Self awareness is a major part of personal development. You must pay attention to what you do on a daily basis and what you can and should improve upon. Self awareness is also a wonderful tool to learn more about you. When you become self aware, strengths and faults will begin to surface and you will be forced to reckon with them.
Combine email and your phone to facilitate your day. Use emails to remind yourself of things you have to do. Every night shoot off an email to yourself with the next day’s shopping list, appointment times and whatever other items you must remember. You can retrieve the emails right from your phone, the next day.
Schedule time for your personal development to make sure it does not get lost in the chaos of daily activities. Developing yourself takes effort and commitment and deliberately scheduling time for development activities gives them the importance they deserve. Whether you schedule short blocks or longer ones, the key is to make your personal development a documented priority.
Help others! Learn CPR and basic first aid skills through your local Fire Station or community center. By helping someone who is in danger or injured, you are also helping yourself. Helping someone will else give you a sense of pride, purpose, and inspiration. There’s a chance you could even save another person’s life, contributing to the fullness of your own life.
A self-help strategy for overcoming anxiety is to stop thinking in absolutes, using words like “never,” “always,” “must,” and so on. This type of distorted thinking results in unrealistic expectations, which cause you to put additional, excessive pressure on yourself. By defeating these cognitive distortions and putting thoughts into more realistic terms, you are less likely to overwhelm yourself with stress.
Keep chugging along. We’ve all heard of the little train that thought it could and of the tortoise that beat the hare in the race. Constantly working towards achieving a goal will eventually get us there. We just have to keep chugging or perhaps even crawling along and we will ultimately, reach our destination.
Do what you love. Most people think that going where the money is will help them reach their goals. This could not be furthest from the truth. The most successful people in the world became successful by doing what they love. Even if your personal goals are not career or money orientated, having something you are passionate about – even if it is only as a hobby – is the key to true happiness.
A really great way to be self aware is to document each and every day. Always keep a journal or notepad on you and write about what, in detail, has happened throughout that day. The more often you write, the more accurate your account will be. Look back and read over the diary often; things to be proud of or even ashamed of will begin to stand out over time. Work on what you don’t like and in the end you will be happy about your new attitude.