Humans possess the unique quality of awareness. Not only can we hold a thought, but we can simultaneously be aware we are holding that thought. Awareness allows us to change.
The first level of Emotional Intelligence (EI) is awareness. Self-awareness creates the platform for self-management.
The second level of Emotional Intelligence is social awareness. Social awareness creates the platform for relationship management.
For difficulties in either level, ask yourself – What am I not aware of?
This requires you to be quiet and observe – What am I not clearly seeing, clearly hearing, clearly feeling?
This requires defined periods of focused introspection – What is the cause of my response to the events around me? What is the influence to my behavior?
Awareness is that gap between stimulus and response, between what is coming at us and how we respond to it. In that gap is our choice. In that gap is awareness.
We have the unique ability to be aware. Awareness can have a powerful impact on the problems we solve and the decisions we make.