Self awareness is a major part of personal development. You must pay attention to what you do on a daily basis and what you can and should improve upon. Self awareness is also a wonderful tool to learn more about you. When you become self aware, strengths and faults will begin to surface and you will be forced to reckon with them.
If you still have a table and a fridge full of leftovers from your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, pack them up and deliver them to the local women’s club or homeless shelter, rather than throwing them out. You will feel better inside and can easily brighten someone’s day with delicious foods and desserts. Try to make this a habit that is not necessarily limited to major holidays, whether you deliver food once per week or once per month. Try cutting down on the amount of caffeine that you consume on a daily basis. Many times it can negatively affect your sleeping habits by causing issue like insomnia. For some people, caffeine can cause headaches and various digestion problems. Do your best to cut down on it every day to see if you feel better.
Replace an old habit with a new one. Toss out the negative and actively introduce and reinforce the positive. If you normally smoke when you are on a business call, start doodling instead. Enroll in an after work aerobics class to dissuade yourself from joining your co-workers at the corner bar. A good tip for personal development is to think before you speak. Writers always proofread what the write, and people should proofread their thoughts before they say them out loud. This will allow you to reflect on your thoughts and give you a better understanding of how your really feel.
A really great way to be self aware is to document each and every day. Always keep a journal or notepad on you and write about what, in detail, has happened throughout that day. The more often you write, the more accurate your account will be. Look back and read over the diary often; things to be proud of or even ashamed of will begin to stand out over time. Work on what you don’t like and in the end you will be happy about your new attitude.