By Brianna Siciliano
The definition of being self-aware is understanding your habits, behaviors, motivations, thought processes, emotional reactions, and personality. People who have great self-knowledge understand what their strengths, weaknesses, fears, passions, likes, dislikes, thoughts, feelings, core beliefs, talents, and desires are.
Developing self-awareness is an important skill to acquire. Imagine how confident you will feel once you finally know who you are, what you want to accomplish, and why certain actions are necessary. There is power in knowledge, and as you become more knowledgable about yourself, you will find yourself becoming more powerful and successful.
So, what do you need to do to learn more about yourself? Ask yourself questions! What types of people do you enjoy spending time with? Why do you enjoy their company? What traits do these types of people have that you enjoy the most? Do you love their intelligence? Curiosity? Open-minds? Senses of humor? Once you discover what you value the most about their presence, dig deeper and discover why their company is so valuable. Do you love having smart friends because of the topics you discuss? Do you love learning new things from your curious friends? Do you love to laugh at your company’s sense of humor? The further you dig, the more insight you will find.
When you are self-aware, you are able to build stronger relationships with your family and friends. “As you become more clear about who you really are, you’ll be better able to decide what is best for you the first time around” (Oprah Winfrey).