What kind of person are you? What kind of person do you want to be? These two questions are the foundation of self-awareness. They are broad questions with many possible answers. To better help you understand yourself, start by examining your answers to these ten key questions.
1. What kind of person do I want to be today?
2. What activities make time fly by for me?
3. What activities do I participate in that make me proud of myself, regardless of the outcome?
4. What situations make me feel upset, and what do they have in common?
5. What keeps me focused when I feel overwhelmed?
Self-awareness involves knowing what makes you happy or sad, and what motivates you the most. Inc. magazine states that leaders ask themselves these five motivational questions every day. These questions help you understand yourself and how to stay focused on your goals.
Every day, you have a choice of who you will be. Do you plan to start the day off happy, confident, and ready to take on the world? Or do the obstacles you’re facing make you want to go back to bed and forget the day entirely? No matter how you plan to meet the day, your day will still contain the same situations, obstacles, and challenges. Deciding on how you want to face the day makes all the difference in how you will handle it.
Self-esteem and self-awareness come from knowing what makes you happy and proud of yourself. Ask yourself what activities you enjoy so much that doing them makes the time pass quickly. To understand how to be your best self, engage in activities that bring you peace and joy. Thinking about the actions that make you proud of yourself helps you understand what motivates you.
During struggles in life, you need self-awareness to help overcome obstacles. Consider what situations make you upset and what they have in common. Does your work, a particular person, or a specific activity upset you? How do you stay focused when you are involved in many different things? The answers to these questions help you be aware of things about yourself that you may need to strengthen or improve.
6. Do people ask for my advice?
7. Am I always the one inviting people to events, or do people always invite me?
8. Do I ask for help when I need it?
Relationship counselors know that stable relations are only possible when people are aware of themselves and how they interact with others. Are you confident and knowledgeable enough to give other people advice? Do they seek you out for help? Are you always the one organizing and asking people to events, or do they always ask you? Your answers to these questions might surprise you. Self-awareness includes knowing not only yourself but how you are perceived by other people. If other people see you differently than you see yourself, it’s time to consider if you behave like the person you want to be.
The world is full of millions of people. Throughout life, you will meet people who can help and support you in reaching your goals. You need to be self-aware enough to know when you need help and how to accept it. If you don’t build effective relationships, you won’t have the support to improve.
9. Am I physically healthy?
10. If I knew this was the last day of my life, would I be doing the same things today?
Psychologists explain that the mind-body link is crucial to well-being. Your future depends, in part, on how self-aware you are of your health and the steps you take to be and stay healthy. Good health frees you from worry about illness, gives you energy, and reduces stress. It allows you to focus on other areas of your life instead of directing energy to ailments or physical limits of poor health.
Imagine your life will end tonight. Who would you call or visit? How would you spend your time? Would you use the day to pamper yourself or do something you’ve never done before? The question of how you would spend your last day helps make you self-aware of what you value and how you want to live your life. If you aren’t doing those things today, it’s time reconsider how you spend your time.
Asking yourself the ten key questions to boost self-awareness helps you determine how to live a better life. The answers show you what you value and can lead you to make positive changes.