What do I mean by ‘self-awareness’? Is it knowing that you are who you are and where you belong? Or about your attributes and skills? Or your favourite things and interests?
It is all those things and more.
Knowing who you are and what you need to be your best mean you can create your most favourable environment, and manage situations to best effect for yourself. That isnt to say it needs to be at the expense of others – in fact, it means you will be more likely to have more tolerance of other people and their needs and so improve relationships accordingly.
Once you know you have specific needs and how to cater for them, why and how this will benefit you – then you can be more understanding of the needs and options for other people you interact with, and learn to develop mutually beneficial circumstances for a win-win situation.
Looking at your preferred way of behaving – from considering decisions to making allowances for attributes you want to change as you develop and grow – means you can manage or even create environments that meet your needs.
For example, if you prefer to write notes in meetings or training then carrying a pen and pad means you always have the tools you need to make the most of the information you hear or see, and can be used to ‘revise’ knowledge so that you can learn it effectively and long lasting memory that you call on when you need it.
Or maybe you can see the big picture in plans but not get down to the nitty gritty, the smaller details that make the vision happen; then you can develop a team or a mentor who can help you to develop the skills or to cater for that aspect of your project, whether a one off or a business you want to develop.
There are large and small ‘needs’ we all have that can either enhance or restrict our personal and professional development, and becoming more self-aware means you can better understand your needs and cater for them on a day to day basis, and develop resources you currently lack.
There is a workshop on 1st March 2012 on The Benefits of Self Awareness benefits with NLP preferences as well as a Colour my Life demonstration by a colleague which is just one aspect of self awareness that can benefit you – your image, branding or personal confidence using the colours that suit you best.