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There is a difference between Self-esteem and Self-Awareness

        Self awareness is a building block (precursor) for achieving Self-esteem and Self-Confidence. Self Awareness involves a clear perception of your personality including a list of strengths, weaknesses, thoughts, beliefs, motivation, and emotions. Self-awareness assists in the ability to understand how people perceive your attitude and responses.

        Having clarity about who you are and what you want to accomplish, empowers you to consciously take proactive steps to make those desires become a reality instead of unfulfilled dreams. If you constantly get “entangled” in your own dreams, soap opera dramas, and fantasies means you retreat into an alternate reality to avoid real life situations. If this describes you, seek professional counseling.

Self-awareness is associated with our recognition of our personality, strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes. Developing self-awareness provides us with a tool to help us recognize when we are under stress or pressure to perform to the expectations others have of us. It is  helpful to understand there are differences in individual awareness as a basis for developing empathy for others. 

An individual's self-awareness is developed through the process of self-reflection that focuses your attention on the details of about yourself - strengths and weaknesses, what drives you, your personality, habits, and life values.  Your self-assessment needs to be honest. Feedback from others isn't always flattering, especially if it is an honest appraisal.

         Self-awareness is the first step towards acquiring management skills.  Self-awareness can improve our judgment and help us identify opportunities for professional development and personal growth.

        To become more self-aware, it is necessary to develop an understanding of ourselves. Areas that can be an expression of self-awareness include:
  • Personality.  Understanding our personality allows us to understand in which situations we will thrive, and those situations that are too stressful. 

  • Values.  Self-reflection allows an individual to learn about and focus on our personal values. When we focus on our values, we are more likely to accomplish what we consider most important.

  • Habits.  Most of our behaviors are repetitive and often automatically.  Ideally we hope our habits help us interact effectively with and manage others. Unfortunately some of our habits offend others and this tends to isolate us and decreases our effectiveness. 

  • Needs.  There are a variety of psychological needs that are responsible for our behaviors. Everyone tends to have needs to obtain affection, a feeling of belonging, achievement, self-actualization, recognition, power and control.  It is important to prioritize our needs and determine which one(s) exert the strongest positive and negative influence on our behavior. Needs cause motivation; and when needs aren't satisfied, they can cause frustration, conflict and stress.

  • EmotionsUnderstanding your own feelings, what causes them, and how they impact your thoughts and actions constitutes emotional self-awareness - one of the five facets of emotional intelligence.   A person with high emotional self-awareness understands the process associated with emotional experiences which provides the tools to control them. 

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Self Awareness - How self aware are you? Awareness is the first step in the creation process. As you grow in self awareness , you will better understand why you feel what you feel and why you  behave as you behave. That understanding then gives you the opportunity and freedom to change those things you’d like to change about yourself and create the life you want. Without fully knowing who you are, self acceptance and change become impossible

PDF  Developing Self Esteem and a Positive Attitude include being able to take risks, having   The rewards of developing self esteem and positive relationships, not being held back by fears and insecurities, pursuing our dreams and ambitions.

Self Awareness   Self Awareness is having a clear perception of your personality, including strengths, weaknesses, thoughts, beliefs, motivation, and emotions. Self Awareness allows you to understand other people, how they perceive you, your attitude and your responses to them in the moment.
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