Self-awareness is a major factor in achieving a better quality of life. Knowing your flaws and faults as well as how to overcome them is critical to living a happy and healthy life.
Step 1: Find Your Weaknesses
The first step to being aware of your faults is to discover your weaknesses. Once you know them, find a way to use them to your advantage. They become a strength instead of a downfall.
Being aware of your faults does not mean beating yourself up for them. On the contrary, it means you’re human, as an earlier article discussed. Faults are not a bad thing. As human beings, we all have them. Our job is to use them positively instead of allowing them to affect our lives negatively.
Step 2: Accept Help From Others
This step can be particularly hard for some individuals, especially those with a strong desire to be in control.
Finding your faults isn’t always easy due to the fact that you see yourself in a different way than the people around you. For instance, if you have high levels of insecurity, you may give yourself faults that you don’t actually possess. Asking a close friend or a professional for help in locating your weaknesses can be an extremely vital part of self-awareness.
If you were to ask your significant other or best friend what your biggest fault is, do you have any idea what they would say? Doing this can give you a good starting point from someone you trust. For example, if they say that you tend to be overly sensitive, you can use this information to create a strength.
Being aware of your sensitivity allows you to act rationally when you feel yourself getting emotional over a comment or action from someone else, especially if the person responsible meant no intentional harm.
Step 3: Create A Coping Strategy
For some faults, they occur during certain situations or circumstances. If you know that your main fault is getting angry when a certain event occurs, prepare yourself with coping mechanisms to keep your cool during these times.
Giving yourself the tools to be better equipped to handle these situations will allow you to turn your faults into strengths much easier.
Coping is a huge part of mental health, and strategies – which can be physical and mental – allow you as an individual to be aware of yourself and your responses to things going on around you. These mechanisms are among the first things that professionals will teach their patients because they can be so helpful in daily life. If you understand how to overcome situations, you are less likely to respond with weakness, something that will be a huge strength towards your mental health and perseverance when things get hard and trials appear.
Step 4: Practice Practice Practice
You won’t be able to reverse your faults right away. It’s a little more complicated than that. It might take some time to discover your faults and subsequently use them to your advantage.
Once you discover your weaknesses, train yourself to find them in your everyday life. Once you locate your faults, you will be able to learn when they come on, how to avoid them, and what to do instead.
When you find yourself in situations where your faults arise, practice using more rational, healthy reactions and responses. Instead of defaulting to your normal response, practice thinking the situation through and answering in a more positive way.
This does not mean accepting mistreatment or bad behavior from those around you. It means answering in the most productive way that will allow you, as well as the other party, to escape the situation with the least amount of harm.