“Mastering others is strength
Mastering yourself is true power.”
In this article, let me throw some light on Self Awareness and how self awareness helps you improve your communication.
Self Mastery is all about finding yourself! Understanding who you are, your hidden abilities and talents, and unleashing the power that you have within you. The key to mastery is practice. How do you become good at something? You do it over and over again. Gaining mastery over anything is more and more practice. It is also about moving from Inner; that is understanding self better to Outer; that is begin to understand others better and collaborate for a positive outcome.
Who am I?
This question is one you should continue to ask yourself throughout your life. You should reinvent yourself continuously. Asking this question regularly renews your understanding of who you are and how you must transform?
Why Self Awareness? Well, it leads to self-respect, high self-esteem, self-love and self-trust. Knowing your real strengths is truly the key to lasting happiness and progress. Ultimately, it leads you to shape your Personality and make an impact in what you do.
Is not it true that our strengths are hidden inside each one of us in the form of heredity and environmental influences. All of us are born with amazing gifts that we rarely use, due to our own ignorance. I remember, a Speaker said in a Seminar once “You don’t’ know what you don’t know” The good news is that you can measure it now with the help of Self-awareness. Our personality is a combination of both, heredity and environment. It makes lot of sense to measure both in order to gain a holistic understanding of self.
Based on the demands of life and work, we develop certain competencies and in fact, it is essential these days to develop competencies and learn new skills regularly to remain in the forefront. Investing a little time on yourself to do a self awareness exercise once in a while will help you know ‘where you are’ Vs ‘where you want to be’ in the near future.
Don’t forget that effective communication is the life blood of your progress, no matter your subject matter expertise, technical competence or years of experience. How do you become an effective communicator? Will understanding self better help you in this? Certainly yes. You will realise that increase in self-awareness helps you improve your communication. Dr.Eric Berne’s ‘Theory of Transactional Analysis’ that helps you communicate better will be of great help in understanding self better. Understanding self better helps you improve your communication and be able to connect with others better.
Change your Thoughts, and Change your Life!
Dr. Wayne Dyer’s book Being in Balance teaches us how to balance our lives by aligning our thoughts with our desires. He says we already have everything we need inside ourselves to live the life we want.
Let me conclude with my all-time favourite quote:-
On the wall of a Nursery in Canada, it was written “When is the best time to plant a tree”? “25 years ago”! The next line said, the next best time to plant a tree is NOW! So, now is the time you take a decision and now is the time you take the next step to whatever you are thinking of doing… What stops you!? Be a student of possibilities.. Be open to other possibilities. Change your Limiting Beliefs. You are what you believe.. Unleash the Power within You!.
Varada Murthy K.S.