Self-awareness. Defined as being able to look at yourself in a mirror and not lie that, even though you cannot see it, there’s something there. You’re actually something different than what is reflected on that mirror.
Self-awareness: to see inside your own soul, to be able to recognize your faults and mistakes, and to assume responsibility for them.
Self-awareness is in short supply in today’s society. No one tells you how important it is, no one teaches you that it’s the one thing that will enable you to grow. That the disgust you feel about who you’ve become cannot be escaped, it has to be overcome by becoming a better version of yourself.
What actually happens?
People lie to themselves. They become delusional. They come up with a lot of excuses why they are not where they want to be and they are not having what they way to have. They put the blame on all sorts of external factors, and in the end, it’s just that we, the rest of the world, don’t really understand.
“Yeah, but you don’t understand…”
In the land of the blind… the one eyed man is king.
Plenty of blind people around. Do you want to be one of them?
It’s true, you will undoubtedly refuse to see certain flaws, certain faults, which is why you’ll be one eyed, but it’s certainly better than being blind: to your mistakes, to your responsibilities, to your flaws, to what you realistically can or cannot do.
I believe that self-awareness is a sort of secret weapon. Few people care about it, and it’s frustrating how its lack influences personal growth and success and even being a decent human being.
It is said that the only ones who gossip are those who have nothing interesting going on in their lives. They like to watch other people live, and then comment on that… like you would do a movie or tv show.
For instance, I’ve become acutely aware of how important energy is when it comes to being productive. And energy is not only influenced by how much sleep you get, but also by the foods you eat, whether or not you exercise, and, in turn, that influences your mental state and determines how productive you are.
Most people sleepwalk through life and never ask themselves what’s wrong…
That’s just an example. There are a million things you can change, a million things to notice. Your brain ignores 99.99% of the information it receives from its nerves. We only notice a small fraction of the world around us, so we must be careful what we choose to see and what it means, especially when looking into a mirror or into our own soul.
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