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While the phrase “know thyself” can be named as the basic definition, it leaves out important aspects of true self-awareness. Self-awareness also contains ideas such as having career orientated goals, a central brand of self-confidence, and helping others reach similar goals. In the words of Simon Sinek, “Constant reflections on WHY this thing I did had meaningful impact informs your own personal growth trajectory.”
This concept is most easily understood as our internal governance, which directs our life choices. Neuroscientist David Eagleman suggests looking at pros and cons as a “team of rivals” attempting to argue their own point of view. This team of rivals should allow you to look at each argument closely and be better able to make your decision based off of what you believe is the best action, rather than following old habits and doing what you have always in a similar situation.
Social awareness can defined as “the ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others from diverse backgrounds and cultures, to understand social and ethical norms for behavior, and to recognize family, school, and community resources and supports.” Developing a strong sense of social awareness teaches students to empathize and gain stronger cultural insight.
One of the strongest skills an individual can have is their ability to create and foster relationships with other people. When navigating more challenging conversations, like disagreements and consoling someone in emotional distress, it’s critical to learn how to respond to others’ needs while upholding boundaries.
Decision Making & Goal Setting
These two skills are inseparable. Going through the process of creating long-term plans helps students choose the road they truly want to take. In order to achieve goals you plan for, you must be capable of letting all your decisions shine! When collaborating with others, it pays for us to be aware of our teammates own goals and skills. We hope students can become cognizant of differing cultural perspectives and be willing to adapt as needed.