The importance of self awareness

Today I wanted to talk about success in sports and the need to develop self awareness in order to do so. Self awareness is a skill set that is needed in order for an athlete to be success but rarely is it something that athletes focus on developing. I am not sure if that is because it is not flashy or maybe a lack of understanding as to why this is needed or simply not knowing it is needed. Whatever, the reason hopefully this article will help clear some of it up and help you understand why you should start to develop greater self awareness.

Different parts to self awareness

Self awareness has different parts to it and different reasons to need to develop it. First, is understanding who you are. What are you strengths & weaknesses, your values and goals. This is important because we need to know what we are good and what we need to improve for the next phase of the equation and because we need to know who we are to know if we are living a life that is congruent with who we are. It has been shown that congruency is extremely important for success in sports.

The second part to the equation is from knowing who you are you then need to look at who you need to become in order to continue to or start to be successful. Who is the person you need to develop into. Obviously we want to look within the context of what we are doing. For example, physical skills are easy to use, for me when I was growing up playing hockey in Canada, my skating was not my strongest skill set. I knew I needed to develop this skill in order to be successful in the future. It is a necessary part of hockey. I wasn’t looking to develop a skill set that wouldn’t help me in hockey. The same can be said for the mental side of the game. There are a lot of things you could develop in order to be successful or become a better person, but in order to be successful you need to understand what is most important to develop to be successful at what you are trying to be successful at. This is another instance of where we need the first part of self awareness (goals) in order to properly develop the second part. If you don’t know where you are going or what your objectives and intentions are you can’t properly know what you will need to develop to have success in sports.

Exercises to have success in sports

So if you are wanting to be a successful athlete, start by figuring out what your strengths and weakness, write them down, then figure out what your values are, and set your goals. Next based on this first step figure out 3-5 skills you need to develop to be successful in the future, and make sure to also write down how you will develop these skills. Just recognizing a need to develop a skill is step one, but you need to also know how you will develop it and then do it!

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To your success,

Kate