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Why Developing self awareness is key for your personal & professional success.

For thousands of years, we’ve been on a quest to understand our inner world and, ultimately, our true purpose.

From the Greeks to the Germans, passing through the East, exploring what is inside us and what defines ourconsciousness for the purposes of our personal growth and development has been subject of countless debates. Yet now more than ever, I believe this topic is of striking relevance.

We live in a world of constant noise and busyness where it seems that all that matters is to move forward to the next thing—so long it is “innovative and disruptive.” But where are we really heading? And for what purpose?

Perhaps, it is in these times of uncertainty and change that we need a different approach—an approach that focuses on looking inward rather than forward.

When we take the time to look inward to deeply connect with our motives, feelings, sensations, emotions, and thoughts, we discover a world full of possibilities, yet at the same time, one of incredible complexity—welcome to the magical world of self-awareness.

This without a doubt is the true motivate that inspires us here at 3SENTIA as ourgoal is to use technology in a more aware way to empower professionals to experience their day in a more propound, present & purposeful way.

We might all agree that our thoughts, feelings, and state of mind have a massive impact on the way we view and experience life, yet we have never really thoughtof how to manage and interpret them properly.

If we think about it, this should be atthe basis of our education, as our inner world is what makes usquintessentially human.

It’s easier to ignore or deviate from this path and focus instead on chasing more superficial pleasures that only bring us temporary satisfaction. The result? All-time high stress levels,depression, uncertainty, and lack of direction.

In a world with so many signals, it is difficult to distance ourselves from all those preconceived beliefs we have been fed, which often take us places tha tcan hinder our essence and flourishing.

Perhaps, the times of uncertainty we arecurrently experiencing can represent a great opportunity to reconnect with the power of self-awareness and receive that “shock”needed to question things and live more meaningful, expansive, and consciouslives.

Self-awareness, according to Goleman—a renowned author and science journalist—is one of the four pillars of emotional intelligence (EQ). The good news? Unlike its cousin IQ, EQ is a skill, and just like all other skills, it can be developed.

Moreover, EQ is considered by the World Economic Foruma nd other important publications as one of the most important skills for the future of work (I would add for lifesuccess, in general, given that we are social beings who thrive in relationships).

So why is developingself-awareness so important? And what are its benefits?

A better understanding of ourselves

Firstly, it allows us to develop adeeper sense of introspection, which ultimately leads to a greater interpretation of our objective and subjective states—in simple words, how we view and experience life.

From this position, we are able not only to understand how we see ourselves (innerself-awareness), but also understand how others see us (outer self-awareness),which is often trickier.

Decision-making

Another important benefit that I am sure most of us can sympathize with is that it helps us better regulate our emotions, impacting as a result the quality of our inner states and our everyday decisions. This enables us to center ourselves and make wiser decisions instead of going for gut-based choices that can hurt us in the long run.

In fact, science shows us that we operate at our best when we find ourselves right at the centre between the zone of exaltation and that of depression. This is definitely one the most powerful insights if you are someone that is always in the lookout on how to focus better.

Self-control and self-regulation

This relates to having the ability ofdistance ourselves from our thoughts and emotions, which can feel a bit like a superpower. Think of how handy this can be when we are frustrated with a family member, angry with a colleague, or uncertain about our future. By far one ofthe best stress management techniques!

From a place of self-awareness, we realize that our state is only momentary, and so we can move forward without getting stuck in our limiting thoughts and emotions saving us an immense amount of energy as a result. We know how often this happens in our day and that is why we have created our wellbeing hacks, short 2 minute guided experiences designed to help you let go of any tension or negativity that may be holding you backand bring out your best you.  A simple, powerful and experiential way of taking care of yourself while at work!

Focus and creativity

Self-awareness is also linked with higher creativity and intentionality in goal achievement. Creative endeavours requite deep moments of reflection and introspection to deliver quality work while dedicating time to reflect on our thoughts and desires has shown to impact the quality of the goals we set for ourselves.

Better relationships 

Finally, self-awareness is not only good for our emotional self care but also it enables us to gain a deeper perspectiveand develop greater empathy toward others, whether that is family, friends, orcolleagues. Because we can recognize the needs, thoughts, and emotions ofothers, we are able to communicate and connect with them more profoundly.

Self-awareness is by no means somethingwe can pick up overnight—it is a lifelong journey that requires a level of dedication, curiosity, and practicing self love.

Our goal at 3SSENTIA is to be your companion in this wonderful journey of yours.

Livefully!

Author: Filippo di Lenardo

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