The concept of personal development means different things to different people. As a whole, it can be defined as undertaking activities that benefit and increase your awareness and build on your identity. With the busy schedules that overtake many people’s lives, taking time out to reflect about ourselves is not high on the list of most people’s things to do. Not taking the time to examine ourselves or not taking note of unflattering feedback about ourselves leads to many people having a low sense of self-awareness. However, taking the time to really examine this can be beneficial in the long term as it increases a person’s judgment and can lead to great opportunities both personally and professionally. There are several key areas where self-awareness can be improved so read on if this is an area that you are keen to tackle.
When was the last time you had a good think about the type of personality that you have? If you closely examine what your strengths and weaknesses are about your personality you can take advantage of situations that suit you while avoiding those that do not. Introverts, for example, do not do well in sales careers and will suffer a lot of stress if placed in this situation. However, extroverts will thrive in sales and should take the time to develop these skills for fully so as to have a very successful career path open to them.
Have you considered lately what your main values are? Do you place spending time with the family high on your list but you find that this time gets eroded due to too many items on your daily to-do list? When your key values are not being met on a daily basis, it is difficult to feel like you have achieved much throughout the day. The more often values are focused on, the more often you will feel that you did something important and worthwhile.
Have you noticed that you have habits? Everybody has habits and they differ on an individual basis. If you are self-aware of what habits negatively impact on your interaction with other people, you can commence a course to break that habit. As an example, if you are in a leadership position but you constantly make decisions without consulting others around you, you are not opening yourself up to the possibility of even better ideas being fed to you by your staff. By breaking this habit, you could open up a whole new and more effective way of doing things.
When an individual takes the time to be self-aware of what makes them tick, then they can change the bad and enhance the good facets of themselves. This can only be of benefit in enabling the person to better tackle all aspects of their lives. Take the time to reflect about you for a change and look for areas that you would like to strengthen or improve on. Once you open up this journey of personal development, you will be quite fascinated about what you find.
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