You cannot change without first recognizing the need to change. Awareness, therefore, is the precursor to change. It sets the table for change to occur. And only through constructive change, will your life improve.
By understanding ourselves, we come to grips with our strengths and our weaknesses. Only by looking in the rear view mirror is that possible. We need to reflect on our actions, behaviors and decisions in order to truly grasp which actions, behaviors and decisions are moving us forward towards growth and success and which ones are dragging us down in life. But how?
Through weekly analysis. At the end of every week, spend some time asking yourself questions that will help open your eyes:
- What went right last week?
- What went wrong last week?
- What did I do very well last week?
- What did I do very badly last week?
- What did I learn last week?
- What book(s) did I read last week?
- What good did I do last week?
- What bad did I do last week?
- Who did I help last week?
- Who did I hurt last week?
- How much money did I spend last week?
- How much money did I save last week?
- What would I have done differently last week?
- What should I have done last week that I didn’t do?
- Was I happy last week? Why? Why not?
- Did I exercise enough last week?
- Did I eat healthy last week?
- Did I drink too much last week?
There are obviously many more questions that could be asked. The point is to start asking yourselves questions. Every week. Your answers to your questions will help make you aware of your actions, behaviors and decisions. They will help open your eyes and raise your level of awareness about exactly what you are doing that is helping you or hurting you. Everything you do matters. It either helps move you forward or it drags you down in life. Make each week matter.