Self-awareness is defined as “conscious knowledge of one’s own character, feelings, motives, and desires” (Oxford Languages).
I’ve always been very interested in understanding who I am, and how I relate to the world. This self-awareness has brought me on a really interesting journey, through the years. But, don’t just take it from me. Here are 6 reasons why self-awareness is important:
1 | GIVES YOU A SENSE OF DIRECTION
“You cannot change direction if you aren’t aware that you’re not headed where you want to go.” — John C. Maxwell
“There are many voices of counsel, but few voices of vision.” — Woodrow Wilson
2 | SHOWS YOU YOUR PASSIONS
What would you most love to do?
“You must have some kind of criteria for knowing if the desire you have matches the abilities you possess.” — John C. Maxwell
“Do you know the difference between what you want, and what you’re good at?
Do you know what drives you and what gives you satisfaction?
Do you know what your values and priorities are?”
— Warren Bennis
3 | YOU’RE EMPOWERED TO MAKE CHANGES
“Self-awareness is important because when we have a better understanding of ourselves, we’re able to experience ourselves as unique and separate individuals. We’re then empowered to make changes, and to build on our areas of strength, as well as identify areas where we’d like to make improvements.” — University of Warwick
4 | IT’S THE FIRST STEP IN GOAL-SETTING
Also, it’s the first step in changing your life by being aware of your habits.
“Self-awareness is being conscious of what you’re good at while acknowledging what you still have yet to learn.” — University of Warwick
5 | UNDERSTAND OTHERS
It’s easier, when you’re self-aware, to understand other people, and to detect how they perceive you in return.
6 | TRANSCEND EMOTIONS
“Self-awareness is a key component of emotional intelligence, with self-awareness being made up of emotional awareness, true self-assessment, and self-confidence. Understanding these elements can transcend your understanding of emotions, your personal strengths and weaknesses, and having a strong sense of your own worth.” — Mindowl.org
Would you add anything to this list?