Doing The Good Work Tips on Self Awareness
Many people think self-awareness is for entry level professionals, however, some of the most successful people in history frequently mention it. Just like them, I believe self awareness is key to knowing where your leadership or professional journey is headed. Self awareness helps you know how others receive you and how you can BEST help others. If you want to be the best at something self awareness is just as key as self determination. Self awareness helps you know where you are strong and where you are weak. If you want to do your best work for someone else, take a look in the mirror and start by doing your best work within yourself first. Reflect on how you effect the world, how you want the world to see you, and how you can take some little steps to become the person you see yourself being. Get those SMALL WINS by doing the little everyday things that inch you closer to self actualization. Like one of my favorite icons of all time Will Smith said, "all you have to do is decide and the universe will get out of your way to make it happen." So here's a few tips to become more self aware in the workplace.
Jot Down Things About You
Write down little quick notes on your strengths & weaknesses, fears and confidence, successes & pitfalls, proudest & shameful moments, happiest & saddest times in life. I say this all the time and will continues saying it. Pen and pad is one of the oldest technologies in the world, not even the computer could put it out of business. Use the pen to actualize your dreams by capturing them in that moment. Let's be real with ourselves, with social media distractions, 100 million dollar ideas, life's daily stresses, and mindless daily task floating through our head, it's hard to genuinely catch those meaning making moments without a system to store information in our head or some kind of memory reminder.
Try Self Assessment Tools
Self assessment tools like True/Real colors, Meyers Briggs, Strengthsquest, communication style inventory, conflict resolution style inventory, self help books, articles, etc. Use these to give language to your life, way of living, personality, and approach to situations. Bring your experiences to life with these type of tools by contextualizing and categorizing yourself. Are you a maximizer, organizer, or harmonious person? Are you introverted, extroverted, extroverted introvert, or introverted extrovert? Either way, you will find it so much easier to write your resume or personal statement or have developmental conversations about yourself after using any of these tools.
Ask Someone Close To You About You
Ask a close partner, colleague, or friend to tell you something's about yourself as raw and authentic as they can. It might sting but hang in there, so you can reflect on it later. Use these as growth and development opportunities. Pending on who it is, take it with a grain of salt, but still take it. Do something with that information, help yourself be better with it by implementing a new personal strategy or setting different goals for yourself. You could unlock doors within yourself that you never knew was there!
Deep Level Reflection Through Journaling
Journal your deep level thoughts, experiences, and challenges. Google some self awareness questions to ask yourself and answer them on paper, make sure you come back and read your journal a day or two later. Good questions to ask yourself: What is my purpose in life? What are my passions? What are my goals? How can I affect the world? How do I want people to view me? These question will take you to self awareness heaven, and some people are never the same after they read their own truths on paper.
Counselor might sound taboo, seem awkward, or just plain weird but these are fully educated professionals. Counselor's sole job is to help you meet your needs, give yourself permission to allow that person to do their job in your life. Also, you will have a confidential space to figure you out. I personally like to go to a counselor that has shared my lived experience. Someone who can see the world through my lens without being fascinated by it, because they genuinely understand what I'm talking about. I say that because, I have experienced biased counselors that took me nowhere and I don't want that to happen to you.
Track your social media. Go back to when you think your life changed or was changing. That could be when you had an amazing year or a really tough year or both! Critique your post from then to now, then reflect on your life in between then and now. And of course write it down!
One on One Coaching!
If you really want the honest truth about your development get a professional coach. Find someone who can give you step by step advice and feedback. This person should be able to tell you about your professional-self and your professional strategies within seconds! There are many coaches out there, so honestly if you're going to pay for coaching, you should find someone who motivates and inspires you! Hint before hiring, a great coach should have given you their best tips and tricks and you should be able to see results in seconds, not minutes, seconds! Click My Email Today for my Multicultural Organizational Leadership and Strategic Planning Coaching or Business Coaching at firstname.lastname@example.org