A woman journaling to cultivate self-awareness

What’s All the Chatter About Self-Awareness?

Self-awareness is the ability to objectively understand our own thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. It is hard to overestimate the importance of this quality, as well as the intentionality needed to be truly objective.

Most of us look subjectively at ourselves because we know our intentions are good, even when we don’t act on them. Seeing the same behavior in others, however, we judge more critically. We fail to give the same grace to others that we give to ourselves.

The ability to cultivate self-awareness has significant implications in our lives. It affects many areas, including faith, relationships, and business. But humility is a key that unlocks that ability to truly operate objectively. We must be willing to see the ugly along with the beautiful to transform.

Personal growth, spiritual development, meaningful connections, and professional success all increase when we learn to be objectively self-aware. It is a transformative journey that enriches every area of our lives.

Over the next few weeks, I will be talking with you about what self-awareness looks like in different areas of our lives. But for now, I encourage you to confront the discomfort of being intentionally vulnerable, and trust that the difference it will make is worth it.

Some of you may be asking, where do I start? Or… how do I start?

Several suggestions are to challenge yourself with a question such as

  1. How well do I listen to others?
  2. Am I a comfortable person to talk to?
  3. When angry, what is my default reaction?

You get the picture. Challenge yourself with something that an honest answer to the question could cause personal growth, which spills over into every other kind of growth. Then choose one or more of these methods to get to an honest answer:

  • Journaling (don’t edit, just let your thoughts flow freely)
  • Reflection exercises
  • Meditation
  • Prayer
  • Seeking honest feedback (from mentors or loved ones you trust)

Have fun with it! Be real. Be honest.

And I will see you soon when we talk about Self-Awareness in Relationships.

Enjoy the journey!

Brenda is a believer in impossible possibilities. In brokenness becoming beautiful. In justice and mercy and honor and power – with love perfecting them all. She is a wife, mom, mimi, daughter, and friend who also enjoys speaking, writing, and coaching.