31 Jan Future Entrepreneurs: Self-Awareness
“Self-awareness” is often on trend in entrepreneurship, productivity, growth and the happiness that ensues.
So make time to check in, self-assess and take a breath! Over the last few days, we have been talking and posting about mental health with #BellLetsTalk (https://twitter.com/AkashaGarnier/status/1090729033120260102). This can help make metal health less of a stigma, and easier to acknowledge, discuss and treat.
Almost every entrepreneur or thought leader says that self-awareness is one of the keys to personal success. While that may be true — it’s by no means a new concept. Greek philosopher Aristotle, (384–322 BC) said: “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”
Sure, we get it, self-awareness (AKA knowing yourself) is important. It may also one of the most difficult things that you can master in life. Benjamin Franklin put it best: “There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self.”
Unfortunately, there’s no such thing as a universal answer to self-awareness. Everybody is different, and the only person that can teach you self-awareness is you.
Becoming More Self-Aware
We know that self-awareness is important, but how do you develop it? And, what’s the use?
One school of thought goes like this: Just live long enough and do a lot of stuff—eventually you will know yourself.
Alright, but what if that takes 60 years? I’m not impatient and I have no trouble waiting. But that approach is just too passive for me.
I feel you can accelerate the process of developing self-awareness by examining yourself consciously.
Start by answering these questions:
What am I good at?
What am I so-so at?
What am I bad at? (Is there a way I can delegate this?)
What makes me tired?
What is the most important thing in my life?
Who are the most important people in my life?
How much sleep do I need?
What stresses me out?
What relaxes me?
What’s my definition of success?
What type of worker am I?
How do I want others to see me?
What makes me sad?
What makes me happy?
What type of person do I want to be?
What type of friend do I want to be?
What am I doing for my mental health?
We’ll look more closely at these over the next few weeks.
Here’s one thing you can do to help your mental health: Get better sleep.
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Cheers & fair winds!
Akasha Garnier for The Wishwall
Author, Brand Expert, Filmmaker