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Self-Awareness Is the Key to Your Success



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Self-awareness is the one known key to being successful in any facet of your life. It could be for relationships, career, business, or overall happiness. Sounds pretty simple, right? It is, only that it is not. Self-awareness is not achieved in a snap. It is a process that a person goes through in life. Also, there’s no end to it.

So, if there is no end to it, how does one become successful? The concepts of self-awareness and success are both subjective and cannot be measured by any other person’s yardstick. With this, it is up to you to gauge them and achieve them.

Self-awareness is a person’s ability to analyze and recognize one’s own thoughts and emotions. It is knowing what makes yourself tick. So what if you know how you feel and what you are thinking? And how does self-awareness even relate to success? Unlike some would think, success does not just fall out of the sky.

Yes, we do read a lot of success stories from entrepreneur and business magazines and websites. Who wouldn’t want to achieve the same success as those people had? But what we don’t see is the hard work they have gone through to achieve their success.

You see, everyone’s situation is different. Success is subjective. Without self-awareness, you will continue to envy other people’s success and will continue to aspire for the same feat to happen to you.

Why should I become self-aware?

Being self-aware would make you discern your own idea of success in the first place. For someone else, having five houses is a success. For another, being debt-free is being successful. Different people would also have different ways to achieve success.

The reason for this is that we vary in strengths, weaknesses, motivations, and ideas of failure. In addition, we react differently to particular situations. The more you know about these aspects of your life, the more you can adapt to the circumstances that we face. Knowing these attributes that make up ourselves can help us analyze how we can learn and improve.

We should also be aware of our emotions. Some may think that emotions are hindrances to logical thinking, which is essential to achieving success. However, we cannot totally eliminate emotions. Besides, they are one of the most important features of being human.

Therefore, instead of putting effort to disregard our emotions, self-awareness helps us understand them more. By understanding how we feel, all the more we can manage it effectively.

Why would you need to manage your emotions, then? Do you think you will ever close a deal if you just break down and cry at times when you get rejected? Most likely, not. Our ability to control our emotions can help us act appropriately in certain situations.

However, managing our emotions is contrary to masking them. Managing one’s emotions is knowing when and how to express them.

“When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.” – Ralph Ellison

How can I become self-aware?

One of the ways to becoming more self-aware is reflection. Being mindful of your thoughts can help you discern the factors behind your thoughts. This also goes with knowing your feelings.

Let’s take anxiety as an example. What are the situations that make you feel anxious? What do these situations have in common? With these questions, you can find out why you sometimes feel anxious. This is also one step to avoid situations that can make you feel anxious. Reflecting on your experiences, thoughts, and feelings can help you develop self-awareness.

Writing is also another form of improving your self-awareness. Because writing requires organization, deep, and logical thinking, we become more aware of ourselves. In addition, writing can also help us monitor our progress in terms of our plans and actions. It is also an effective way to keep us motivated by writing our values and inspirations.

Seeking feedback from others can also help you gain more self-awareness. There are certain aspects of our character that only other people can see. As much as we would want to look at ourselves objectively when we reflect on our thoughts and feelings, we may still miss out on some of our attitude or behaviors.

However, make sure that you are open even to negative feedback and still logically examine yourself based on it.

“To be aware of a single shortcoming within oneself is more useful than to be aware of a thousand in somebody else.” – Dalai Lama

Self awareness is a journey

Being self-aware and achieving success is a journey. Each person can take their own paths toward attaining them. With this, we should not judge other people’s way in this process. Some may even go through trial and error.

In addition, you can never be too aware of yourself since there are certain traits or strengths that you can develop later on. You still have a lot to discover about yourself as you face challenges in your life.

How do you think self-awareness can help you? Please leave your thoughts below.

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James Blake is a team leader and senior contributor at He manifests traits of a Type A person –ambitious, competitive, and outgoing. Besides article writing and blogging, James loves sports analysis. He frequently places bets at fantasy leagues and also an avid fan of snowboarding.

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There is no greatness without becoming and there is no becoming with authenticity



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In just a few weeks, we will be wrapping up 2023. Can you believe it? This year has been absolutely incredible for me.

