Report after report reminds us how important it is to be self-aware. One of the foundational components of Emotional Intelligence, self-awareness enables us to know our triggers, and what it takes for us to open our minds to new and different experiences and people.

To become more self-aware, regularly, take a few minutes to connect with your inner world. Start by taking three to five minutes at a time to notice your inner dialogue. Sit quietly and tune in to the thoughts, emotions and physical sensations. It’s that’s simple.

Get into the habit of starting and ending your day with this brief exercise. It also comes in handy when you’re in the heat of the moment and about to lose it. Instead of allowing the energy of the moment to control you, find a quiet place, breathe and turn inward.

This easy-to-do-anywhere practice is how the already self-aware stay in charge of self. Join the club. Membership pays tremendous dividends.