3 Techniques to Mastering: Self-Awareness

1. Personal Mastery

She remembered who she was and the game changed
— Lalah Delia

Personal mastery is also known as personal agility or emotional intelligence. In other words, it's the ability to move through your day holding awareness toward yourself and how others react to you. The Yale Centre for Emotional Intelligence rightly says that emotions are the drivers of “learning, decision-making, creativity, relationships, and health.” Institutions like Yale and coaching services like Inspired Science Coaching champion the journey of personal mastery. Transformation begins with you, and the benefit of using a coach means you can more adeptly move the needle on your compass toward awareness and connect more deeply with who you are and how you operate in your world.

2. Relationships

Ego focuses on one’s own survival, pleasure, and enhancement to the exclusion of others; ego is selfishly ambitious. It sees relationships in terms of threat or no threat, like little children who classify all people as ‘nice’ or ‘mean’. Conscience, on the other hand, both democratizes and elevates ego to a larger sense of the group, the whole, the community, the greater good. It sees life in terms of service and contribution, in terms of others’ security and fulfillment.
— Robert K. Greenleaf

Relationships, both personal and professional, act like a spring board into self-awareness. Interactions with other people can be a point of departure into exploring the world beyond our own perspective. And when holding emotional awareness at the forefront of this journey, relationships provide the opportunity to gain a new viewpoint. What act of leadership can you create today by merely bringing your full presence into conversations?

3. Professional Peak Performance with Systems Thinking

Systems thinking is about the discipline of seeing the whole.
— Peter M. Senge

Working in collaboration to affect change is much more powerful than working in isolation. Of course, collaboration is not a new idea, and merits its own field of study. The Society for Organizational Learning has focused on systems thinking: a discipline dedicated to understanding interdependency and change. Traditionally approached through an organizational lens, systems thinking seeks to understand how structures and institutions can be changed more effectively. Mastering this style of thinking means understanding how everything is interconnected, and how the whole is a byproduct of collaborative individual parts.

Ultimately, you choose your internal dialogue. You can choose to pivot and move to a high performance  zone with self awareness as a cornerstone for this growth. Thoughts? Comments? I’d love to hear from you.