Self-awareness, situational awareness, emotional awareness. Mastering each of these is important in the development of mature, thoughtful, and caring human beings.

Understanding that we are the sum total of our experiences can help us become more self-aware, enabling us to move beyond our current limitations. Understanding the roots and creation stories of our current environments — be they supportive, demeaning, challenging — offers the key to situational awareness and how to adapt. Being aware of our emotional triggers — for example asking ourselves a simple question like “do I want to be right or effective?” — provides valuable insight into how to deal with stress, fear or other factors that motivate emotional reactions.

Seth Godin, brilliantly offers a perspective that challenges us to think about our awareness — and our actions — and to be our best selves.

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