Note: The definitions below may not always conform to the strict Oxford English dictionary definitions.
(Self) Awareness is a consciousness of your present reality.
Reminds me of grandpa stating fact “You exhibit effective communication”, “You do not delegate and your employees don’t like that” “Your stress shows under pressure.” “You are good regional manager”. Yes, grandpa Awareness is not judgmental, he does not care if your traits are good or bad, he simply states the facts as they are right now and demands you do the same.
(Self) Affirmation is the positive vocalization of that awareness coupled with your destination.
Now grandma Affirmation hears everything grandpa Awareness said, but she chooses to focus on the positive not just in the present but in the future. She exclaims “You are a great country manager” well before your interview for that post. She gives you ‘side eye’ if your statements are passive like “I am kinda a good manager sometimes”. She is bold and she is visionary.
(Self) Acknowledgement states “your awesome but there are some negative aspects of your life that need to change”
Acknowledgement is the fraternal twin of grandpa Awareness and a good mate of grandma Affirmation. You see she hears your affirmation and she is aware of where you are now; she knows there is a gap. She will tell you to”address how you handle pressure so that you can be a great country manager”
(Self) Action declares “I will take active steps to change the negatives I acknowledge, while continuing to affirm positive truths”
Now Action is the offspring of Acknowledgement. He is that young man with a drive for self improvement. She is the young lady with a plan to close the gap between her present reality and the future she wants.
This family of As (Awareness, Affirmation, Acknowledgment and Action) may seem like an odd bunch but they are pretty awesome companions. Below is a youtube clip of me hanging out with them.
If you listened that video, you may think I am turning this into a fitness blog about my journey to loose weight. I can assure you that is not the case, there will be no pictures of me eating seaweed while attempting to do push-ups (even if that has comedic value).
No, this blog is a reminder to you, my amazing and talented readers that improving yourself will never take away from your awesomeness. You can be content with who you are right now and still strive to be better in the future.
Below a picture of a happy and rather rubenesque me.
Have a wonderful week everyone!