I am a big believer in the power of self-awareness. Self-awareness is a skill that can help us make better decisions, and it can help us overcome our fears, especially when they arise. Self-awareness is the thing that helps us recognize our strengths and weaknesses. If you have been struggling with self-awareness for awhile, it’s time to break out of your rut and take action.
I can’t tell you how many people I know who have been on for a while and then find themselves struggling with self-awareness. I’m talking all the way from the young teen who never had a problem with her self-awareness to the older, more mature woman who used to be able to recognize every emotion and attitude in the room and then realized she was incapable of expressing them in a real conversation.
This is the thing about self-awareness that it’s not about what you want to be, but what you are. It’s about being yourself even when it’s difficult and even when you are not at ease. Being true to who you are is the first thing that will make you feel more comfortable.
Now we see that the issue is not self-awareness, but self-deception. When you are trying to be who you are, you will naturally try to cover up the real you, the real you that can be seen and felt, the real you that you are not. You will start to believe that you are not who you are, which then means you are not who you think you are. You will start to think you are something else.
What was once a way to cover up our real selves is now a way to hide our real selves from the world. I’m not saying that all lies are bad, but when you start believing things that you don’t believe, you will no longer be able to make sense of what is going on around you. You may be at ease with what you think you are, but you will be unable to make sense of what is really going on.
In a society where lies are accepted and accepted easily, the temptation to believe lies is too great for anyone to be able to resist. So the question is, just what is a lie? We are all liars, we all tell lies. Some of us are good liars and others are terrible liars, and even good liars can fall prey to the temptation to believe bad things.
In real life, if you lie to someone, you lie to yourself. If you are lying to someone, then you have lied to yourself. This is because lies can be difficult to see and understand, so you need to get rid of the lie as soon as you can. In the same way, if you tell some truths that are true, you will never know.
In an interesting article, Leslie Bovee, a former CIA analyst (yes, they do exist) and author of the recent book The Lie Factory: Inside the CIA’s Secret Roles and Practices, says that the biggest lie she has ever been told was that she was a spy. When she was 18, she was in college, studying English literature, and her English professor told her that she was a spy. The lie was so powerful and convincing that she told it over and over again.
When she told it to her parents, she said it was her favorite lie she ever told. It’s been so ingrained in her that she says she can’t stop thinking about it.
The book explains that she was never actually a spy, but instead was a spy for an organization named MI6. She was sent to England and then to Germany, where she worked undercover as a spy, passing on information about the British government to various British intelligence agents, including MI6.