The third level of self-awareness is the conscious awareness of our ability to influence the world around us.
This level can be particularly interesting when we are really on autopilot for so long that we forget we’re on autopilot. Because when we’re not even aware of our own habits, routines, impulses, and reactions, then we no longer control them. Whereas if we’re not conscious of our actions, routines, impulses, and reactions, then we don’t control us.
The fact is that we all have this awareness, but it’s usually not that well developed. For most of the time we’re on auto-pilot, we’re not even aware of what we’re doing. We use cognitive habits to help us do things, and we just end up doing the same thing over and over again. When we truly are on autopilot, we actually start to notice that we’re doing things.
Not only do we all have this awareness, but we all have things we are doing, and that are subconsciously done. The thing is, we are also unconsciously aware of the fact that we are doing something. But the thing is, like any habit, we can quit our habits, even if we feel guilty for doing it. We can stop doing something if we feel guilty.
The problem is that we have to consciously notice that we are doing something, and we have to stop doing something. We have to stop doing something and think about the why. But then we have to start again. To go back to the autopilot point. If we have been doing it for so long, we have to consciously notice that we are doing something, and we have to stop doing something and think about the why. But then we have to start again.