-awareness is THE skill that allows for disruption.
When you can slow down enough to observe patterns, thoughts, pattern of thoughts – the thinking that may be contributing to a story that no longer serves you…a limiting story, a story that is no longer relevant, a story that is lacking or may be harmful in some way – when you can slow down and observe the story you tell, you can disrupt the story you tell.
Practice tip: When possible, choose curious. (hint – ask questions to yourself in a curious way – do the best you can without comparing, assuming right/wrong, or criticizing yourself or another).