Exercise: Level of Awareness

“What is a demanding pleasure that demands the use of ones mind!  Not in the sense of problem solving, but in the sense of exercising discrimination, judgment, awareness.”
– Ayn Rand

“I cannot conceive of a God who rewards and punishes His creatures, or has a will of the kind that we experience in ourselves.  Neither can I nor would I want to conceive of an individual that survives his physical death; let feeble souls, from fear or absurd egoism, cherish such thoughts.  I am satisfied with the mystery of the eternity of life and with the awareness and a glimpse of the marvellous structure of the existing world, together with the devoted striving to comprehend a portion, be it ever so tiny, of the Reason that manifests itself in nature.”
– Albert Einstein

“What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.”
– Abraham Maslow


Awareness is a key factor to understanding ourselves.  It enables us to create good alternatives for the future and to decide on the right one.  The first important step in awareness is to have awareness about our awareness.

Awareness is a never-ending process.  You can never become fully aware of all the things that have made you who you are.  What areas of your life are you very aware of?


“I am aware of my need to sleep at least seven hours per night.”
“I am aware that I need to feel financial safety.


What areas of your life could you be more aware of?


“I am aware that I have never been really ill, so I do not fully appreciate my health.”
“I am aware that I am going to retire in nine years and that this will change my life dramatically.”


Look back at the mother and father exercises from earlier.  If you found few good qualities in your parents, you will most likely have low awareness about them.  Use the earlier exercise answers as a guide to the above questions.

How can I increase my awareness about myself?


“I have lately increased my awareness about where I come from and my family history.”
“I am very much aware about my financial situation; after all I am an accountant.”
“I am not fully aware about the importance of children.  I do not have any children, so my level of awareness is low on this aspect of life.”


Realize that we all have areas where we are highly aware and others where we can increase our awareness.

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Table of Contents

I. Chapter One: Introduction to Life Planning

II. Chapter Two: Your Past

III. Chapter Three: The Influence Of Generations

IV. Chapter Four: Your Present

V. Chapter Five: Your Future

VI. Chapter Six: Your Alternatives

VII. Chapter Seven: Making The Decision

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