The Importance Of Developing

Self-Awareness 101 Episode 1: The Importance Of Becoming Self-Aware

What does developing self-awareness mean? Why explore becoming self-aware? What specifically does becoming self-aware mean?

In this episode, Willard discusses this topic and ends the episode by asking you to answer some specific questions that will build a foundation for future episodes. What do you believe? What do you value? What is important to you? Who do you desire to be?

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90% of the population will complain about how their life is, but... they won't take responsibility for their lives being that way.

That means a very small percentage actually takes control, and designs the life that they truly desire. So what is the difference between these two groups of people?

I believe that for many it’s a realization that things do not happen to them, but rather they make things happen. And when someone recognizes this, I believe that is the beginning of the journey of developing self awareness... They begin to explore what drives them, and what they avoid.

Self-Awareness is many things and as you continue developing self-awareness that definition may change depending on where you are in your life.

Self awareness can be a journey of understanding what your belief systems are. Learning about beliefs that empower you and beliefs that prevent you from achieving what you desire.

Self-awareness can be about understanding what you value most. Learning about what is most important to you and why it’s important to you.

There are also sets of rules of how you live your life. Things that you will and will not do. Things that you will or will not allow. Whether you are consciously aware of these things or not, these beliefs, these rules, these values, they determine every action that you take.

As you progress on this journey of developing self-awareness, you will find that it is like peeling layers off of an onion. Each layer that you peel off will reveal more of who you truly are. And as that happens, you may find that you develop a deeper connection with yourself and with other people.

Developing self-awareness is a very spiritual journey. It connects you to yourself, to your family, to your community, to the world.

For me, what started this journey of developing self-awareness is that I found myself in a place that I didn't like being. My life had become a mess and was nothing like what I had envisioned for myself growing up. And in a "moment of clarity", I realized that every decision I had made up to that point, had brought me to that specific place.

At that point in my life, most of my decisions were based on trying to avoid things, trying to avoid the truth, trying to avoid responsibility, trying to avoid even looking at myself because I didn't like what I saw. And this led me to a place of total "in-authenticity" where I had no connection to myself, or to anyone else. I was running on a self-destructive "auto-pilot" and had no idea why I was having such a miserable life.

Developing self-awareness puts you back in the driver's seat, you get to decide where it is you are going to go, and you have more control of your life and your circumstances.

To do that, takes a lot of honesty, open mindedness, and willingness. At times, it's not an easy journey, but it’s definitely worthwhile.

So, I invite you to join us on this journey. We're going to do our best to give you ideas, to help spark your thought process, and also build a community around you. Our intention is that this community will support each other, offering ideas, feedback and helping you find way to become even more aware, and ultimately finding ways to make the choices that help you become the person that you desire to be.

So what I 'd like to ask you to do right now, is grab a pen and a paper, or do it on your computer, and take a moment to just capture what some of your beliefs are, just the surface level, that first layer of the onion. Some questions that will help you are...

1) What do you believe about yourself? 2) What beliefs about yourself do you have that empower you or dis-empower you? You are good at X; you are not good at Y. 3) What are your beliefs about other people?

People are... and then fill in the blank. People are... good, compassionate, untrustworthy, greedy? What is it that you honestly believe about other people?

4) What are your beliefs on a global level... The world is messed up? The world is a great place? The world is in trouble? The world is on a new course? Your choice.

Ask yourself... 1) What's important in your life? Family? Friends? Finances? Health? Power? Fame? 2) Why, is that important to you?

And now the tougher questions are...

1) Who do you desire to be? 2) How do you need to begin living, right now... to become that person.

Write them all down because over the following weeks we'll be offering ideas to help you discover answers to these questions and more.

Welcome to your journey of developing self-awareness. 

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Self-Awareness 101 Series with Transcription Plus

Introduction To Self-Awareness 101:  To Inspire, Educate and Empower
SA 101 Episode 1:  The Importance of Developing Self-Awareness 
SA 101 Episode 2:  How to Truly Learn from Mistakes
SA 101 Episode 3:  To Soar, I Needed To Let Go Of The Past
SA 101 Episode 4:  The Meaning That We Give Things
SA 101 Episode 5:  Kind Words And Good Deeds Are Eternal
SA 101 Episode 6:  Life Begins At The End Of Your Comfort Zone
SA 101 Episode 7:  Two Most Powerful Words You'll Ever Say
SA 101 Episode 8:  Making Time For What's Truly Important
SA 101 Episode 9:  Expectations and Desires About How It Ought To Be
SA 101 Episode 10:  Tap Into The Sources Of The Universe
SA 101 Episode 11:  The Four Agreements
SA 101 Episode 12:  Courage-Being Scared But Saddling Up Anyways
SA 101 Episode 13:  The Power Of Belief Systems
SA 101 Episode 14:  Change Is Inevitable, Growth Is Optional
SA 101 Episode 15:  Establishing Personal Boundaries; It's OK To Say No
SA 101 Episode 16:  Encountering External Resistance To Change
SA 101 Episode 17:  Creating A Supportive Environment
SA 101 Episode 18:  Our Decisions Determine Who We Become
SA 101 Episode 19:  Personal Development Tests
SA 101 Episode 20:  A List Of Excuses Vs. Results
SA 101 Episode 21:  The Meaning Of Honesty
SA 101 Episode 22:  Living In Gratitude
SA 101 Episode 23:  Repetitive Patterns
SA 101 Episode 24:  Non-Verbal Cues
SA 101 Episode 25:  Be Brave Enough To Accept The Help Of Others
SA 101 Episode 26:  Positive Thoughts And Positive Intentions
SA 101 Episode 27:  Active Listening Skills
SA 101 Episode 28:  How Self-Awareness Relates To Spirituality
SA 101 Episode 29:  Positive Affirmations 
SA 101 Episode 30:  Basic Meditation Exercises
SA 101 Episode 31:  Personal Development At Work
SA 101 Episode 32:  Toxic Shame
SA 101 Episode 33:  Eliminating Clutter
SA 101 Episode 34:  How To Forgive Others
SA 101 Episode 35:  Self-Forgiveness
SA 101 Episode 36:  Deepening Self-Awareness 
SA 101 Episode 37:  What Is Fear?
SA 101 Episode 38:  How To Overcome Fear
SA 101 Episode 39:  Dealing With Your Anger
SA 101 Episode 40:  How To Find Your Passion
SA 101 Episode 41:  Increasing Your Self-Awareness
SA 101 Episode 42:  How To Feel Deserving
SA 101 Episode 43:  How To Be A Humble Observer
SA 101 Episode 44:  Progress Not Perfection
SA 101 Episode 45:  Expectations And Perfectionism
SA 101 Episode 46:  Dealing With Anger
SA 101 Episode 47:  Taking Responsibility For Yourself
SA 101 Episode 48:  Achieving Higher Consciousness
SA 101 Episode 49:  Trust Life
SA 101 Episode 50:  Being Skeptical
SA 101 Episode 51:  Benefits Of Closure
SA 101 Episode 52:  The Final Episode 

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