Self-awareness is the ability to focus on and understand one’s self: one’s thoughts, emotions and actions. The ability to navigate school, community, and home environments relies on self-awareness. Social and interpersonal skills are enhanced by increased self-awareness. It is also essential for setting and achieving goals from childhood through adulthood.
Self-management is a skillset that allows one to assume responsibility for their own behavior and well-being. It implies the understanding that decisions affect outcomes and consequences. It is a developmental goal in all educational settings. Self-management allows students to independently pursue many aspects of their academic lives. Good self-management enhances goal setting and decision making skills. Self-management is needed in all professional and personal relationships.
Social awareness is defined as the ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others, to understand social norms for behavior, and to access support in family, school, and community settings. Developing a strong sense of social awareness in the area of cultural diversity enhances empathy and helps communities become healthy and cohesive.
One of the strongest skillsets an individual can build is their ability to create and foster relationships with other people. When navigating more challenging interactions, such as disagreements or consoling someone in emotional distress, it’s important to learn how to uphold boundaries while responding to others’ needs. Healthy connections to other human beings enhances resilience and reduces anxiety and depression.
Short-term and long-term goal setting provides the structure on which we harness dreams and turn them into achievements. It is important to recognize that the process of exploring goals during life’s shifting circumstances requires cognitive and emotional flexibility. Students will learn how to set and adjust their goals as needed throughout their lives. The process of goal setting and the trial and error of accomplishing goals helps to enhance decision-making skills.