Self-awareness is one of the most neglected keys to personal development. We often walk through life aimlessly, focusing on our amazing strengths but ignoring our internal weaknesses.
You can watch training video after training video and still end up falling on your face. Example: Imagine a nice, shiny car with a spotless interior and dressed tires that has no oil in the engine – most likely it won’t run. The same is true for you. We may have an amazing outer appearance, but on the inside there is emptiness.
The importance of self-awareness in your personal development
Personal development has to be a part of your daily routine. Write down your strengths and weaknesses. Acknowledge and prioritize them. You could be an amazing writer, but in front of a crowd you could freeze up and not even be able to speak. With that said, do you focus on getting better as a writer or do you focus on your weakness, speaking? You definitely should stay on top of your writing but work even harder on your confidence to speak.
We tend to constantly develop our strengths and ignore our weaknesses. If you are out of shape physically (which affects a dynamic range of things) you can spend 15 minutes giving yourself reasons why you can’t do it or just do a workout for 15 minutes.
It’s the little things you can work on, from the inside out, that will change your thinking dramatically.
I have a great friend who I know has the best intentions but every week seems to have an excuse as to why he couldn’t do something. The problem, I believe, was he was trying to accomplish so much that he lost interest too quickly. If he were to focus on that one weakness – following through with things – imagine what he could do. Perhaps he could finish those 30 unfinished projects?
We all deal with some type of weakness, but never want to face it because that’s where we are most vulnerable.
As of now I am working on one of my biggest struggles, time management. It’s a day by day process for me, but I know that I have to do it, and in the long run it will pay off.
“Your inner strength is your outer foundation”
“Your persistence determines your distance”
“A great life starts within”
― Malka Maxwell
“Good, capable individuals unconsciously and consciously guard and nurture themselves and their spirits every day in all sorts of choices, large and small. Just as their lives are never static, they are rarely if ever fractured. Their morals and ethics are never cut off from the whole of their evolving beings.”
― Donald Van de Mark
“You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.”
– Jim Rohn
“Be consistently consistent on growing spiritually, mentally, and physically every single day.”
– Bob Beckett
Self-Awareness – conscious knowledge of one's own character, feelings, motives, and desires.
“the process can be painful but it leads to greater self-awareness”