The Power of Being Self-aware

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Do you know yourself?

Self-awareness is a powerful thing. We are complex beings and despite the amount of time I have spent being me, I still discover new things about myself each day. Self-awareness does not come in an instant. You will need to spend time analyzing your actions and studying yourself.

Here’s a simple exercise to check if you are self-aware. Ask yourself these questions:

What is my personality type?
Am I an introvert or an extrovert?
What are my strengths?
What are my weaknesses?
What motivates me?
What excites me?

Now you may think, why do I need to study myself?

To excel in life, you need to know who you really are.

Once you know yourself, you’ll know how to motivate and empower yourself to do the things you should do. You’ll know what your strengths and weaknesses are. You’ll be able to identify the personality types you can work best with.

A simple way you can apply self-awareness in your life is in choosing your career. For instance, I’m an extrovert. I love meeting people and learning from them. My weaknesses are, I’m not very detail-oriented as I’m a big picture kind of person. I don’t like math. I tend to take a while when it comes to solving stuff. My strengths are public speaking, networking with people and I also enjoy anything that involves music and art. I don’t like routine. I enjoy doing something different everyday and learning new things.

I’m a nurse by profession and when I graduated college, I tried working as a nurse for a year. A nurse requires attention to detail because you can’t afford make a mistake. You’re dealing with peoples lives so it’s important that you check and recheck everything. I remember that before every shift I would pray that I wouldn’t make a mistake and everything would just go smoothly. Suffice to say, just a few months into working as a nurse, I had confirmed that it wasn’t the career for me. It required a lot of attention to detail, which is not my strength. And the work was routinary, which did not suit my personality type.

Now, I’m working full time as a real estate broker here in Cagayan de Oro City. The job requires that I meet and speak to a lot of people everyday. I don’t have to go to our office unless we have a board meeting. Everyday is different and I get to work on my own time. Since being a real estate broker involves meeting quotas, I need to think of creative ways to share our available listings to our clients. Being a real estate broker is the perfect fit to my personality type and strengths. Because this career fits me so well, I get to enjoy my job while making money.

Life is too short to be stuck in a job you hate or are not good at. When you choose a career that does not fit you, you’ll have to work twice as hard just to survive. But when your job is inclined to your strengths, then that, combined with a lot of hard work will allow you to soar to great heights. Think of the most successful people you know. Chances are, the career they have chosen is inclined to their natural strengths and personality type.

Self-awareness is a powerful thing. When you are self-aware, you open so many doors. You’ll know the opportunities to say yes to, and which ones to say no to.

So now let me ask you, do you know yourself?

If yes, good for you. You can now start applying what you know about you in your life so you can be on your way to becoming a success.

If no, perhaps it’s time to get to know you. Take a this Myers Briggs Personality Test. This can help you start to know yourself.

Go live a Truly Wealthy life!

-Alex

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