Post Updated on December 27, 2019
If you were asked in an interview what your greatest strength is, how likely are you to say self-awareness? It probably wouldn’t be the first thing to cross your mind, even if you consider yourself to be a self-aware person. The thing is that most people don’t realize how truly valuable it is to possess such a trait. Self-awareness is totally underrated.
If you have the conscious knowledge of your own character, feelings, motives, and desires, you’re basically an unstoppable force, my friend. Self-awareness may just be the most powerful weapon you can have in life, but so many people brush it aside or don’t realize how incredible of a gift it is.
Why is self-awareness so powerful?
Because it helps you set and achieve your goals, make sound decisions, improve your people skills and relationships, and cultivate a sense of inner peace. Self-awareness can help you get anywhere you want in life as long as you know how to use it to your advantage.
I would bet that the majority of my blog readers are self-aware individuals (shout out to the self-aware fam), and I think it’s important that we take a moment to recognize all of the reasons why embracing our self-awareness is totally and 100% necessary.
10 Reasons Why Self-Awareness Is Your Greatest Asset
1. You know your strengths and weaknesses.
You know what you’re good at, so you play up those strengths and develop them even further. You accept your shortcomings and take the time to learn from them rather than dwelling on them. You’re realistic in the way you approach your goals and the steps you need to take to reach them.
2. You’re conscious of your emotions and how you react to them.
Being completely aware of what you’re feeling at any given time is mad important. You understand why you’re feeling a certain way, you accept it, and you decide how you want to react to that feeling. You know it’s your decision to let it overwhelm you, embrace it as a lesson, or to just let it go.
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3. You know what motivates you.
You know that searching around for inspiration probably won’t get you up and at ’em. You realized long ago that it’s up to you to make the decision to start, and that it’s up to you to motivate yourself. Sure, it helps to get a little pep talk from the big guys (for me, it’s Casey Neistat), but ultimately you’re the only one who can get yourself in the right mindset.
4. You’re aware of how you come across to others.
Have you ever met someone who was just so blissfully unaware of how their actions and attitude affect others? It’s frustrating to say the least. As a self-aware individual, you pay attention to how others react to you and you can adjust your behavior to be appropriate to any situation. You’re flexible and adaptable, but that doesn’t mean you’re a pushover.
5. You know what your values are.
You know what you will and won’t tolerate. You set boundaries for yourself and won’t let yourself or anyone else cross the line. You won’t settle for anything less than the best. You’re a regular Ron Swanson.
6. You trust your intuition.
“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.” – Albert Einstein
If you listen to Jess Lively’s podcast, you know how important trusting your intuition is. Your intuition is that gut feeling that tells you when you are on the right track and when you’re not. Has your gut feeling ever really been wrong? Think about it. When your self-awareness game is strong, you know it’s your best bet to trust what your intuition is telling you about decisions, situations, and people.
7. You notice when you have unkind thoughts.
Whether you’re being unkind to yourself or others, you recognize this and make an effort to change the way you think. You may not be positive all the time (let’s face it, who is?), but you sure know how to get yourself into a positive mindset.
8. You understand that your perspective frames your beliefs.
You recognize that your beliefs, values, thoughts, and actions are there because of your life experiences and what you’ve allowed to influence you. You understand that this is the same for everyone else, and therefore you understand that there is more than one way to see or do something. You are accepting and respectful of those with differing opinions, and you know that what works for you might not work for others and vice versa.
9. You know what you need to change.
“You have to audit who you actually are because then you’re not going to bullshit yourself.” – Gary Vaynerchuk
If things don’t seem to be going the way you might have hoped, you know it’s up to you to change something. Whether it’s the direction you’re headed or just the method you’re using to get there, you take inventory of what’s been working and what hasn’t – and then you try something new. You also notice when you’re being completely unproductive, so you do something about it.
10. You’re mindful of your actions.
You act with purpose because you know your strengths, you stick to your values, and you trust your intuition. Basically, you use all of the traits mentioned in this post to help guide you in whatever you do. You’re a baller and a shot caller. Boom.
Do you think self-awareness is your greatest asset? Let us know in the comments!