Self-Awareness is the first component of intrapersonal intelligence. To maximize your potential, you need to first know what you have the potential to do. A lot of people don’t have a clear and accurate knowledge of themselves and what they can do, so they are moving to-and-fro in life!
Yes it’s true that you know the top 10 successful business people in the world; the top 10 celebrities in the world; the top 10 richest people in the world; the top 10 investors in the world. You have read about them, you have heard about them and you have listened to their programs. But do you know yourself? Your first step to bring the best in you is to develop self-awareness. It is to know the great potential in you and to bring it out! It is know yourself!
Daniel Goleman, the bestselling author of “Emotional Intelligence” made it clear that self-awareness is the first skill set that makes up emotional intelligence. In his research and book, he showed that successful leaders in the world first of all have levels of self-awareness.
Self-awareness is the ability to recognize and know your beliefs, thoughts, emotions, strength, weakness and your sense of worth. Oprah Winfrey said, “You become exactly what you believe and is not just your shadow beliefs but your subconscious beliefs.” In order words, self-awareness helps you to recognize the subconscious beliefs and thoughts ruling your life, so you can make changes to them and change your life!
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According to Daniel Goleman’s research, self-awareness has three components: emotional awareness, accurate self-assessment and self-confidence. The more you know your emotions, beliefs and thoughts, the more accurate knowledge you develop about your strengths and weaknesses. And the more you know your strengths and weaknesses, the more confidence you will be about your life and in doing what you do best!
To know yourself and discover the treasures within you, take time and engage in self-reflection. Use the following questions as yardstick in making your personal reflection.
1. Who am I?
2. Where am I in life?
3. What on earth am I here for?
4. What am I capable of doing?
5. Where am I going to or what is my destiny?
These five questions will help you know yourself better and to unleash the potential within you. They will help you to develop self-awareness and live a more successful and happy life!
Written by Francis Sabutey,
Content Writer & Content Marketer,