Self-awareness can be interpreted as an undoubted recognition of oneself beyond the physical features.

For instance, maybe you are a dark-skinned, tall, slim and very attractive lady, that’s most likely the first description of you that any random individual would give. But you would agree with me that there is more to you than what everybody sees.

So, self-awareness means you knowing yourself deeply, your strengths, weak areas, capabilities, excesses, everything about you.

You’re probably already wondering how that is possible, can we really know and understand ourselves completely?

Well, I’m not saying you can know yourself completely, but I am saying you can know yourself well enough to live out your full potentials.

I’m about to take you on a short journey of self-awareness, I won’t be showing you to yourself but I’ll be teaching you how to view yourself so, you can develop a strong self-awareness.

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Pay Attention to Yourself

You’ve probably been paying so much attention to everything other than yourself, but I want you to start paying attention to yourself. It might actually seem impossible to see you for you, but it’s achievable.

  • Ask yourself questions like “what am I good at?” “What do I love doing?” “What do I hate doing?”…Ask those questions intentionally and take note of the answers you get after a deep search within you.
  • Reflect on the ground-breaking achievements you have recorded to your name. Be it a certificate, invention, anything you’re proud of.
  • Inquire about the perceptions that others have of you with all honesty.
  • What was your childhood like? Note it too.

Journaling

Developing a strong self-awareness is more realistic when you keep track of the things that go through your mind. You may not be able to record everything your mind thinks about, but try to never let go of any idea or thoughts peculiar to you without journaling them. Writing your ideas down creates space for more to spring up.

Always take some time at the end of your day to reflect and write what your failures/achievements were. I say at the end of the day because by then, you’re expected to be relaxed and calm.

Meditation

I tell you, you’d be surprised at how much of you you’ll discover if you spend time on meditation. Meditation is something majority find difficult to do because our minds are just always too busy. Busy with the thought of ‘I want to do this’ ‘I need to do that’ ‘I’ve not done this’…Can you just take a break? Calm down, and allow your mind to ‘breathe’.

A way to practise this without disrupting your daily plans is by making sure your mind is focused on one thing (nothing more or less) while washing the dishes, going on a run, or doing any serene activity. The aim is to be mindful of what you’re doing and nothing more, no wondering or idle thoughts.

Final Words

Becoming more self-aware improves your productivity and general life achievements, so, it is something you should take seriously. Pay attention to yourself, pen down the things you discover about yourself, and be more mindful of the things that you do.

I’m excited about how excellent you’re going to turn out in the days to come.

Is there something you think I’m missing? I’ll like to read from you in the comment section.

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34 Comments

  1. Kafayat Adebayo September 29, 2020 at 7:24 pm

    Good write up

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  2. Oluokun Olaide September 29, 2020 at 7:47 pm

    Job Well done

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  3. Modupe September 29, 2020 at 7:52 pm

    I love every bit of this write up. I need to work more on journaling and meditating. Thanks Basit.

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    1. Oladimeji Alaka September 29, 2020 at 7:53 pm

      I am so glad you love it. Please work on both as they will help you in making better decisions.

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  4. AbdulRasheed September 29, 2020 at 8:18 pm

    Jazakumullahu khairan for giving us this, more knowledge by God’s grace

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  5. ADEOLA September 29, 2020 at 9:07 pm

    Good write up. Thanks

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    1. Wahab Asiata Omoyiola September 30, 2020 at 1:53 pm

      Good work. Keep it up

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      1. Oladimeji Alaka October 1, 2020 at 11:19 am

        Thanks for reading ma, I hope you are able to pick on or two things from it.

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  6. Olasupo ibukun September 29, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    Nice one here, thanks for this write up it’s really something to ponder on

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    1. Oladimeji Alaka September 30, 2020 at 8:17 am

      Thanks for reading. Since we are all different self-discovery is the first step to greatness.

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  7. Mojeed September 29, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    Nice write up!!

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  8. Moryam September 29, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    Nice write up

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  9. Ridwan Raji September 30, 2020 at 8:00 am

    Good one. Thanks for benefiting us. BaarokalLoohu feekum

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  10. Abdulbasit Ajala September 30, 2020 at 8:27 am

    My Guy! You inspire greatly and the world can’t just wait for your greatness!

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  11. JIMOH Kabirat Bolajoko September 30, 2020 at 8:46 am

    Nice write up
    I find this very helpful
    Thank You and God Bless

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  12. Mariam September 30, 2020 at 8:50 am

    Nice one, may Almighty Allah increase your iqmah

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  13. Onigbinde Seye Andrew September 30, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    Well done Boss. Keep it up! Kudos to your brain.🙇🙇🙇🙇🙇

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  14. Fadekemi September 30, 2020 at 11:25 pm

    This is really helpful, thank you for sharing it

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    1. Oladimeji Alaka October 1, 2020 at 11:19 am

      I am glad it helps you. Stick to the website as more inspiring content is coming.

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  15. Lawal Adewale Ogunfowora October 1, 2020 at 1:42 am

    Amazing write up!

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  16. Adedolapo October 1, 2020 at 4:18 pm

    Amazing read. Simple things we overlook that needs more of our attention. Looking forward to more of this.

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    1. Oladimeji Alaka October 1, 2020 at 9:50 pm

      Yes, they need more of our attention as they will help us with better decisions.

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      1. Habeebah October 3, 2020 at 7:22 am

        Very brief and enlightening.

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        1. Oladimeji Alaka October 8, 2020 at 9:20 am

          Thanks for reading. I hope you learn one or two things from it.

          Reply

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