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When you look at me, what do you see?

You may be able to list a number of traits, observations, perspectives and interpretations of my beliefs and behaviour based on your experience and interaction with me. In turn, I may agree, disagree or debate some of the points you have listed.


It has taken me years to truly get to grips with my own self-awareness. Truly knowing myself, accepting who I am, understanding my needs, my thoughts, my feelings and my behaviour. Being able to think about how I thinkโ€ฆ. i.e. metacognition - the human brain being able to monitor its own cognition in order to shape and control future behaviour.


Research done during 2014 by Tasha Eurich, PhD, an organizational psychologist, with 5000 participants, revealed that most people deemed themselves to be self-aware. ๐—ง๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜, ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—น๐˜† ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฌ โ€“ ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฑ% ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฎ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ณ-๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€.


There were times during my corporate career when I was labelled โ€œintrovertedโ€, โ€œa dreamerโ€, and my favourite one: โ€œunable to move on from the pastโ€.


During my own Personal Development Journey, I experienced such joy when I decided to do the CliftonStrengths Assessment and the results confirmed that I do actually thrive in the moment, I โ€œrespond willingly to the demands of the momentโ€. I welcome unpredictable situations, pressure andโ€ฆ. even unforeseen detours. I had no desire to be stuck in the past โ€“ unpredictability is not something I avoid in my life. I love adventure, I am adaptable!


As for me being labelled โ€œintrovertedโ€ and a โ€œdreamerโ€ โ€“ these labels pointed to some of my amazing talents, however, because of these labels people responded to me in alignment with these labels โ€“ many of my talents were underestimated, misunderstood and avoided.


Should I have known and understood my talents better, should my self-awareness have been elevated, I wouldโ€™ve been able to manage situations differently, resolve problems more effectively, understood myself and others better. ๐—”๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜๐—น๐˜†, ๐—œ ๐˜„๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฑโ€™๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—บ๐—ฒ. ๐—œ ๐˜„๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฑ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—บ๐˜†๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ณ ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ถ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด who did not have to wear a label someone else assigned to me. I would have understood myself better and I wouldโ€™ve crawled out of the box I was placed into and I wouldโ€™ve shown the world who I truly am.


The beauty of our talents lies in the dynamics between them. ๐—ž๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—น๐˜† ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ณ-๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ-๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€, ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—น๐˜† ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐—ด๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ฎ ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฏ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—น ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฎ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ณ๐—ฒ!


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