Accelerate Your Success with Advice From A Business Coach With A History of Achievements.
Self-Awareness and Success
- What is most important to you?
- What are your strengths?
- What do you need to work on?
How easily can you answer these questions?
Business success comes to those with self-awareness. The people who understand themselves and their effect on others. The ability to perceive yourself clearly and honestly will help you develop as a person, inspire others, and become the most successful businessperson you can be. You can use business coaching to accelerate your success through a focus on self-awareness.
What is Self-Awareness?
What do you think of when you hear “self-awareness”? For some people, it conjures up images of meditation and new age mindfulness techniques. These things can certainly help you to develop your self-awareness, but it’s much more than that. It is both knowledge and skill. It’s an understanding of your own motives, feelings, personality, and habits. You might be self-aware if you can answer questions about yourself such as “what are your weaknesses?” or “how do you cope with stress?”
But the real test is whether your answers are accurate. You can check the accuracy of your answers by asking the people closest to you or your colleagues to answer the same questions about you, and compare the results. A self-aware person is someone who can admit their faults and errors, and be aware of their personal biases. In business, one of the most important skills is to perceive and understand the emotional effect you have on your colleagues and clients. This kind of emotional intelligence is essential to success.
Why does it Matter?
As I’ve already mentioned, self-awareness is absolutely vital to success. The ability to understand how you operate gives you a real edge. You can plan for your own shortcomings and motivate your employees with a positive team environment, where they feel respected and heard. Too many managers try to motivate employees with uninformed tactics and blame their staff when team morale is low.
Being aware of the effect your words and actions have on those around you enables you to act in a way which inspires and motivates, rather than intimidates and alienates. Self-awareness is also vital for staying on track with your mission and goals for business growth. If you are saying one thing and doing another, having an honest look at yourself can help you get back to where you need to be.
As a business advisor, I see first-hand how great an impact self-awareness has on both business success and personal development. If you can ask yourself the tough questions, like how you handle conflict and how you deal with criticism, you can fine-tune your communication style to bring out the best in those around you. They will thank you for it!
How Can You Develop it?
Like any skill, the best way to develop self-awareness is to practice. It’s never too late to start, and your resulting success in business will be matched by more fulfilment and happiness in your personal life. A business coach can guide you in your development. A great tool to use is a survey which your colleagues, friends, or family can fill out about you. Be prepared to face some possibly uncomfortable truths about yourself, and keep it anonymous to avoid conflict. Compare their answers with what you answered about yourself and carefully consider the differences.
Tell your business mentor all about your past failures. They are nothing to be ashamed of! Analysing what went wrong is an excellent way to plan for the future. And taking responsibility for your own part in the failure is the best way to grow as a person. Make a habit of writing down your thoughts and feelings, why you made particular decisions, and how others reacted. This will make it easy to communicate where you’re at when you catch up with your business coach and prevents your memory from distorting the events after the fact.
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