Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; continue in these things, for in doing this you will save both yourself and your hearers. (1 Timothy 4:16)
Self-Awareness is tough. It requires us to face our own insecurities and foibles. Yet, if we are to become who God intends us to be – healthy and mature – then we will need to become self-aware. If we are to face the struggle and pain, we need to appreciate all the benefits. Nick Wignall, in his article, “How to Be More Self-Aware,” provides the opportunity to become more self-aware.
First, according to Wignall, a healthy self-awareness creates “Better Relationships.” When you are self-aware you become less defensive and more open to the people around you. When you are self-aware, you will experience “Improved moods.” Our moods relate to how we feel about ourselves in a given moment. The more we are able to appreciate ourselves, the better we are able to face challenges, and control our moods.
Self-Awareness also provides “Clearer thinking and better decision-making.” Poor decisions often come from emotional reactions that occur when we feel out of control. Part of having better control is that we are better able to provide “More effective communication.” We are able to communicate our feelings and needs effectively because we can be assertive without being overly aggressive or fearful.
Finally, better Self-Awareness provides “Increased productivity.” Wignall describes procrastination “…isn’t a lack of effort or commitment, it’s interference from ourselves.” Increased productivity helps with relationships and it starts a healthy, meaningful cycle. Now that you know the benefits, pray that over the next few days of devotions, as we focus on the process of self-awareness with courage and Divine trust.