“When we deny the Story, it defines us.
When we own the story, we can write a brave new ending. “
– Brene Brown
No two people will see the same situations in the same light, no two people have the same story. It is important to know the path from which you have come and the path on which you are on. It may be leading you in an undesirable direction.
When you are aware of the path, you are able to choose it or change it. That is the beauty of self-awareness. The knowledge and ability to choose.
Daniel Goleman, world renowned psychologist and guru on emotional intelligence asserts that if your emotional abilities aren’t in check, if you lack self-awareness you will not be able to get very far.
Self-awareness is a skill, much like muscles, need a good work out in order to stay strong and flexible. If you choose not to use it, you will lose it. The good news is, it’s a skill that can be learnt and we can help improve it.
It’s where we start. Before you can make any changes in yourself you first need to know what you’re dealing with.
Consider practising some simple ways to flex your self-awareness muscles:
- With eyes closed, what sensations can I feel in my body right now?
- What thoughts are present?
- What emotions are present?
What am I wanting to do as a consequence of these thoughts and feelings?