Expand Self-Awareness

How are you doing on pausing and setting aside time for becoming more self-aware?

For a self-awareness check up it is important to develop habits and practices that you can return to on a regular basis. I have created a few questions that could be one of you adopted reflection practices.

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I’ve been writing about the importance of knowing yourself well.How self-aware are you? Have you asked others for feedback or examined your traits?

It’s hard to know how others experience you if you don’t receive feedback, which requires taking a risk and being vulnerable. With a growth mindset, however, you can open yourself to learning through conversations with trusted peers, a mentor, a coach or a 360 assessment.

 

Here are areas that merit exploring in order to expand your awareness of how you respond to situations –

Emotions

  • How do you handle emotions, both your own and others’?
  • Do you know your “hot buttons”?
  • Are you reactive or responsive?
  • Are you aware of your feelings as they arise?
  • How well do you pick up on the feelings of others?

Situations

  • How well do you read situations, climates, contexts?
  • Are you able to grasp the nature of a problem and analyze key points?
  • How curious are you about things you don’t know much about?

Failure

  • How well do you handle your own and others’ mistakes?
  • How do you assign blame?
  • Are you open to hearing feedback?
  • Do you play devil’s advocate, willingly examining your assumptions?
  • Are you vulnerable and own your responsibility in a problem?

Ego

  • Do you try to keep your ego in check?
  • Do you encourage and champion the success of others?
  • Do you express gratitude daily?
  • Do you express more positive thoughts than negative ones?
  • Are you neither too harsh nor too lax with yourself?
  • Do you to suspend judgment of other people, places, and things?

 

Self-awareness requires sensitivity to both inner and outer realities, knowing full well you perceive things through your own biases and filters. By maintaining a growth mindset, you will find the courage to ask the questions needed to listen and learn for the sake of building self-awareness.

What do you do engage in for self-awareness? I’d love to hear your experiences. Contact me or connect with me on LinkedIn.

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