What is self-awareness and why is it important? From the ancient Greeks to western psychology, the topic of self-awareness has been a subject of intrigue and inquiry, particularly in the last century or so.
But what is it and why is it important to you?
Way back in the day, some of the Ancient Greeks followed the philosophy of know thyself. Socrates and Plato, in particular, used the maxim extensively with Socrates teaching that ‘the unexamined life is not worth living.’
Benjamim Franklin wrote how difficult a task it is when he wrote in his ‘Poor Richards Almanack’, ‘There are 3 things extremely hard, steel, a diamond and to know one’s self.’
And Stephen Covey wrote, ‘Self-awareness is our capacity to stand apart from ourselves and examine our thinking, our motives, our history, our scripts, our actions and our habits and tendencies.’
So as far back as I can find, people have been trying to understand themselves and that essentially is what self-awareness is.
Backing up into the quote from Stephen Covey, it is about understanding why we do what we do, why we say what we say, why we respond the way we do. It’s about our actions and attitudes.
we will be talking about the idea that nothing is permanent. Not Y2K, not 1999 or 2000. Not fear, failure, success. Nothing lasts forever, except the is death.
Now I know that are some people who will think I am being callous, but I’m not. Let make it a bit clearer. No words, attitudes, circumstances are permanent or last forever.
A Greek philosopher once said ‘No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he is not the same man.’
You see everything in life, from attitudes and actions to the weather and circumstances are in constant motion. People change their minds. Governments change laws. The wind changes direction. Companies change managers.
All day every day, everything is changing.
On today’s show, I want to pick up on the topic I spoke about last week and that is the big F word. Failure, but today I want to look at what to do and how you can respond to failure.
So as we begin this new year, you like many other people may have reflected on last year. What went well, what did not. How you did according to your goals in all the various areas of life and business?
Now for some people, that look back can be good as you recognise that on the whole you did well and met most of your goals. However, for other people you may look back at the disaster which was last year in horror and wonder how you will move forward or you may look back and see those things that did not go according to plan and failed.
In the last episode of this podcast, I mentioned a quote by Winston Churchill. ‘Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts,’ and that brings me to a question from a listener to this channel which is a follow on from late week.
Mike asked, ‘Last year for me was a failure as I did not reach any of my goals and in some cases went backwards. What can I do differently this year so that I reach the goals I want to reach? Some one said I am reaching to high and should expect to fail, so I must lower my expectations. Is that the right? I will avoid disappointment that way.’
The first thing to say is don’t lower your expectations or your goals. That only breeds mediocrity.
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