Why A Blog Focused on Self-Awareness?
The more I learn about human nature, the more I understand how many factors are working against our happiness. With confusing emotions, an all-consuming society, and outdated thought patterns rooted in our evolutionary DNA, it can be pretty easy to lose track of ourselves.
I’ve certainly lost myself in feelings of fear, insignificance, and anxiety.
There are two things, however, that can help us find ourselves again.
We can improve our self-awareness, and we can be more vulnerable.
By embarking on a self-discovery journey, we can learn who we are, what we need, and how to create a purposeful life.
You might have already searched for these answers – but there’s a reason that they haven’t worked.
You’ve been looking outward for answers when you should’ve been looking inward.
You don’t need someone telling you the answers. What you really need is better questions.
Questions can unlock the self-awareness and vulnerability you need to transform your life.
It’s not easy to trust yourself at first. For much of my life, I looked outward for answers. I googled, “What is the meaning of life?” I asked friends, “Do you think I should do this?” I modeled my behavior off what I thought a female should look like.
It wasn’t until I turned my self-discovery questions inward that I started to find what I needed. And it wasn’t until I became more vulnerable that I realized what was missing in my relationships.
I don’t have the answers for you – because you don’t need someone else’s answers. What this blog can give you is a series of questions and information about human behavior to improve your self-awareness and lead a more vulnerable life.
Believe me when I say that the effects are life-changing.
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Who’s the one who keeps asking all the questions?
That’d be me: Kara McDuffee. I’ve always been good at asking deep questions. Through my own self-discovery journey, I found what fills me with purpose:
I give questions to help others improve their self-awareness.
Self-awareness, I’ve realized, is the thing that can single-handedly change our lives the most. It’s through self-awareness that we can discover our purpose.
That’s why I’ve spent much of my time teaching myself about human behavior and what gets in the way of our self-awareness. You could say that I’m a nonfiction book junkie with a heavy dose of podcasts on the side.
I spend my days helping my high school students find their voice, and I spend my nights helping people like you find your answers.
Learning to be self-aware in my own life
Self-awareness presents a bit of a paradox. You need to possess a basic level of self-awareness to realize that you’re not self-aware.
Let me save you some trouble: you’re not self-aware. (Okay, maybe a Yoga Guru is, but other than that, no dice).
And that’s okay – it’s not your fault. Humans aren’t wired to be self-aware. In fact, everything about our emotions and evolutionary wiring makes it incredibly difficult to be self-aware.
It wasn’t until my mid-twenties that I began to realize just how not self-aware I was.
Through curiosity and self-trust, I looked back at some of my past decisions and finally saw what factors might have caused them. My confusing emotions became a little bit less of a mystery to me.
And I’m still not fully self-aware. As I said, our nature makes it almost impossible to be so. But self-awareness lets me create my life in a way that brings me purpose and joy. (A life fueled by creating things like custom board games and eBooks on self-discovery.)
I don’t know everything. And my values and purpose will continue to evolve. However, now I have an insurmountably better understanding of my underlying emotions and motivators. I can identify my negative thought patterns and stop them before spiraling too far. I can be more authentic in my relationships and prioritize a sense of belonging. I can tune out the cultural narratives and myths that kept me feeling insignificant and anxious.
Fortunately for me (and maybe you), that life includes writing this blog and asking questions to help others discover their self-awareness.
Why do questions help us improve our self-awareness?
I believe questions are at the core of all learning. They help us to explore ourselves and the world, expanding both in life-changing ways.
Questions can lead to understanding, innovation, connection, empathy, confidence, happiness. Humanity.
They jumpstart our self-discovery and unlock our self-awareness.
How do they do this, you ask?
What a great question. Your world just got a little bigger by asking it.