I’m actually a bit surprised at how often I see people who are trying to use “self-awareness” to solve problems. I’ve never met anyone who actually used it successfully. Most people I know are good at hiding these feelings from others because they’re afraid of being judged, or they’re afraid of being too self-critical.
That’s a great reason to be afraid of admitting that you have self-awareness. I have yet to meet anyone who is really good at it. Because once you start, once you stop caring, and once you stop caring about what other people think, you’re left with nothing in your head.
This is why I prefer to use “thinking” as a verb. I can think about something and have a thought, but I can only think about it. If I forget to use that word, I will forget what I was thinking about. In other words, I have to focus on thinking something new.
As a result, it’s easy to get sidetracked, distracted, distracted, distracted, distracted, distracted, distracted, distracted, distracted, distracted. That’s bad. Because when you start focusing on what other people think about you you’re not just thinking about you, you’re thinking about how you want to be perceived. The opposite of that is thinking about how to please others.
Being sidetracked is another thing that goes hand in hand with being distracted. When you get sidetracked, you start focusing on other things, like where to go, where to get the best coffee, and how to be a better host. When you focus on all these other things you forget about what you were doing and start to focus on the things you are doing wrong. This results in you getting sidetracked.
The best advice I can give is don’t get sidetracked. It’s just that easy. You can stop doing whatever you were doing and start doing what you were doing wrong.