One of the most common questions I get about self-awareness is, “How do I know what my true purpose is?”
This is a question I get a lot because I have also learned that this question is important to ask ourselves. To truly see ourselves as we are, we need to look at the patterns that get in our way of knowing who we truly are.
These patterns include things like how we think about money, our expectations, and our feelings about people and our desires. When we’re stuck in a rut, our patterns may not be as clear as we would like. That’s because our brains are very good at recognizing patterns and making decisions about things. In self-awareness, this pattern recognition is called meta-cognition.
What is Meta-cognition?
Meta-cognition is the ability to recognize patterns in our own behavior and to make the right decisions about them.
This is an important skill because it allows us to act a little differently when we are confronted by new situations that don’t conform to our habitual patterns. We can still act as if we are the ones being chased, or the one who is being robbed. Like everything else in life, this is something that will likely improve as we get older.
There are all sorts of scientific studies that show that meta-cognition increases with age, suggesting that the ability to recognize patterns and act accordingly is a good thing.
I think we’ve all experienced situations where our usual routine was not quite working out. But the person who was trying to do us harm changed his ways to do us harm. He was probably the same person who tried to take a bullet for us before, and who we are now trying to take a bullet for. He may have been trying to do us a favor, or maybe he was just trying to be nice.
I think our own meta-cognition is like the same thing. It only works if we are open to the possibilities of change. If we’re not open to the possibilities of change, we stay stuck in our ways.