“As you become more clear about who you really are, you’ll be better able to decide what is best for you – the first time around.” ― Oprah Winfrey
Much has been written on the topic of knowing yourself since the time of the ancient philosophers. Aristotle said, “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom “. Absolutely, increased self-awareness has vast benefit. And here are 3 big ones that can apply to everyone, and especially to parents of struggling kids:
- We can take care of ourselves better. To know ourselves is to become more clear about what we need, what makes us feel healthy and good, and to realize that the best thing we can do for those we love is to take care of ourselves. There is no better gift to our loved ones than to personally be all we can be – physically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. To be sure, we can’t give to anyone else what we don’t have ourselves. (Download a great audio and workbook set for more on this topic! – click HERE)
- We can interpret our own reactions much better. This will increase our chances of doing the most productive thing during trying times. Without a doubt, with struggling kids, there can be plenty to react to. The more we are in tune with our reactions, the better we can anticipate them, giving us a better chance of responding appropriately when the opportunity arises. Great stuff.
- We will know our boundaries and can hold them more firmly. The more we become aware of who we are, what our core values are, and who and what we want and need in our lives, the easier it will become to know what our boundaries should be for ourselves and for our kids. And the further good news is that once we are firm on what our boundaries should be, it is a lot easier to hold them! And especially in working with troubled kids, boundaries can be quite a challenge. So to get clarity on having and holding boundaries is mighty useful to all!
And so I urge you to start on the journey of increased self-awareness in whatever way suites you best.
Are you unsure about how to get started? Check out my Resilient Parenting Process, which utilizes the Energy Leadership Index Assessment and Debriefing as the kick start to your new self-awareness journey. This assessment/discovery process alone will be an eye opening experience, worth it 100 times over for you personally – as well as for your role as a parent! Contact me today to set up your assessment.
What are your revelations about self-awareness, and how has it help you move forward in a positive way in your life? Please share in the comments section below!
Leslie Ferris is a Certified and Credentialed Life Coach
Serving the parents of struggling tweens, teens, and young adults
Contact her today for your 1/2 complimentary discussion to explore what life coaching can do for you.
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