• Vernon C. Lindsay, PhD

Positive Self-awareness 101


Before you read this entry, I want you to look in the mirror and repeat these three sentences three times:

  1. I love myself.

  2. I have greatness inside of me.

  3. Nothing is impossible.

Where do you want to be in life? Where do you want to live? What do you want to do for a profession? Would you like to work for someone? Would you like to be an entrepreneur? What skills and interests do you have? Answering a series of questions like these are critical to developing positive self-awareness.

Where do I want to be in life? I want to be a recognized professional in personal development, diversity and inclusion, and well-being. What do I want to do for a profession? I want to continue this work as a workshop facilitator and writer. Would I like to work for someone or remain an entrepreneur? I am committed to the lifestyle of an entrepreneur, but I am also open to working for someone whose values, vision, products, and services are in alignment with mine. What skills and interests do I have? I have skills as a speaker, writer, martial artist, and videographer. My interests are in the fields of personal development, diversity and inclusion, and well-being. I believe that anything is possible for my family and me in this life.

A self-awareness inventory is an important first step to discovering your potential in life. It is imperative that you are clear on the desires of your life, skill set, and interests. Identifying these aspects of your life is a process that it will not happen overnight, but it begins with probing yourself to develop clarity around the vision for your life. It is perfectly normal for your vision and career objectives to change with age.

We begin to develop a future vision of ourselves from childhood. It is often heavily influenced by our family, friends, and environment. For example, when I was a child I wanted to be a firefighter, police officer, lawyer, gym teacher, professional athlete, emcee, actor, and model. I chose each of these professions due to the influences of television, my family, friends, teachers, music, and my environment. The vision for my life was not clear to me, and that’s a normal part of the growing into your best self -process.

Today, we have an opportunity to contribute to our life's best work. Take time today to answer the questions provided in the introductory paragraphs of this blog. If it 's hard to respond to these probes, ask a family member or friend how they understand your personality and skills. Often the people who are closest to our lives can reveal things about us that are the key to unlocking untapped potential. Whether you make time to complete a positive self-awareness inventory alone or with the help of others, it is important that you think positive about yourself and develop optimism about your future.

If you do not know how to think positive about yourself or optimistically with regards to your future, start with the exercise you completed before reading this blog. Look in the mirror and repeat these three sentences three times:

  1. I love myself.

  2. I have greatness inside of me.

  3. Nothing is impossible.

As you identify your life's goals and begin the work to realize the positive vision of yourself, it is essential you return to this exercise. It will be difficult at times to follow your life's vision, but you must believe that anything is possible.

Start today and work towards developing positive self-awareness. If you like this content, sign up for my monthly newsletter and follow my journey on Facebook and Instagram.

The pictures in today's entry are from my last trip to Chicago. View the vlog below!

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