A phrase that has crossed my mind in the past few days is “The Three Levels of Self-Awareness.” The phrase refers to the fact that we go through a variety of stages during our lives. Some are passive, some are engaged, and some are engaged. Some are aware of themselves, some are unaware, and some are not aware.
There are three stages of self-awareness: Self-awareness, Self-awareness without awareness, and Self-awareness with awareness. The three levels may seem like a confusing set of terms, but they’re actually really easy to explain. Let’s see them in action.
We could go through a list of things we know we are, but then we would have to go through a list of things we do not know we are. For example: I am aware that I am currently sitting in front of this computer, typing, which is my current level of self-awareness. I am aware that I am currently listening to music, which is a stage I am not aware of.
This isn’t a bad thing though, because we tend to overestimate our awareness. This is why so many of our behaviors, habits, and routines fall short when we don’t pay attention to them. With awareness we realize we are doing something and stop ourselves from doing it again. I believe this awareness is key to changing our habits and routines in our life, so that we avoid falling into the trap of self-awareness.
It also happens that we have many behaviors that we are not aware of or recognize that we are doing. The more you dont recognize you dont recognize yourself, the fewer you will be able to do that. As you become aware of who you are when you dont recognize yourself, the more you will notice their presence, the less you will notice yourself.
The key to changing our habits and routines is recognizing our own habits, routines, and impulses. In order to do that you need to know what you are doing. We call it “awareness” because the more you know, the less you will be surprised every time you start something new.
The first thing you need to do is recognize your own habits, routines, and impulses. To be able to recognize them, first you need to become aware of them. Then you need to know what they are and do something about it. As you do, you can continue to practice awareness. Once you are aware of your own impulses, routines, and habits, you can practice awareness of the impulse to be on autopilot in order to avoid them.
We all have habits, routines, and impulses. Some of them we may not even realize or even know about, but many of them we do. The problem is when we don’t recognize them, we don’t know how to stop. It’s the same thing with our habits, routines, and impulses. We can usually stop them by not becoming aware of them. But in order to stop them completely, we need to learn how to stop recognizing them.
One of my favorite quotes from the book that explains this concept is “When you don’t know how to stop, you stop.” The problem is that when we stay on autopilot, we dont know how to stop. There’s a line that says, “No time is wasted that you can’t stop.” What people often forget is that we often have to stop in order to stop ourselves from being distracted and from acting from impulses and habits.
Self-awareness is a hard skill to learn. It takes a lot of conscious effort, much of which will never be fully practiced. If you have a moment of conscious thought like, “I wonder if I should stop,” you have to find a way to stop, even if it means you spend more time thinking about it than actually doing something about it.