What is Self-Awareness?

March 12, 2019
What is Self-Awareness?

Are you totally honest with yourself?

Are you able to take a good look at who you are now and recognize where you could improve?

Unfortunately, not everyone is that lucky! But, there's hope in learning how one can improve their self-awareness.

And, even if we’re self-aware, our pride might still get in the way of us taking the steps we need to improve!

What is self-awareness?

Self-awareness might come across as too much of a “touchy-feely” subject for some. What does it really mean, anyway?

You might be thinking: “I don’t need to find myself, I’m not lost at all!”

Regardless, periodically checking in with yourself is a good idea. Especially in a world where it’s easy to get caught up and forget who you are and where you stand!

Let’s break it down.

What is awareness?

“Awareness” is all about paying attention.

How often do you find yourself running on autopilot? Scramming to finish all of your tasks by 5pm?

Again, in a world like this, it’s so easy to become unaware.

Here’s a little exercise: look up from the screen and scan the room you're in. Focus on the details. What do you notice? Do this same exercise during your commute.

I take the train to work, so I usually just pop in my headphones and ignore the environment around me.

Lately, I’ve been remedying that by doing the opposite. Becoming more aware of my environment and relying less on escaping it.

Paying attention is the first step. Don't escape this incredible world!

You’ll find that you’ll become better at reading people, adapting to sticky situations, and communicating effectively.

What is self-awareness?

Simple! It’s your ability to pay attention to yourself.

How often are you aware of your feelings, behaviors, or reactions?

Throughout the day, try your best to tap into how you’re feeling, your thoughts, and how you present yourself to the world.

Do you find that you have a lot of negative head trash? Are you expressing yourself in an authentic way? What are your observations?

I like to explain self-awareness as an out-of-body experience. Sort of as if you’re peering through a bird’s eye view focused specifically on you!

Be Honest with Yourself

This is key – but everyone struggles with it! Even the brutally honest type.

We all tend to look at others before we look at ourselves.

Allow yourself to change that and take a good look at who you are, instead. This is the first step on the path towards self-improvement!

Maybe you view yourself as a reliable person but in reality, you struggle to honor your word.

Remember: being honest about your weaknesses is different from being ruthlessly self-critical. Don’t overwhelm yourself with negativity. Treat yourself with some compassion!

Look at your weaknesses as opportunities.


Success in life, work, and relationships stems from understanding and having a sense of self – of deeply comprehending who you are, what you do, and how you do it.

The research-based, validated TTI Success Insights assessment we use measures behaviors in five behavioral dimensions using the DISC theory, first developed by William Moulton Marston.

Click here or on the image below to get your insights today!

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