I have seen amazing doors opened, new relationships formed and I am seeing dreams realized in my life. While this seems like the hallmarks of a great year, this has also been the most challenging year of my life. With all of the change happening in my life, I have been forced out of my comfort zone and challenged to grow in every area of my life.

I can truly say that I have made the most of my moments this year and I have used everything as a catalyst for maximizing my greatest potential.

As a revolutionary leader, I have the pleasure of consulting and advising leaders around the world to fulfill purpose, realize their greatest potential and make an impact.

I want to share some insights with you that will help you to break cycles of mediocrity and manifest your greatness

Everything legal must come through the matrix

I am sure that some of you are wondering why I am using the term matrix. However, what you have to understand is that I am trying to make a highly complex spiritual principle practical to understand.

Regardless of your spiritual beliefs, every life has an origin and I believe that origin is divine and begins with eternity. You are birthed from eternity and into time to fulfill a unique purpose and assignment in your lifetime and generation.

The matrix is simply the portal or vehicle that brings something out of the invisible realm and into tangible form. The problem with much of the teaching today is that it excludes the matrix. We are told to believe that success is instantaneous and overnight.

Nobody talks about how a dream progresses through stages beginning with visualization and ultimately culminating in manifestation. Without a matrix or portal then everything that you attempt to birth and build will be illegal.

The matrix not only makes you legal but it gives you the authority and power to function as the greatest expression of who you were created to be. 

Every matrix has an incubation process

While many people admire and respect me today, I remember a time when nobody knew who I was or the significance of my message. How did I get to where I am today? I got here through an incubation process.

In other words, everything that has been destined for your life is incubating and awaiting a set time of manifestation. The problem is that most people live their entire lives idle and never initiate the incubation process.

What do I meany by that? Most people are living reckless and very few people are living intentionally. I am amazed at the number of people I have conversations with that have no vision, goals or strategies for their lives. They show great promise and they have undeniable potential.

However, without development they will die with their dreams still in them.

Everything that has been destined for your life must be incubated and converted to become realities born to time. 

“Visualize this thing that you want, see it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blueprint and begin to build.” – Robert Collier

You must give expression to that which is not yet born to time

When you think about a matrix or a prophetic incubation process, you have to understand that potential is often unrealized and untapped. In other words, your potential is in raw form and your potential cannot serve you as long as it is untapped.

The thing that makes me valuable is that I have the ability to convert potential into power. I have done it in my own life and I have empowered leaders around the world to do the same. How do you convert potential into power?

First, it is important to note that you have to perceive potential. If you cannot perceive your potential then you can never cultivate your potential. In addition, you must take the time to cultivate your potential. We often get excited about our capabilities; however, we never expand our capacity in order to realize our greatest potential.

In other words, the strength of your potential is only discovered through your willingness to stretch. The more we are challenged the more we are empowered to expand our capacity for greatness. Most of all, you must begin to express your potential. The expression of potential is different for every person.

For example, the expression of my potential is best demonstrated through the thoughts, ideas, products, services, books, etc.

For another person the expression of potential may look like a screenplay, artwork, sports, scientific discoveries, medical breakthroughs, etc.

Regardless of the form of expression, I know that you will live empty and unfulfilled until you make the decision to express your potential. The expression of your potential gives voice to your dreams, life to your vision, significance to your moments and activates your true power.

You must manifest your greatness

As a revolutionary thinker and leader, my work has impacted people around the world. I am grateful that my life is a source of empowerment to so many people. However, before anyone could ever benefit from my life, I had to make a non-negotiable decision to become who I was born to be.

I wish I could tell you that this journey is easy and that you will get there overnight. However, in a world that celebrates us for doing we are often criticized for being. As a result, I wasted a lot of time trying to be who other people wanted me to be instead of being who I was born to be.

There is no greatness without becoming and there is no becoming with authenticity. It is through our bravery to be vulnerable that we ultimately manifest our greatness. We do not bless the world by being a duplicate. We bless the world when we honor our difference. When you honor your difference you honor your potential.

Ultimately, your difference is how you manifest your greatness.

When you present anything but your authentic self to the world, you are playing small and you are robbing the world of your significance. Manifesting your greatness requires you to master your gifts.

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