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.
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 –
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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.