There is a quote from Virginia Woolf that always makes me smile when I read it – once she said:
Without self-awareness we are as babies in the cradles.
Knowing who you are is the beginning of wisdom – and to me self-awareness, or self-knowledge is the most important thing for a human being. If you don’t know who you are, well, face it, you know nothing in life.
Why knowing who you are matters so much?
Because knowing who you are, helps you understand yourself. It gives you a clear perception of your character, personality and what you are capable of. Self-awareness allows you to improve the quality of your life. It allows you to live the life you were born to live.
Self-awareness is about understanding your needs, your desires, your beliefs, your failures, your habits, and everything really that makes you tick. But also, knowing your values, your limitations, your motivations, your weaknesses, your strengths, your talents, your gifts, and how the world sees you. And understanding, and knowing all these components are crucial if you want to be in touch with your emotions, with your feelings, if you want to feel in control of your life, if you want to understand people, if you want to establish your own identity in this world, if you want to become the best version of yourself.
Self-awareness is about being true to yourself – to be authentic.
And you can’t be authentic if you don’t know who you are. You can’t start loving yourself, if you don’t know who you are. You can’t change, you can’t reinvent yourself, if you don’t know who you are. You can’t live your best life, if you don’t know who you are.
When you know and understand yourself, you are not afraid of trying new things, taking risks. You are not afraid of failures anymore because you know what you are capable of. You open doors to more opportunities.
Self-awareness is key if you want your life to be filled with meanings and achievements.
Self-awareness gives a massive boost to your self-esteem and confidence.
If you don’t want to do something, you can just say “NO” and be OK with it – without feeling guilty - because you know your own boundaries.
With self-awareness you can let go of toxic people – those who do not support you, those who do not deserve you.
When you know yourself – trust me you feel empowered. And I would never stop saying it, but knowing who you are is the greatest power of all…
We want to be heard and we want to be seen. That is what I believe.