Have you ever been around someone who possesses great self-awareness?

It's refreshing. 

When someone is self-aware, they're willing to take an honest look at themselves. They know their strengths and weaknesses, and they work on these areas so they can perform better. They take criticism well which reveals they are teachable and humble. They are also more willing to understand others - empathy. 

In addition, they understand their emotions. They don't let their feelings rule them (this is something I have to keep working on.) They're confident, and their emotions don't get out of control all the time.

For me, when I meet someone with great self-awareness, I feel safer around them. And they are easier to talk to. They inspire me to become more like them. And I want to see our teens become these people as well. If our teens can develop a strong sense of self-awareness, I think they will be more successful in life. 

So how do we help them develop this?

Check out this article. There are some great tips. Also, listen to my podcast below. My friend, Denise Rezsonya and I, discuss self-awareness as it relates to our teens. 

David Roux is an Academic Life Coach for teens in Fishers, IN. For more information, check out