Self-awareness is the catalyst for self-growth. It has multiple layers, including understanding:
- Your emotions and emotional blind spots
- The reasons to your feelings
- Your values
Your values define your identity and your actions. You’re what you would do and what what you wouldn’t do. Everyone has different values, yours might be wealth, fame, power, family, freedom or all of them.
Good values are sought from within:
- Grounded in reality
Bad values are focused on external sources, some examples:
- Pleasure — food, porn, drugs, relationships. Pleasure should be the effect of your happiness and not the source, it shall come as a side-effect of achieving your goals
- Materialism — buying branded toys to fulfill a false sense of ego. This can lead you down into a lifetime of emptiness
- Desire to be right — if you always need to be right, you’ll never learn.
- Impulse to be positive — don’t be ignorant to the chaos around you, stay composed and act accordingly. Never be in denial.
Ask yourself these questions to understand what your values are:
- What are your goals?
- Why did you choose them?
- How do you measure success or failure?
Your metrics could be to be the best, to be famous or have great wealth. Make sure you’re honest with yourself. Choose good values to measure, and good metrics for your measurements.
What gets measured, gets managed.
Self-improvement is about prioritizing better values.
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