Two Notes Tuesday: On Being a Better Person
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Two Notes Tuesday: On Being a Better Person

There's always room for improvement.
Two Notes Tuesday: On Being a Better Person
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The importance of self-awareness

Being self-aware is what sets the great people apart from the good ones. Self-awareness allows us to objectively and accurately evaluate our self-image, decisions and values. If we lack self-awareness, we would not be able to identify our flaws or even areas for improvement, which means we perpetuate in mediocrity at best.

While there isn’t a clear guide on how to attain self-awareness, here are some tips that can help you cultivate it:

  • Pay attention to where you spend your time and energy, and what it results in.
  • Keep track of what you’re working on and when you perform at your best.
  • Evaluate your day-to-day communications with different people, and identify if your responses were open or defensive.
  • Receive and observe (constructive) criticism, and know how to distinguish if it is professional or something you can discard.

Improve or regress

In life, every action results in one of these two outcomes: move you forward or backwards. There's no stagnation because life and time are always in motion, so if you do nothing, you will be left behind.

If you want to achieve success, you must take responsibility to progress forward. Taking accountability of your actions gives you power over your life. You are no longer waiting for life to happen to you, you are pushing, pulling and propelling yourself forward.