When you think of the life you want, what do you see? Do you see certain career attainment, financial stability, travel, setting your own schedule? Now, what steps do you imagine yourself taking to ensure that you arrive at that destination. What obstacles you imagine getting in the way on your path to success?
Do you allow those obstacles to make or break your determination to reach your goals?
If you answered ‘yes’ to the last question, you are playing a loser’s game. Allowing any sort of external obstacle to dictate your success is a surefire way to ensure that you will fail. In order to be successful and to be in control of your own success, you must be self-aware.
Self-awareness involves looking inward to determine where your own assumptions and biases have led you toward failure.
If you practice self-awareness, you are able to recognize when your own thought processes are standing in your way.Instead of blaming failure on external factors such as the economy, the government, your boss, or any other outside force, you use introspection to guide the assessment of your failures.
Practicing self-awareness means that you are always in control of your own success. Your success will not be a factor of what is going on in the world around you, but rather your success will be a factor of your ability to conceptualize, plan, execute, and most importantly, make adaptations where necessary.
If you are self-aware, you accept responsibility for your choices, celebrate your successes, and really learn from your failures. The most successful people are those that acknowledge how their own decisions led them astray, rather than using external factors as scapegoats for their failures.
Self-awareness gives you control. Self-awareness gives you power. Self-awareness provides a mechanism by which you can reflect upon your own decisions in order to gauge when and where things went right or wrong. You can’t change the economy; you can’t change the thought processes of your boss. You can only change yourself and your actions.
Being self-aware allows you to acknowledge your part in your failures so that you can make changes and turn them into successes. Self-awareness is the winner’s game.