If you want to be really good at something and live an enriched life, it’s important to have self-awareness.
WHAT IS SELF-AWARENESS?
Self-awareness, in essence, means you know your own self truly. You know the difference between who you think you are and who you actually are. Being self-aware includes knowing what you like and dislike, recognising what motivates you and even being familiar with your strengths and weaknesses.
In addition, being aware of what “rules” you live by, following those guidelines and recognising your own habits all contribute to your level of self-awareness. When you live life being self-aware, there’s little confusion. You know who you are and what you believe and what you need to be (and do) the best version of you.
BENEFITS OF SELF-AWARENESS
Being self-aware means you’re self-assured. You understand yourself thoroughly.
Self-awareness allows you to motivate yourself, manage stress, make better decisions, and can help you to lead and motivate others more effectively.
Self Awareness. Brings confidence to be real. Gives others confidence in you. Builds real and importantly trusting relationships.
~ Beverly Sherratt, i3 REAL Coach and Co-Director of Launchpad Associates
A person who knows himself well is open to and accepting of critical feedback. After all, critical feedback informs you about yourself. When someone tells us honestly and without malice what we’re doing and how we could improve, we’ve just received some valuable information that helps us be more self-aware.
Self-awareness is the absolute pre-requisite for behavioural change and personal growth/development. Once self-awareness is heightened, we are either knowingly choosing our behavioural response/action or creating the opportunity to do something different in future.
~ Kate Hargreaves, i3 REAL Coach and MD of Mosaic Partners Ltd
Career-wise, being self-aware helps us to evaluate whether a considered path caters to our core strengths and how well we will fit into a business, industry, or job-role.
Heightening your self-awareness not only unlocks your understanding of what your potential best self is, it also balances this understanding with where your potential worst self comes from. This honesty with yourself really is the key in facing all that life has to throw at us. What I have found even more enlightening in my own self-awareness journey, is that it is my greatest areas of instinctive strength that also can cause me to be weak, especially in how I relate to others. This understanding of what this is and ability to be more aware of the choices I make and the potential impact both for good and bad relational development, has been incredibly empowering.
~ Grant Henderson, MD of i3 Profiling
We asked our LinkedIn community for their definition of self awareness and you can see their thoughts here.
This is all helpful and ultimately contributes to a happy life.
But what if you haven’t thought much about these issues? What if you’re unsure of your strengths and weaknesses or what motivates you? What if you don’t know if your “wants” are your own or what you think “society” wants for you?
In that case, you might want to get to know yourself better!
HOW TO BECOME SELF-AWARE
Try answering these questions to enhance your self-awareness:
- What are your likes and dislikes?
Knowing what you prefer and don’t prefer in life will start you on the road to self-awareness. After all, if you dislike going to the theatre, it may not be a great fit for you to go. On the other hand, if you love going to the ballet or attending the opera, why not spend more of your time there?
- What motivates you?
Are you motivated by love, personal interest or money? Do you have to love your job to perform it to the best of your ability?
- Write down your strengths.
Then, write down your weaknesses. It’s important to recognise what you do well and what you can work on to improve.
- Which rules do you live by?
Some folks live by the rules of their religion. Others live by the rules their parents taught them. Knowing what you use as a standard, or ideal, in life will increase your self-knowledge.
- Review your habits.
Everyone has habits – those things you do repeatedly throughout your day. Simply knowing your habits reveals more to you about yourself. Do you have a habit of twisting your hair? Or snapping your fingers? When you know your habits, you know yourself. Not to mention that if you like, you can change them. But awareness is required in order to adjust your habits in any way.
- Openly accept feedback from others.
When you’re lucky enough to have those around you willing to honestly give you input and feedback on your actions and behaviours, you’ll get another perspective on yourself, which enhances your self-awareness.
The more self-knowledge you have, the more consciously you’ll live your life. And living consciously is the healthier, happier way to go.
When you’re in touch with who you are, your day-to-day life gains great clarity. So it makes sense to increase your self-awareness to enjoy a more rewarding life experience.
STRUGGLING WITH SELF-AWARENESS?
The original i3 personality assessment tool was created to do two things, increase self-awareness and enable stronger relationships (team building).
This assessment can be completed in just 15-20 minutes but its effects will last a lifetime. Taking into account 7 Individual Instinctive Indicators (i3), the assessment will reveal a totally unique combination for each person as well as provide insight into the environment they are likely to be most productive and fulfilled within – no two results generated from the assessment are the same.
Find an i3 REAL coach near you to start your journey to self-awareness: https://www.i3profiling.com/accredited-associates/
LOOKING TO ADD A SELF-AWARENESS TOOL TO YOUR BUSINESS?
i3 is a full Organisational Development tool that will support you with the whole talent management, succession planning and employee development life-cycle.
Raising both self and social awareness, becoming accredited in the i3 assessment tools will help with the intervention and implementation of relevant learning and development programmes, whilst providing HR/OD teams, coaches, business leaders, and hiring managers, a range of people management and career coaching
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