September marks another self-care awareness month. What does self-care awareness mean to you? I used to think self-care was all about manicures, retail therapy, and self-indulgence. Not any more. Find out the true meaning in this month’s series.
How self-aware are you? I recently discovered that my self-awareness wasn’t all the great. Check out these five self-care hacks to help you develop your self-awareness.
Lucky You, You Always Knew What You Wanted to Be When You Grew Up!
“Where are you working now,” I asked my sister.
“I’m almost done getting my Realtor license,” she said with pride.
“How awesome! I bet you make an excellent Realtor.”
“I really do love it,” she enthused. “Can you believe it took so long for me to find a job I really love. You’re so lucky.”
“Lucky? How so?” I asked.
“You always knew what you wanted to be when you grew up!”
“But I didn’t!” I assured her.
“Nah, you always wanted to be a teacher.”
I shrugged, not wanted to start an argument. But I don’t remember ever lining my dolls up to teach them, nor researching careers in education at any point in my life.
Sure, I taught horsemanship at a summer camp starting at age 16, and I enjoyed it. But knowing what I wanted to do for a living? Shoot, I changed majors five times in college! I didn’t even get my teaching license until AFTER I graduated with a BA in History and Spanish. In order to teach, I had to go back to school for two years. And I only chose that course because I received a scholarship.
While my sister (and perhaps other family members) think I knew what I wanted to do, I don’t remember knowing at all. After all, I keep returning to school to get endorsements to teach even more things. I seemed to fall into teaching by default. Don’t get me wrong, I love my job and I’m passionate about my students and their success. Do other things generate the same love and passion in my life? Yes. Could I have turned them into a career? Maybe, maybe not. Has not knowing myself very well kept me from being the best teacher I could possibly be? Probably.
Should We Even Worry About Self-Awareness?
Should we worry about our level of self-awareness? I think yes. Without self-awareness, we react instead of act. People might not find us pleasant to be around, or we may find ourselves constantly in relational hot water. We can go through life glibly unaware of ourselves, or, we can take steps to get to know ourselves better.
Maybe you don’t struggle with self-awareness the way I do. That scene from Runaway Bride always comes to mind–the one where Richard Gere Accuses Julia Roberts of not even knowing how she likes her eggs cooked.
Maybe you can relate. Sometimes we go through life trying so hard to please others we lose ourselves in our quest. But a lack of self-awareness can only hurt us. A lack of self-awareness we can easily turn us into a victim. Others may sense our weakness and try to take advantage of us, or we may feel constantly dissatisfied and take on the victim role.
Listen to today’s podcast for five hacks to help you become more self-aware. Just because you aren’t self-aware now, doesn’t mean you have to stay that way forever. When we take care of ourselves, we know who we are, what we stand for, and what makes us tick.
Self-awareness helps us know how to better take care of ourselves. If we lack self-awareness, we won’t know when to say ‘no,’ when to rest, or what restores our energy. Self-awareness acts like the parent to self-care. Get to know yourself better, and you’ll find it easier to take care of yourself in healthy ways.
Building a Storybrand (Rebranded in 2021 as Business Made Simple) podcast.
Lead to Win podcast.
Self-help books I’ve found helpful.
Dream Big, by Bob Goff
The Powerful Purpose of Introverts: Why the World Needs You to be You by Holley Gerth
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