To be strengthened in the Inner-man it is important to have a strong sense of Identity and and clear sense of self-awareness ( knowing "who" you are and knowing "how" you are being). The fact is, we can all be blind to and unaware of our own way of being. In order to see it, we have to be willing to take a look in the mirror and see ourselves for "how" we really are.
According to The Law of Attraction, "Self-awareness is where you can recognize your emotions and feelings as well as your abilities and preferences. It"s having an understanding of how your thoughts impact your behavior and how your behavior impacts others. In simple terms, it's understanding how your feelings can create certain behaviors which will then have an impact on those around you." This is essential to the mission and calling of the church - to care for the needs of others or as scripture says, To love God with all your heart, with all your mind and with all your strength and to love your neighbor as your self.
Self-awarenes reveals where strength is needed, where change must happen. As beleivers in Christ, we know "Truth" is required for personal growth and transformation. If you want to develop a greater self-awareness and strong inner-being (a High EQ), you must be willing to dig deep and discover the feelings, beliefs and actions that are hindering your attempt to grow and minimizing the impact you want to have on others.
Consider what the Psalmist said:
Psalm 26:2-3 - Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; Try my mind and my heart. For Your lovingkindness is before my eyes, And I have walked in Your truth.( NKJ)
Psalm 51:6 - Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom. (NKJ)
Listen to what the Prophet Jeremiah wrote in Lamentations 3:40-41 - Let us search out and examine our ways, And turn back to the LORD; Let us lift our hearts and hands To God in heaven. (NKJ)
Take a few minutes and examin yourself. Test your awareness. Begin with these 4 simple questions. Doing so, you can begin to discover things that perhaps you do not even think twice about in day to day life, and this can be a great way to start developing greater self-awareness.
Why do you avoid this certain thing?
What are you trying to achieve?
How are you feeling right now, and how is that affecting you?
How do others perceive you and feel about your actions?