As you become more clear about who you really are, you’ll be better able to decide what is best for you – the first time around.
~ Oprah Winfrey ~
When many people think about self-awareness, they focus on personal skills. They imagine how to improve their personal skills as they relate to happiness and relationships.
Self-awareness is great for that. The more self-aware you are, the better position you are in to make good decisions and take specific actions designed to improve your relationships and level of happiness.
However, self-awareness can support every aspect of your life, both personal and professional.
- Making the Best Career Choices
Knowing yourself can help you identify a great career path, make a career change, or start a business that you find satisfying and rewarding.
When you know yourself you know:
- What you want from life
- Your strengths and weaknesses
- What motivates you
- How you relate to others
- How you see yourself fitting in
- Your work style
- How you learn
Self-awareness gives you a powerful tool to put in your toolbox for designing a career or starting a business focused on what matters most to you.
There are a variety of tools you can use to determine the best path for designing or rebuilding your career or life. Using more than one will give you a well-rounded picture of who you are. You can…
- Complete a Personal Insights Profile
- Conduct a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) assessment
- Talk to people you trust. Ask for their objective feedback about your strengths, weaknesses and behavior style
See if you can identify patterns or themes. Are you seen as a good listener? Do people find you inspiring? Are you a loyal colleague or friend? Patterns and themes are useful tools for helping you brand yourself when rebuilding your career or starting a business.
- Rebuilding Your Career or Starting a Business
Self-awareness gives you the ability to listen with an open mind. You’re capable of receiving feedback without getting defensive, shifting blame, or feeling like you’re being attacked.
Self-awareness makes you capable of taking complete responsibility for your work. You have the ability to both enjoy praise and respond positively to criticism.
You’ll learn to focus on your strengths and downplay your weaknesses. You’ll allow yourself to ask for help when you need it. You’ll understand how to find the right support from people who have your weaknesses as their strengths.
You work well on a team because you know who you are and what you’re good at. That gives the team confidence and increases efficiency because everyone is able to focus on the task at hand.
- Listening to Your Inner Voice
Self-awareness give you the ability to hear your inner voice. You’ll trust yourself to know when something is right for you and when it isn’t.
You’ll make better decisions for rebuilding your career or life based on what matters most to you. You’ll avoid making choices that don’t fit your strengths and interests.
Self-aware people are willing to push their limits and test their boundaries. They achieve more because they’re willing to take risks and they’re not afraid of failure. They see failure as an opportunity to grow and learn.
Are you in a career rut? Are you looking to rebuild your career into one that fits your goals, needs, strengths and personality?
Take time to look inside. Take steps to learn more about who you are and become more self-aware.
Performing self-awareness exercises, working with a coach, and tapping into your inner knowledge will give you inspired insights for rebuilding your career based on who you are and what you want.
Are you ready to shorten your path to success in rebuilding your career, improving your life, or starting your business? Self-awareness is sexy! Get started by contacting me to schedule your Personal Insights Profile.