Use Self-Awareness to Simplify Your Life and Get More Done

I want to talk to you about something very important. Lately, there has been some different energy around here and that is because of self-awareness. I’ve made some of the hardest, most critical decisions I’ll ever make in business so that I can advance this company. I’ve had to admit where I am weak and be able to recognize my strengths and go all in.

Self-awareness is critical and when you break it up, it basically means awareness of self. But how do you build that awareness? Being self-aware is simply being conscious of being… being conscious of your thoughts, emotions, and body…  being conscious that we are not our thoughts, our emotions or our bodies, but rather these are the things we experience life through. So, in this blog, I want to talk to you about the simple things that you can do with self-awareness in order to advance your company and your life.

Continue reading after the video to learn:

  • How asking for feedback matters
  • Why you need to be aware of your reputation
  • What you can do to make yourself stronger

When was the last time you took a look at your day or your week and thought, “I could be more productive during ‘this’ time or doing ‘this’ task”? When was the last time you thought, “I could work out a little bit harder” or “my nutrition could be a little more dialed in” or “I could have handled that conversation a little bit better”? These are things that you should be consistently asking yourself.

Why You Should Be Asking for Feedback

I want to share with you how I am applying self-awareness in this business in order to over-deliver content to each of you. I’ve asked for feedback from you guys, good or bad and whether that feedback was good or bad, it was good. Feedback of any kind is good, no matter what the content of that feedback is. I want to know what you’re thinking, because good or bad, if I know you’re thinking, I can make the appropriate changes. If I can’t make those changes, then I can’t over deliver and give you what you need. This is the same concept that you should be applying in your business or your personal life.

For example, I asked for feedback on our Snapchat and got a lot of positive feedback, so I wanted to make the changes necessary to improve what we were doing and bring you more of what you love.  As we reassessed what we were doing, we wondered if we could bring you more of what you want using fewer Snaps, and the answer was yes. So, we tightened it up a little bit and made them even better. Without self-awareness, we would not have been able to make those changes.

Because things are happening very, very fast, you have to be quick and nimble in order to manipulate the world around you. Tomorrow, there could be a new social media platform that takes the world by storm and you must be quick and able to adapt to the next big thing. It is all about hitting trends. I hit a trend on Instagram and it exploded. I hit a trend on Periscope, it exploded and now we are exploding on Snapchat, a place we were sending traffic before Snapchat was even a ‘thing’…and now we get 35,000 opens.

Why Your Reputation Matters

Whether you want to be good within your business or your personal life, it all starts with being self-aware. If you want to be really good at something, it is about repetition. Anyone who is great at something has done it over and over and over again. After repetition, the next important thing is routine. We all know how grumpy and agitated we can be when our routine is broken.  Self-awareness is key and how you become more self-aware is to be conscious of yourself, be conscious of your thoughts, taking a step out and realizing you are not your mind.

Then, through repetition and routine, you become really, really good. Once you’ve done this, the overarching is to simplify it all. Then continue to simplify again and again, just as we have done with Snapchat. Being self-aware can get you where you want to go. These days, for me, I want to know how aware you are and if you are paying attention to what I have to say if we are in a conversation. I care about how aware you are because the more aware you are, the more you will be aware of what changes need to be made on a daily basis and so that you can adapt, and the more successful I know you will be. If you want to be in this organization, you must be aware of what is going on in this world, around you, and in your relationships.

⚡ Related: Learn How To Improve Your Relationships Through Self-Awareness

So remember, the key is self-awareness, and the first step should be a self-audit, to take a look at what is going on and be present. Once you become self-aware, you can start to determine your fears, what you are good at and what you are not good at.

Supplement Your Weaknesses

The biggest pivot of my career happened this past week. I brought people in and gave up a big piece of my company, and you know why? I did this because of self-awareness. I realized that, while I may be great at a lot of things, I suck at things too. I suck at systems and I suck at managing people. Over time, I realized that there are things I am not good at through being self-aware, so I brought in people that are really good and really passionate in the areas that I suck. Now, through being self-aware and by realizing the things that I am not good at, I know we can take this company to the moon, as I am able to double down on my strengths and build the community, leading people, creating content and marketing. I am able to do the things that I love because I have people that I trust that can take those weaknesses away from me.

Be self-aware and remember that, no matter what it is, it is going to take hard work, repetition, routine, and simplification. This is what I tell my team. Simple works. If it can work for me in all aspects of my life, then it can work for you in any aspect of your life you choose to apply it to. Whether it is your workout routine, your nutrition and eating, or just your business or work, becoming self-aware is important. And as I have learned, you can always create repetition, routine and look for some place to simplify and improve your life.

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