If you’re new to learning about the different areas of self-development, then you may have asked yourself, “What exactly is self-awareness?”

Self-awareness can be defined as the ability to perceive yourself consciously and objectively.

It’s a valuable trait to develop because how self aware you are plays a part in how you experience life. It’s connected to how you treat others, and how much you can control the quality of your life – despite any circumstance.


Complete self-awareness has two parts to it: internal and external.

Internal self-awareness is when you have come to know your own values, strengths and weaknesses.  You’ve also learned to control your emotions, understanding how they relate to your actions and outcomes.

External self-awareness is the ability to recognise how others perceive you, and to adjust your actions. This makes you able to have the impact you desire.

Of course, no one can see themselves exactly as everyone else sees them.  But you may have a general sense of how you’re viewed within particular groups of people.  If you have a total misperception of how you affect others, this can be a major pitfall in your dealings with them. 

Throughout life, we come across some people who are extremely self-aware, while some seem to have no self-awareness at all. Most of us fall somewhere in between. 

However, many of us believe that we’re more self-aware than we really are. The reality is, without putting in the work to actively practice self-reflection and mindfulness, most people will never reach peak self-awareness.

Transformative programs like Tony Robbins Unleash the Power Within are a fantastic way to further develop your levels of awareness.


These 6 traits below are often seen in those people who are highly self-aware:

  • Humility. Self-aware people realise that just as they have strengths, they also have weaknesses. They understand the need to seek to know what they didn’t previously know.
  • Forgiveness. Those with a higher level of awarness are more able to forgive others because they recognise that just as they don’t know everything, neither does anyone else.
  • Emotional mastery. It’s not just about being aware of your emotions – it’s having the ability to control them.
  • Growth mindset. Self-aware people want to strengthen their weaknesses for good. This growth mindset means they seek to improve themselves and the world around them.
  • Confidence. Being conscious is ultimately about being the best you can be, and a benefit is that it’s a great confidence builder.
  • Clarity. Once you develop peak self-awareness, you’ll gain the ability to see the bigger picture. You’ll feel at ease with where you fit in the puzzle of life, and see every day as a gift.