Courageous Living Show EP05: Awareness Is the First Step to Change

Welcome to Episode Five! In this episode, I share with you more about Awareness, which is one of the keys to opening the gate of courage. I give you here a couple of questions for self-inquiry.

This is where it all starts, because awareness is the first step to change.

You can only change what you know.

In this episode, I give you three different ways to self-inquire and to discover more about yourself and your motives in life.

So let’s dive in.

The first step is about assessing all of your different life areas.

The different life areas are: home, health, family, finances, career, friendship, leisure fine, creativity, community and spirituality.

In this step, ask yourself what’s it like in the different areas of your life.

How happy are you? What’s lacking? What do you wish would happen instead?

It’s really about becoming aware and becoming honest on what’s going on in each of these areas of your life.

Life is never perfect, so be compassionate with yourself as you assess each of these life areas.

You can do that by doing some journaling and allowing yourself to do a brain dump so you can allow your subconscious and also your heart to really say what it would like to say, without censoring yourself with what you want to say.

The second step in this awareness practice is understanding what’s your relationship like to each of these areas.

For example when it comes to your finances, is that a part of your life that you really don’t want to look into? It’s like you’ve got a major block around resolving it.

Or for example within your friendships, maybe you really enjoy seeing your friends a lot and having parties or gatherings.

And then contrast that with what’s your family situation like? Are there challenges in that in that part with your life>

And then ask yourself what do you need in each of these areas of your life to make it feel a little bit better? Where do you want to take yourself going forward?

If you had everything in life right now, what would your life look like?

And then if you find that you have needs that are not being met right now, can you identify what you actually need?

Sometimes, the biggest challenge for us is that we have a certain ideal when it comes to a certain part of our lives and we might know what we need, but we have a hard time asking it, or we have a hard time articulating what it is that we need.

The third phase in this awareness practice is to understand what’s important to you in each of these areas of your life?

For example, when it comes to your home, is it important for you for it to always be very orderly and organised. Or is it more important for you that it be a space where you have a chance to spend quality time with your family without having to have to go to on holiday.

How do you want each of these areas of your life to feel like on a day to day basis?

You can also ask yourself questions such as, “Do you feel valued? What is missing? What’s the one thing that you can bring in to improve this part of your life?”

This is really where understanding about your values in life, and what’s important to you, is really key.

When you’re becoming aware of where you’re at in your life, sometimes it can cause sadness, especially if you find that in various areas of your life, there’s not a lot of areas that you feel good about.

So I really invite you to be kind to yourself and be gentle with yourself as you unearth or discover more about where you are.

The important thing is that now you’re aware of it, you can focus towards what you really want. What do you really want to happen? How do you want to feel? How would you like your day-to-day life to change?

Life is lived, one day at a time, one moment at a time, one breath at a time.