self-a·ware·ness -noun- conscious knowledge of one's own character, feelings, motives, and desires. (Google)
Google Self-Awareness and Success and you'll find "about 9,760,000" results.
Simply stated.... self-awareness and success are highly correlated.
Think of a sport, musical instrument, subject area or hobby your student enjoys....
When they first started engaging in this activity, it's likely they didn't know much about the area and so they began working with someone more knowledgeable while watching and practicing. They probably worked on areas of weakness to improve their proficiency and mastery, this was likely with the guidance of a coach or teacher.
It's fun when we are good at something! And when we are good, we tend to have a higher level of confidence in ourselves, not just that particular area.
Now think about..... your student. What is it about that activity that is so appealing to your student? What is their core motivation? What about that activity does your student love most? When was a time they felt in a "flow" state? How have their behaviors and choices impacted their outcomes? What matters to them most?
Students tend to spend time focusing their attention on getting better at some"thing" without understanding their core motivations, learning styles, values, behaviors, strengths and weaknesses..... all part of self-awareness.
Increasing their self-awareness will provide the foundation necessary to make choices and decisions from an intentional, authentic and purposeful place while being able to adapt to life's challenges.
"As my awareness increases, my control over my own being increases."
- Will Schutz