When we hear this phrase most of us might automatically think of a person that wronged us and lied their way into manipulating someone, or to get out of taking responsibility for something.
When we live in denial of our weaknesses and those things that hold us back from living up to our God given potential, really, aren’t we just lying to ourselves? And how is that not as serious as lying to others? Shouldn’t we take honesty to ourselves just as seriously?
So, with that statement I’ll ask the question…are you self-aware?
When dealing with clients trying to transform their bodies,. The ones that I witness being the most successful are not the ones with the best jobs, highest education, the most money. It isn’t even the ones that come from an athletic or somewhat healthy background.
No, it’s the ones that are the most self-aware.
What it means to be self-aware. People that are self-aware have a deep understanding of their own emotions, strengths, weaknesses, needs and drives. They also have a tendency to not be overly critical or unrealistically hopeful. What this all boils down to HONESTY, with themselves and others.
Being self-aware sounds a little something like this. “Yeah, I have a treadmill in my house, but I don’t regularly use it and I wont. I need someone to push me and hold me accountable.”
You know how all those organization experts tell you that if you have an article of clothing in your closet that you haven’t worn in over a year, yeah, you probably wont ever wear it again…so get rid of it. That same concept goes for fitness/diet/weight loss. If you have been planning on starting a new exercise routine but still haven’t after a year, then lets be a little self-aware and say that maybe we aren’t going to on our own and we might need a little push from someone else to help us. That’s where enlisting the help of a coach or trainer comes in. That’s like, our whole job, to hold you accountable and motivate you.
Now here is a fun little exercise. People love to talk about themselves and I actually love getting to know people. I have so much respect for that brutal, raw honesty. So here I’ll share a few of my strengths/weaknesses and I would LOVE for you to share yours with me. You can leave them in the comments or you can email them to me. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Easily overwhelmed
- Drama Queen
- Procrastinate with things not in my comfort zone
- Don’t like being social
- Not detail oriented enough with certain things
- Great sense of humor
- Enjoy challenging myself
- Extremely faithful to promises I make to myself
- Not afraid to fail
- Good at forgiving myself
Know who you are, know what you are. That is your greatest strength.