Self awareness is a major part of personal development. You must pay attention to what you do on a daily basis and what you can and should improve upon. Self awareness is also a wonderful tool to learn more about you. When you become self aware, strengths and faults will begin to surface and you will be forced to reckon with them.
Try using affirmations to make yourself see how great you really are. Repeating phrases like “I am strong,””I believe in myself,” “I am healthy,” etc. can really help you feel better about the kind of person you feel you are. It really helps increase your self-worth and personal strength to achieve your goals.
Influence your moods with food. Eat more complex carbs to help curb anxiety. To increase your alertness, add more protein and foodsd rich in essential fatty acids. White fish and salmon are great foods for this. To lift your spirits, add foods like turkey, lettuce and salmon to benefit from the protein and naturally-occuring tryptophan.
Enlist the help of a homeopathic remedy for situational upsets. A relationship breakup or death of a loved one can send your emotions into a tail-spin. This sometimes results in a depressive response, called situational depression. A homeopathic remedy, Ignatia amara, is derived from the Saint Ignatiur bean and helps dissolve feelings of grief or hysteria.
Make a list of your strongest qualities and most desirable traits, then pick one and improve upon it as much as possible. Do you enjoy teaching other people to learn new skills? Consider taking non-credit courses or attending seminars that can teach you how to become a more effective leader and communicator.
If you have problems with feelings of anxiety, take some time to examine them. Use the five W’s to sort out who, what, where, when, why you are anxious. Once you have identified your triggers, you will be able to start getting a handle on how you can manage your fears.
Don’t fall into the trap of believing that you know everything there is to know about any subject. Remind yourself that you need to always be learning and growing to develop your spiritual, emotional, and physical self. Acknowledge that you really know little in this life, but that you can keep trying to learn every day.
Keeping positive influences in your life will keep you working harder at your personal development plan. If your best friend is a couch potato who needs a job, a life, and a shower then you are either going to be influenced into the same life style or dragged down because of it. Surround yourself more with successful role models and people who will recognize your commitment to personal development, this will encourage you more and constantly remind you of why and how you want to improve yourself.
A really great way to be self aware is to document each and every day. Always keep a journal or notepad on you and write about what, in detail, has happened throughout that day. The more often you write, the more accurate your account will be. Look back and read over the diary often; things to be proud of or even ashamed of will begin to stand out over time. Work on what you don’t like and in the end you will be happy about your new attitude.