Self-Talk: What We Can Learn About Ourselves
It’s not always easy to uncover our blind spots and gain real self-awareness. One way is to write down your self-talk, recording the exact words you use. Do this several times over the course of a week, and you’ll uncover a lot about how you think and perceive your world.
The exercise is even more valuable when we learn from it. Reflect on your inner monologue.
· What did you notice most?
· Did you notice any trends?
· How hard was it to be non-judgmental?
If you’re like most people, you might be surprised at the amount of negativity and critical content of your words. But here’s what’s important to know: you aren’t necessarily a negative or critical person. Everyone is negative and judgmental; that’s the way the human brain works.
God encourages us to capture every thought and make it obedient to Christ – 2 Corinthians 10:5
Knowing how your mind-chatter works enables you to influence it. It explains much about how we perceive and react to the world. It also influences how others perceive and react to us. It is the pathway to change.
This self-awareness exercise helps us manage ourselves emotionally. It also enables us to manage others’ perceptions of us. Imagine how much easier it is to acknowledge how we can misperceive and misjudge situations when armed with enhanced self-awareness.
Don’t miss the link between what we think and how we feel. God gave us feelings as a doorway to Him and our soul. When you examine your thinking, what do you feel? Take that feeling to God and ask Him to reveal what He wants you to learn.
God wants you to be your best you possible. He will help you get there. Seek and you will find is a promise from God to all.
The more we understand our own minds, the more easily we can understand others’. This enables us to feel more empathy and compassion for others. It’s the reason why self-awareness is so valuable. We can’t connect with others well without self-knowledge and acceptance. Of course, when we connect to others and move towards acceptance, we come face to face with the need to grow our forgiveness muscle. Forgiving others and forgiving yourself is the most powerful force in the universe and creates the pathway for remarkable change and freedom!
Self-awareness – Self-knowledge – Forgiveness – Acceptance
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