An African proverb says, “When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside can do you no harm.” Self-awareness is the condition of being constantly aware of your thoughts, beliefs, emotions, and actions. It’s about truly understanding who you are, how you act alone or around others, and how you make decisions. It’s about developing who you really are versus who you are expected to be. Over time, consistency and practice develop your self-control. It would be an understatement to say that self-awareness changed my life. In essence, it’s you learning how to be responsible for you. Dr. Maya Angelou once said: “When you know better you do better.” Once you become aware, that’s it; excuses are no longer viable. When you deny the facts about yourself, you start to live and breathe self-defeat. Here are 27 essential actions for self-awareness and authentic living: 1. Understand your personality Knowing your personality type allows you to maximize your strengths and manage your weaknesses.