Many teens and young adults know what they want for their futures but don’t know how to get there. Others don’t know what they want and have no idea how to figure it out. No matter where teenagers fall on that continuum, developing self-awareness skills are essential.
Self-awareness enables us to understand our strengths/weaknesses, interests/aversions, and values. It is a critical skill that helps teens make informed decisions about their future and set more effective goals.
Self-awareness helps teens identify their strengths and weaknesses.
When dreaming about the future, it is crucial for teens to identify their strengths and weaknesses. Knowing what they are good at and what areas need improvement helps them better understand what it would take to achieve their dreams. Self-awareness helps teens identify their talents, skills, and abilities, which can be utilized to create meaningful dreams that align with their values and interests.
Self-awareness helps teens identify their interests.
Teens are at a stage in their lives where they are discovering who they are, what they like, and what they want to do. Self-awareness helps teens identify their interests and passions, which can be used to set meaningful goals. When teens have dreams and set goals that align with their interests, they are more likely to stay motivated, engaged, and committed.
Self-awareness helps teens identify their values.
Values are principles or beliefs that guide behavior and decision-making. When teens set goals and dreams that align with their values, they are more likely to feel a sense of purpose and fulfillment. Self-awareness helps teens identify who they are and what they stand for. Dreams and goals that do not represent their values will bring about stress and conflict in their lives.
What Are Their Hopes and Dreams?
Talking and listening to your teenager can help them immensely while they try to sort this all out. Let them know how you found your way. Talk to teens about their values, interests, and abilities. Most of all, reassure them that if they should stumble and fall along the way, you will be there to listen and love.