Self-awareness: Some people become victims of their feelings and thoughts. How can developing self-awareness change victim thinking to action thinking?
Self-awareness is knowing and understanding how our feelings and thoughts occur inside our own mind and body. Furthermore, this knowledge and understanding can show us effective ways to act on the things that trigger the way we see and respond to the world.
The Negatives of Lacking Self-Awareness
In response to pain from the past, present, or future experiences, we often turn our focus on what’s happening in our mind and in our body. We have a sensation of lack of control over our circumstances. We don’t focus on solutions. Instead, we turn painful thoughts over and over in our mind.
The most difficult thoughts are those about things beyond our control. By focusing on our faults, we add to the frustration and fear that we experience. When these feelings become intense enough, they blind us to options and solutions. We feel trapped.
The Benefits of Self-Awareness
On the other hand, people who are self-aware know that feelings happen inside themselves. They turn their focus away from their feelings and thoughts and toward the world around them. These people live in the present moment. They don’t think about the past or the future. Additionally, they trust that however things turn out, they have the ability to develop to tools to deal with them. In short, they have confidence and know freedom from fear and frustration.
Relationships: A Higher Level of Self-Awareness
Furthermore, people with self-awareness are available and engaged with others. They have a higher capacity to listen and a greater capacity to respond appropriately.
Self-awareness empowers people to be more successful leaders and better friends. They realize the effect their actions have on the people around them.
Furthermore, people who are aware of how their actions affect other people become more effective in motivating others, in changing public opinion, and have the potential to direct large masses.