• Becky Upchurch

How Do You Create Self-Awareness?

Are you looking for ways to connect to your innermost self?


Do you want to increase your awareness of who you are and what you want?


Are you seeking resources for self-growth and self-development?


I have always been drawn to the written word, even as a child, so it should come as no surprise to me that journaling is one of my favorite ways to connect with myself more deeply. However, that was not always the case! In fact, I was never that person who had a diary growing up, nor did I do much written reflecting, at least not consciously. In fact, I mostly just went about my days relying on my gut and doing the things I thought I wanted to do.


After discovering my morning journaling practice, so much of that has changed! Do I still try to go about my days following my gut and allowing it to help guide my choices? Of course! But what is different is that my gut is now much more focused because I feel much more connected to who I am and what I want. Rather than being influenced by my environment, those around me, or societal constructs around what I SHOULD do, want, etc., I am able to drown out some of the unnecessary “background noise” and focus instead on what I know to be true about who I am, what I want, and what resonates most deeply with my values. If it weren’t for my daily journaling practice, I would not have the level of self-awareness that I do today.


If you’re looking for a way to increase YOUR self-awareness, I encourage you to explore different options to see what works for YOU. Everyone is different, so it’s important to take the time to figure out what things resonate with you. That said, here are a few ideas to get you started:


Reading

While I am a firm believer that the truest form of growth comes from WITHIN us, I have also found great value in exploring the wisdom of others as I work to listen to my own inner voice. Whether it be learning from another’s mistakes, picking up a few pearls of wisdom gleaned along someone else’s journey, or just looking at a topic in a new way, being exposed to the experiences, ideas, and thoughts of others can have a profound effect on our lives.


Meditation

While I realize that this has become a hot topic and something of a trend in recent years, the reason for this lies in the power of meditation to shift people’s lives and perspectives. If you are new to the idea of meditation, I encourage you to explore it a bit, as many options for meditation exist, and not everything resonates the same way for everyone. You can start with a breathing-focused meditation, incorporate walking meditation into your routine, try a meditation app such as Headspace or Insight Timer, or look online for meditation-related videos and supports. Regardless of what you decide to try, I encourage you to let go of the idea that there is a “right” way to meditate or that it is some fancy, overly complicated thing and instead just be open to making the practice your own and doing it in ways that work for you.


Journaling

Putting pen to paper can be a GREAT way to dig deep, get in touch with yourself, and work through whatever is going on in your life. Often when we take the time to explore our thoughts and feelings in writing, we discover that there’s a lot more going on than meets the eye. These insights often provide us with the “aha” moments that are needed to help drive the change we want to see in our lives. If you think journaling might resonate with you, grab yourself a notebook, a pretty journal, or even just a piece of paper and get going! You can find TONS of free journal prompts online around a variety of topics, including my “5 Days of Journaling for Self-Discovery” workbook, which is available to you for FREE at https://www.highergoodcoaching.com/free-offer


Coaching

I recently shared an email I received from a client telling me about the positive impact our coaching sessions have had on her life. While it was humbling and beyond flattering to read her words, it also reinforced what I knew to be true about the power of coaching: it can literally empower you to transform your life. If you are ready to change your life but feel like the things you’ve tried in the past just aren’t working anymore and that you’re at a loss with how to move forward, I’d love to see how I might be able to help! Email me at Becky@highergoodcoaching.com to set up a complimentary clarity call and see if coaching might be right for you!

What are some ways you can connect with yourself?

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