WEEK NINE - AWARENESS
Awareness is important for a number of reasons. It helps us understand ourselves, our needs and desires and also, helps us to better connect with those around. This issue is extra important, especially in times of hardship or uncertainty, because the more you know, the more you can grow! So, take this as a sign to really get to know yourself, being aware is one very powerful tool. Read on for tips and advice on awareness, and products to try right now!
GET IN TOUCH WITH HOW YOU PERCEIVE YOURSELF WITH THIS SELF-AWARENESS CHALLENGE.
Pretend like you are describing yourself to another person but don’t mention anything about the external things in your life. Aka your friends, family, and things. Focus on only yourself. Describe how you feel, how you behave and recognize some of your strengths, and discover some of your weaknesses. Can you explore your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors?
Having a clear understanding of your thoughts and behavior patterns allows you to understand other people. This ability will enable you to have better and more profound personal and professional relationships. It is so easy to find yourself lost in irrational thoughts and beliefs. Living out our internal dramas can affect how we perceive ourselves and, consequently, determine our feelings and actions. From there, a relationship can become emotional turbulence. When you can alter your mind's understanding of what you think, you can then shift your emotions and change your relationships' emotional quality.
SELF-AWARENESS, HOW IMPORTANT IS IT?
When we have a good understanding of ourselves, we can experience ourselves as unique and separate individuals. We are empowered to make changes and build on our areas of strength and identify areas where we would like to improve. Self-awareness is the first step to goal making. Being aware of what you are good at also allows you to know the areas you need to learn. This includes admitting when you don't know or have the answer and owning up to mistakes.
This can feel counterintuitive in our extremely competitive culture. Many of us live our lives believing that we must seem as though we know everything all of the time, or people will question our abilities and judge us. Being honest with yourself, you will admit and learn that the opposite is true. Acknowledging your weaknesses or not, people will still see them. Why conceal them? Those who cover weakness often unintentionally expose them and create a lack of integrity and self-awareness.
Our takeaway: take time to really understand yourself.
THE JOHARI WINDOW
LEARN THE FOUR BASIC FORMS OF SELF TO DISCOVER YOUR TRUE SELF.
The Johari Window allows us to look at ourselves from many angles and provide us with basic forms. It is a method that encourages people to understand their relationship with themselves and others better. Created by psychologists Joseph Luft (1916–2014) and Harrington Ingham (1916–1995) in 1955, the Johari Window is practiced fundamentally in self-help groups and corporate settings as a heuristic exercise.
The Known Self: What you and others see in you. This is the part that you can discuss with others freely. Most of the time, you agree with this view.
The Hidden Self: What you see in yourself, but others don't. This is where you hide very private things about yourself and don't want this information to be disclosed for protection reasons. Perhaps, you could be ashamed or feel vulnerable having your faults and weaknesses exposed. This can also apply to your good qualities, however. You could be shy and or be protecting these qualities due to modesty.
The Blind Self: What you don't see in yourself, but others see in you. You might think you're dumb, and others might believe your brilliant. In this area, people can have a body-language mismatch.
The Unknown Self: What you and others can't see in yourself. There might be both good and bad elements that are out of your awareness. This could refer to your untapped potential talent and skills.
THE AWARENESS GAME
IMPROVE YOUR AWARENESS (AND BASKETBALL SKILLS!) WITH THIS DIY
With March Madness here, and awareness on the mind, we thought this fun “awareness game” by Brain Games would be interesting to try! And it was! So, we had to share. Check out the video below.