Self-Awareness: A path to creating your life through Conscious Choice

by | Autumn 2024, Digitorials, Print Articles

Self-awareness is our inner mirror, reflecting the truest version of ourselves back at us. It is the awareness of our thoughts, emotions, beliefs, biases, strengths and weaknesses. It’s not only an acute sense of ‘me’ but also an understanding of how ‘me’ interacts with the ‘we’ of the world. This inner awareness is more than introspection; it’s a deep-seated understanding that guides our reactions and interactions.

Self-awareness gives us the clarity to see the choices we have, the wisdom to evaluate their consequences and the insight to understand which align with our deepest values and long-term aspirations.

But how does this awareness link to conscious choice? Conscious choice is the deliberate navigation of life’s crossroads, with self-awareness as the compass. It’s about making decisions with a full understanding of their ripple effects, both inwardly and outwardly. When we are self-aware, we can avoid being swayed by impulses or external pressures. We stand firm in the truth of our experience and the authenticity of our desires.

Self-awareness is instrumental to conscious choice because it allows us to cultivate mindfulness, ensuring that our decisions are thoughtful and responsive to the present moment. It enhances our emotional intelligence, enabling us to navigate our emotional landscape without being overtaken by it and to make choices from a place of balanced emotional understanding. It promotes authenticity, helping us to make choices that are true to ourselves and encourages alignment with our values, leading to a life of integrity and purpose. It also facilitates our growth and learning by making us aware of our limitations and areas for improvement and it supports relationship building by making us conscious of how we come across to others and understanding our impact on them.

The journey to self-awareness is not without its challenges. It requires courage to face ourselves, resilience to accept what we find and a willingness to grow from it. Yet, this journey is the most rewarding adventure we can undertake, for it unlocks the door to a more conscious, fulfilling life.

When we embrace self-awareness, not just as a destination but as a travel companion, every choice becomes an opportunity to manifest the life we envision, a step towards the life we would love to live. When you make choices consciously, each decision is not a roll of the dice but a conscious stroke on the canvas of our lives, where we are both the artist and the masterpiece.

If embarking on a self-awareness and self-mastery journey feels inspiring to you, where you feel inspired to increase your ability to create your life through conscious choice, STAR Leadership might be the perfect place for you. To find out more go to