27 Self-Awareness Exercises That Fuel Success and Happiness

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.

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To Anyone Who Thinks They’re Falling Behind In Life

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You don’t need more motivation. You don’t need to be inspired to action. You don’t need to read any more lists and posts about how you’re not doing enough.

We act as if we can read enough articles and enough little Pinterest quotes and suddenly the little switch in our brain will put us into action. But, honestly, here’s the thing that nobody really talks about when it comes to success and motivation and willpower and goals and productivity and all those little buzzwords that have come into popularity: you are as you are until you’re not. You change when you want to change. You put your ideas into action in the timing that is best. That’s just how it happens.

 

And what I think we all need more than anything is this: permission to be wherever the fuck we are when we’re there.

 

You’re not a robot. You can’t just conjure up motivation when you don’t have it. Sometimes you’re going through something. Sometimes life has happened. Life! Remember life? Yeah, it teaches you things and sometimes makes you go the long way around for your biggest lessons.

 

You don’t get to control everything. You can wake up at 5 a.m. every day until you’re tired and broken, but if the words or the painting or the ideas don’t want to come to fruition, they won’t. You can show up every day to your best intentions, but if it’s not the time, it’s just not the fucking time. You need to give yourself permission to be a human being.

 

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Harvard University Finds That Having No Friends Could Be As Deadly As Smoking

We all know how bad smoking is, but researchers at Harvard University have found a link between blood clotting protein levels caused by loneliness, and are suggesting that having no friends is probably just as deadly as smoking, making you more susceptible to strokes and/or heart attacks. Being alone and not socializing activates what is…

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Have had a few followers asking how they can contact me, well now you can!  I’ve added a new page just for this purpose and you can find it in the menu above

I write about topics that I hope will be of interest to my followers or anyone visiting my blog. Everything that I share with you was first inspired and conceived through my own personal experiences, the people I’ve met and articles I’ve in print and on the web.

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What Makes a Good Life? Lessons from the Longest Study on Happiness | Robert Waldinger

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“The trick is to enjoy life. Don’t wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead.”

~Marjorie Pay Hinckley

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9 Reasons You Shouldn’t Be Afraid To Ruthlessly Revisit Your Past

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1. You will laugh at the “problems” you had. Or that person you dated or the person you thought you’d never get over. You will laugh at the way you looked and the way you dressed, you will laugh at how “cool” you were trying to be. You will laugh at the things you used to write and the words you wanted to say. read more……..

Wellness Wednesday

Live your passion

This article came across my timeline on Facebook of all places,  thought it was an interesting and so precise in intentions.

The key to beating stress is to care less – and if that means wearing your pyjamas to the corner shop, so be it!

If you’re like me, you’ve been caring too much about too many things for too long. You’re overextended and overburdened by life. Stressed out, anxious, maybe even panic-stricken about your commitments. I was almost 30 years old when I began to realise it was possible to stop caring so much, but I was nearly 40 before I figured out how to make it happen.

As a self-described overachieving perfectionist, I was anxious throughout my childhood and adolescence. I tackled numerous projects, tasks and tests to prove myself worthy of respect and admiration from my family, friends and even casual acquaintances. I socialised with people I did not like in order to appear benevolent; I did jobs that were beneath me in order to appear helpful; I ate things that disgusted me in order to appear gracious. This was no way to live.

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