Gretchen Rubin said ” Self awareness is a key to self-mastery “
” Many leadership problems are driven by low self awareness ” Bill Hybels
Knowing oneself has become all the more important in today’s world.
Knowing oneself has also become increasingly difficult.
But why is it becoming increasingly difficult ?
Reason being people have become fragile in complex environment and ego and preserving self has become all the more important.
And , it is the smartness of mind and ego which does not allow us to become aware of our own shortcomings and drive improvement.
Being self aware is first step to drive self improvement.
Without being aware of our shortcomings and accepting it,
how can we drive improvement
Have you ever listened to your body, mind and soul.
What they speak ?
What are they going to tell you every moment ?
It is called awareness of the self.
What are your personality strengths and improvement areas ?.
This is the first start to know yourself more and better
With self awareness starts the journey of improvement
Improving self awareness will allow you to be more present in current moment, you will have extra time in same time , your intuition and sixth sense will improve, and you will be able to do more in less time.
You will understand things in better and clear way.
Now, how can Self awareness be improved ?
Self awareness can be improved with a balanced and calm mind which has the ability to focus on self without any biases and without any need to judge and act in prejudice way.
We can also understand our behaviour by observing our behaviour in difficult situations
What are the situations we tend to avoid and why we don’t want to face them ?
how to we react during tough situations?
These observations will improve self awareness
Another way of improving self awareness is feedback.
Try to collect feedback from friends, family members and mentors.
Allow them to give you honest feedback and not challenging back what they say and simply saying Thank you
Reading self help books can also go a long way in improving self awareness.
One day Buddha was walking with a disciple.
A fly sat on his head.
He was talking to the disciples and without paying much attention,
mechanically, he moved his hand and the fly went away.
Then he stopped, closed his eyes.
The disciples could not understand what was happening, but they all became silent-something precious was happening
His face became luminous, and he raised his hand slowly, and again moved it near his forehead as if the fly were still sitting there- it was not there anymore.
The disciples asked, What are you doing ? The fly is no longer there
He said, but now I am moving my hand consciously.
I missed an opportunity of being conscious.
I was too much engaged in talking with you and the hand simply moved mechanically.
It should have moved consciously.
Now I am moving it as it should have moved.
That is what Buddha means to become so alert that even small acts, even small gestures, movements all become full of awareness.
“Self Awareness is the beginning of your journey to live a fulfilled life” – Anupam Shrotary