With today’s challenges at work—hybrid work, job instability, and many other lingering effects of the pandemic—self-awareness is more essential than ever for business success.
The more self-aware we are, the better we understand ourselves and how we interact with the world in both our professional and personal lives. Self-aware people are more productive, engaged, and successful than their less self-attuned colleagues. Read on to learn more.
Self-awareness is our ability to understand and better manage our own thoughts, feelings, motivations, values and reactions. The more self-aware we are, the better we are at making decisions, controlling our behaviors, and improving our relationships.
Internal, or private self-awareness is how well we understand our ideals, abilities and emotions. We may believe we’re lucky or unlucky, smart or not so smart, outgoing or introverted, easily upset or calm in a crisis. Internal self-awareness allows us to determine to what extent these assessments are true.
Outward, or external self-awareness is understanding how we present ourselves to the world, how we appear to others, and how outside factors influence us. The better our external self-awareness, the less concerned we are likely to be about how we are perceived by others.
Self-awareness is a skill that can be learned. It takes time to actively improve our self-awareness and separate our choices from our emotions, rather than having our emotions control us. Few of us are as self-aware as we think.
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