Self awareness is an important part of everyday life. It transfers over to your personal, social, physical and work life. It can help one gain a better understanding of themselves, and how to live a better, and more fulfilling life. When working to deepen one’s own self awareness, it is important to fully engage yourself. One should take the time and proper steps, to fully become self aware.
With the Deepening Self Awareness course, you will learn how beneficial becoming more self aware can be. A highly self aware person will become more equipped to deal with daily life and its challenges. Through this course, you will gain a new perspective on themselves and their emotions, and become a valuable member to society.
A vital way of becoming more effective in both business and life is by becoming more self aware. If you can become aware of your self – your strengths and your weaknesses – then, you can become aware of the effects you create. Only once you know your effects can you know how to change them, or even whether you should. Implementing the guidelines in this module is the first step in a continual process of deepening your awareness of yourself and the effects you create. Becoming more effective can only deepen your rewards in both your professional and personal life.
What is the self? To many, the answer might be so obvious that they haven’t given it much thought. Others might proffer up one idea after another and finding each imperfect to an extent that they wonder if the self even exists, and if it does can it be defined. They may or may not realize that this is a question humanity has been asking for millennia, with answers from different eras often addressing not just what we are but who we are at that particular place in time. Nor is the answer a trivial one. Too often we stumble through life and take a shallow view of ourselves, our environment, and prevailing forces. And yet, we can do better. We can be better. Our first step is to become aware of who and what we are
Which still fails to answer the original question, what is the self? No answer will be completely accurate or at all times precise. Instead, here is a temporary answer, good for the purposes of this course: the self is the aspect of an individual organism that is aware of its existence as an individual organism. It’s the part of ourselves that we are referring to when we each say “I,” as in “I am thinking” or “I am feeling”, etc. One helpful way to think about the self and become more aware of our complete and total self is to divide it into four aspects: the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.
Even though we live inside physical bodies, so to speak, it’s not uncommon to proceed day in and day out without ever truly being aware of one’s body. Unless we are experiencing high degrees of pain or physical stress, how our bodies feel at any given moment can completely escape our notice. However, an increased awareness of your physical body is the first step in improving both your physical and emotional health. Even though it is a first step, the importance of being aware of your physical self and the space it operates can’t be understated.
Another way of thinking of physical awareness is being aware of how you deploy yourself in your environment. This can be your work environment, your home environment, and any other environment in which you are engaged. Life in the early 21st Century is fast-paced and in order to effectively engage with the overall environment, you must become aware of how you spend your time and how to maximize that time.
The emotional aspect of the self has long been misunderstood. The ancient cultures from which many of our own contemporary values have derived were faced with a difficult task. With the advent of agriculture, for the first time in human history, people did not have to wander and had food surpluses that went beyond the immediate moment. As a result, you suddenly had large groups of people living near each other. In order to limit the destructive impulses that tended to come out when large groups gathered, people began to champion concepts of reason and rationality. In doing so, they suggested that emotions themselves might be undesirable, or that acknowledging emotions is a sign of weakness. Nothing could be further from the truth.
If you cannot control how you feel and avoiding your feelings has negative consequences, the only recourse you have left is to manage your emotions. This involves understanding not only how you feel, but what use you can make of your feelings.
Strictly speaking, it is not possible to control your emotions. However, your thought processes often determine how you assess a situation, and it’s that assessment where emotions can come into play. If your assessment is off, you may be angry in a situation that when viewed in another way would not warrant anger at all, for example. Consequently, in developing greater self-awareness, you must become aware of your mental self.
As you develop a greater degree of self awareness, you will also become more aware of the dynamics at play in your interactions with others. However, this awareness doesn’t always go two-ways. When you have a greater awareness of thinking, learning, and personality styles, you also have a responsibility to be more adaptable in your interactions with others.
Developing awareness of the spiritual self is the capstone to developing awareness of one’s whole self. When you begin to focus on spiritual development, all other approaches to increasing your self-awareness become enhanced because frequently a key step to becoming more aware of your body, heart , and mind involves paying attention to the needs of your soul.
Theresa Styles, PhD, MBA, IHR, CMT graduated from Capella University with a Ph.D. in Professional Studies in Education a Post Master’s Certificate in College Teaching; a Master of Business Administration with a Human Resource Management concentration from Keller Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Science in Business Operations from DeVry University.
Dr. Theresa Styles is a global human resources and organizational Development Consultant. She has over 19 years’ experience in human resources and organizational development to improve practice and policy focusing on Corporate Training, Learning & Development, Workforce Development, Change Management, and IT Software Implementation. She is able to delineate and meet diverse educational needs to support and implement strategic Change Management and Training programs to support business’ strategies optimizing workforce development experiences through technology.
She specializes in all aspects of talent and change management within organizations. Throughout her 25 years of service and community volunteering she continues to provide individuals within training and educational programs strategies and techniques needed for business and self-development.