True self-awareness takes courage. We have to be ready to look within and find things we don’t like and / or feel unable to change. Sometimes self-awareness can feel more like a punishing party. This is why I am a huge advocate for COMPASSIONATE self-awareness. The practice of looking within, reflecting on actions and words with a strong dose of compassion.
When we receive external feedback, it may come with a strong dose of compassion and kindness, and sometimes it doesn’t. You may have been told you are too harsh, too bossy, or too controlling. When it comes from one person, listen and assess. When it comes from two people, listen harder. When it comes from three people, pause and REALLY listen. Is what they are saying true? If so, can I do anything about it?
Self-awareness helps us to align with our values. If we are not self-aware, how can we know we are being the person we would like to be?
What blocks have you had to self-awareness? Share in comments if you feel comfortable to do so
Reference: Eurich, T. (2019). What Self-Awareness Really Is (and How to Cultivate It). [online] Harvard Business Review. Click here