Self Awareness is having an insightful understanding of our personality, values, tendencies, needs, and beliefs. It is the process of analyzing our thoughts, beliefs, tendencies, and emotions to help us to determine our values and principles. Acting on this knowledge allows us to reach our fullest potential and to become self-actualized.
Self awareness empowers the discovery process by enabling us to step away and examine the way we “see” ourselves. As you develop self awareness, you are able to change your thoughts which in turn allow you to change your emotions, and ultimately change your actions.
“What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.” ~Abraham Maslow
Self Awareness happens through reflection. You can have numerous experiences in your life, but still lack self awareness. You need to take the time to step outside of your experiences and reflect on them.
Self-awareness is about knowing and understanding:
Key areas for self-awareness include our personality traits, personal values, habits, emotions, and psychological needs. The following Personal Identity Workshops helps you discover your personal attributes, values, needs, and tendencies. Without conscious modification, most of these remain fairly constant throughout your life.
“People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains, at the huge waves of the seas, at the long course of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and yet they pass by themselves without wondering.” – St. Augustine