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How to Practice Self-Awareness (Ep. 286)

Welcome to the first episode of 2020. Today, we’re talking about self-awareness: both how it might be useful and some things to think about if you want to improve your own.

Self-awareness can help you calm down before spiraling into frustration. It can let you know whether you still truly enjoy something you’ve done for years, or if you’ve grown uninterested. Self-awareness can help you maintain and improve your relationships with other people.

Perhaps most importantly, it can also help you maintain and improve your relationship with yourself.

Who are you?


Let’s think about it.

Things mentioned in this episode:

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Other things we mentioned in this episode:

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  • 0:01:38 – Martin’s habit tracking system
  • 0:11:20 – Different kinds of self-awareness
  • 0:17:57 – Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills)
  • 0:20:43 – Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills)
  • 0:27:14 – Emotional self-awareness
  • 0:49:03 – Gaining self-awareness from experience
  • 1:01:06 – Interactions with other people
  • 1:18:17 – Conclusion

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