Self-awareness for successful self –management

By, Kathy Shabotynskyj & Nafije Prishtina

What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.

Abraham Maslow

The greatest benefit to being self aware is helping us stay in control of ourselves, our emotions and thoughts. Just like the moon goes through different phases, we go through different life phases as well.  We experience ups and downs and we must stay self-aware and be responsible for self management of our energy and our actions while keeping ourselves centered.

One very important attribute to be aware of is learning to identify personally stressful situations and how to respond to them. Self-monitoring is one strategy for increasing awareness such as keeping daily records of personal stressors (internal and external stressors.) Once a person is aware of stress-producing stimulation and responses, the next step is to learn new coping skills such as; 1. Improving diet and increasing exercise. Exercise training appears to increase resistance to stress. 2. Other coping skills include relaxation training, learning time management skills, and changing thoughts.

Two ways to cope with stress include Positive Emotion Coping and Problem Solving Coping. Problem Solving Coping involves taking actions to manage a problem that is causing you stress and Positive Emotion Coping involves talking to someone, taking a walk or finding a healthy outlet for dispelling extra energy.  Another option to develop greater self-awareness is by practicing mindfulness meditation. Author of Mindful Meditation, Jon Kabat Zinn explains that mindfulness is a way of paying attention to what is happening in the present moment in a non-judgmental manner. Mindfulness is a skill that develops slowly over time; it teaches us how to be more self-aware and less reactive to negative events or stimuli. One last idea, a tool to help build self-awareness, to keep control and propel your intentions is journaling.  This ritual can revolutionize your mindset, transform your heart and influence your life exponentially.

Think about what you are doing to build your self-awareness and make room for new initiatives in 2019. Consider working with a Life Coach or Career Coach to help you accomplish your goals and overcome any challenges that are keeping you from shining fully and realizing your goals! Enjoy each phase of your day and your life. 

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