Power of Growth Part 6: Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.” Mandy Hale
By Lorraine Morris
Our journey to date has been around developing a mindset of growth and learning, to develop such, one needs to make a conscious decision to step up to the mirror and take responsibility for the person that they see in the mirror.
One of my favourite songs by the late Michael Jackson has a verse that says, “I’m starting with the man in the mirror, I’m asking him to change his ways, and no message could have been any clearer, If you want to make the world a better place, Take a look at yourself, and then make a change”.
So, over the next few weeks we are going to spend time igniting and unleashing the potential that we see when we look into our eyes in the mirror, so let’s start this journey with a trip down Self Awareness!
Remember the first person that you lead is that person you see in the mirror daily.
You may ask, what is Self-Awareness? It is really our ability to think about and accurately recognise our feelings, by understanding our feelings, this enables us to make informed decisions, know what we need to succeed and helps us understand how our emotions affect our behaviours.
It is also about identifying our strengths and limitations, values, and motives. It is the ability to be honest with ourselves – these all speak to our internal self-awareness.
There is also external self-awareness which refers to how people view us but this we will speak more of at a later stage.
A starting point of understanding how self-aware we are starts by us taking time to understand the computer between our ears (our brain), and also we need to learn what makes us do and act the way that we do.
In previous weeks, I have shared 2 insights to the brain i.e., no two brains are the same and also that the brain hardwires everything it can, these two insights are important as I would like to remind you that only you can live your life to the fullest, only you can mould it into anything you would like but the saddest thing is that at times we ignore taking a deep reflection into our inner selves and instead prefer to look at the grass that we think is greener on the other side.
So what are the tips that I would like you to consider to become more self-aware:
1. Write down what you believe are your strengths and what are your areas of development i.e., your weaknesses (Do a personality test)
2. Practice your moment-by-moment awareness – i.e., become more mindful
3. Ask your trusted friends and family for feedback
So… that is it for this week… Have a Self-Aware week, remember you can change only if you want to!
Lorraine Morris is Co-Founder Musikana Foundation – firstname.lastname@example.org Instagram @musikanafoundation
Revive and Thrive Hub – email@example.com Instagram @reviveandthrivehub
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