Dear friend, Happy New Year! Wishing you a year filled with all the things you treasure most and a year filled with all the happiness and love you deserve.
Have you ever wondered why global history always repeats itself?
It is because we human beings keep repeating the same old patterns and behaviors. We crave peace and personal fulfillment but cannot see how we ourselves are preventing it. They are so many of us go through life “sleepwalking.”
Break a monotonous pattern today, and you will open yourself up to entirely new possibilities.
I am of the view that we are at the point in humanity’s evolution when we are being called upon to evaluate and re-evaluate all aspects of our lives.
To get a clear understanding of self-awareness, it’s a good idea to first understand awareness. So what is awareness? Simply put, awareness is our capacity to notice things. We may be aware of the time or aware of a particular situation – we may notice that we are late or that someone is watching us. Being aware of such things means we have taken note of them. This is awareness. That being said, would you agree that in order to change anything, you must first become aware of what it is?
So, what is Self-awareness? While awareness is our ability to take note; self-awareness is our ability to take note of ourselves. How often have you found yourself in the morning getting dressed for work or some other appointment, and your mind is somewhere else, perhaps thinking about the traffic on the road or what you plan to do when you reach your workplace?
When we turn our awareness on ourselves, we may become conscious of a great deal of internal activity. We may notice specific thoughts or thought patterns. We may notice particular emotions or flows of energy. We may awaken to physiological processes happening in our body such as heartbeat, heat, sweating. We may notice intuitions or gut feelings.
The world of the self is rich and fascinating and we are privileged to possess the ability to actually enjoy all of this consciously. Our capacity for awareness is what makes this possible. Self-awareness is the ultimate enabler. Without living knowledge of ourselves (which is another definition of self-awareness) there would be no hope for conscious, positive change. Thanks to awareness we can take a good look at ourselves and our lives and see what is working for us and what isn’t. This awareness plants the seeds of change in our subconscious mind. It plants in us the drive and motivation to choose to do things differently.
The motivation for breaking bad habits, for example, comes from an awareness of the detrimental effects the bad habit is having on our lives. The self-motivation to change also comes from a vivid awareness of what we want for ourselves and our future, and a lucid recognition that we simply won’t be able to have it if we don’t leave our bad habits behind.
With self-awareness we can monitor the negativity inside us and prevent it from getting the better of us. In breaking bad habits, self-awareness can help ensure that we are being hard on our habits instead of being hard on ourselves. It can also help us work with the body mind connection to reduce damaging stress. The more self-aware we become, the more power we have to create positive change in our lives.
I will leave you with this wonderful quote from Goethe the German poet, playwright, novelist, scientist, statesman, theatre director, critic, and amateur artist, considered the greatest German literary figure of the modern era.
“Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness, concerning all acts of initiative (and creation).
There is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred.
A whole stream of events issues from the decision, and meetings and material assistance which no person could have dreamed would have come his/her way.
Whatever you can do or dream you can begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
Begin it now.”
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Until next time, make this a week one in which you are living your life to the fullest.
With appreciation and gratitude
Nigel St. Hill is an author and a life coach helping women who are ready to discover their path to love, happiness, success and abundance , so that they could live the life of their dreams. He is the founder of http://www.moneyandabundance.com and author of the book, Money Management Caribbean Style and several ebooks including 12 Secrets to Creating Money and Abundance Caribbean Style, 8 Money Management Secrets for Caribbean Women, Creative But Practical Ways to Save money, 8 Simple Ways to Live a Healthy Abundant Lifestyle, 9 Types of Relationships That Don’t Work and 7 Steps To Becoming An Empowered Single Woman