Becoming more self-aware is crucial to start living the life you are supposed to live. Without self-awareness you do not know how to get on your purpose. Besides that, self-awareness is one of the key elements to living a happy and fulfilled life. Try to apply the next seven tips to become more self-aware.
The meaning of being self-aware
Self-awareness is having a clear perception of your personality, including your strength and weaknesses, your values and believes, your emotions and your motivations.
Being self-aware means that you know who you are, so that you can be in tune with yourself. When people become self-aware it is way easier for those people to build the perfect life for themselves, because they know who they are and what they want.
Becoming self-aware is a challenging yet exciting path to exploit. I will list 7 ways you can use to instantly become more self-aware.
1. Ask your environment to describe who you are.
Asking the people around you how they view you can be flattering and confronting at the same time. But that does not matter. If you ask your environment to describe you, you get a lot more perspective on who you are and how the world sees you.
The people who are most close to you will probably describe you the most accurate. So, dare to ask your family and best friends to describe you as a person. Some things they say about you will hit home and some maybe won’t.
They will probably also call out a few things which you do not identify yourself with. However, if multiple people say the same and you can see a pattern in it, you might need to analyze that about yourself.
Ask your environment to describe who you are, and you will become more self-aware.
2. Challenge yourself by doing uncomfortable things.
If you want to find your true self, challenge yourself by doing uncomfortable things. Stepping outside of your comfort zone will expose your strengths and weaknesses like no other. Knowing what your strengths and weaknesses are, is one of the most important aspects of self-awareness.
By challenging yourself by doing uncomfortable things you will eventually get into a space where you face a lot of resistance. In that moment you will find out way more about who you are and how you can push yourself.
Besides that, by challenging yourself by doing uncomfortable things you will also develop your self-discipline. If you want to become more self-disciplined, you can check out the blog post I wrote about 15 ways to develop self-discipline.
Meditating has many benefits. It can reduce stress and anxiety, it helps you to connect better, it improves your focus and reduces brain chatter. Guess what? All these things can be linked back to your self-awareness.
By meditating you become more aware of everything that is going on within you and around you. Through meditating you can develop your self-awareness in a totally different way than most of the other ways described in this post. Besides that, it does not have to take long. A short session of 10 minutes a day can already be really beneficial.
4. Keep a journal
Journaling is a way towards self-awareness that can bring all other paths towards self-awareness together. By journaling you can write about all the experiences you have, what makes you happy day in and day out, and what is frustrating you. Besides that, you can also write about working on your goals or whatever else is important to you.
You can write in a journal by using the same format every day or you can just ‘mind-dump’ in it 5 minutes a day. It does not have to be really extensive. Keeping a journal is all about writing along with your process and keeping your daily life in check.
Keeping a journal will also provide you an opportunity to look back on how far you have come. It makes your long-term process more tangible and this can provide you with motivation to keep going.
5. Try new experiences
Trying new experiences can be really exciting but they can also make you nervous or anxious. By trying out new experiences you can find out more about yourself, because you are stepping outside of your comfort zone. By experimenting with things you usually do not do, you will also find out more about yourself. You will find out which things you like to do and which things you dislike.
Try new experiences to find out more about your interests and which things are joyful to you.
6. Write about your past, present and future
Writing about your past, present and future will make you understand where you came from, how that made you the person you are today, and where you want to go to. The process of writing about your past, present and (ideal) future makes you more self-aware.
Besides becoming more self-aware because of this, it will also help you order your thoughts and ideas about who you are and where you want to go. Jordan B Peterson made a program that will support the process of writing about your past, present and future. I highly advice you check it out, it is called the ‘Self Authoring Suite’.
7. Find out what gives you energy and what drains your energy
By finding out what gives you energy you can understand more about yourself. Things that give you energy are things that are joyful to you and give you a meaningful feeling.
By finding out what drains your energy you also learn more about yourself. Things that drain your energy in a bad way are usually things that are not aligned with who you are or what you like to do/achieve.
Try to link this with the fifth way I shared in this blog: journaling. Keep daily account of what you did that day. What did give you energy and what drained your energy? Do that for a few weeks. Then, start cutting out the things that drain your energy and put more time into the things that give you energy.