Self-awareness: 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.”
In other words, self-awareness is learning to have long lasting introspective growth, rather than the quick high of an introspective burn.
Self-management: Most accomplished psychologists would define self-management as a measure of an individual’s self control. It is more helpfully understood as our internal governance, which directs our life choices. Neuro-scientist David Eagleman once wrote that “We should never say our code of conduct is monolithic/immutable when acted on. Rather, the whole question of defining our personal responsibilities is not determined by a moment of laxity in self-control. Instead, we need to understand that our brains function better for decision making when we consider it as a team of rivals with competing drives that informs our standards . . . Hence, the question is; do they have the confidence of mind to utilize their team of rivals in correcting themselves in redirecting their decision making?”
When an individual makes a decision, they tend to list the pros and cons of each decision before making it. Eagleman is suggesting to look at those 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.
Drug use affects adults and adolescents alike. A survey conducted in 2014 indicated that 21.5 million Americans (ages 12 and older) suffered from a substance abuse disorder. Additionally, substance abuse and mental disorders have been shown to go hand-in-hand, as the same 2014 survey has also found that 80% of Americans suffering from a substance abuse problem are also struggling with a mental disorder.
Relationship skills: Sometimes one of the strongest skills an individual can have is their ability to create and foster relationships with other people. Therefore keeping your conversations clear and free from foggy meaning can serve as the first step forming a strong relationship. Work on keeping conversations to the point in order to keep fluid talks and also to respect their time.
When navigating more perilous conversations like office negotiations or consoling someone in emotional distress it will require your utmost tact. Learning how to handle such conversations will help you to avoid inappropriate behavior which could jeopardize a relationship. Lastly, in order to have a good relationship with others you must be willing to ask for help from them, and be just as willing to offer your help in return.
Responsible Decision Making
Responsible decision making: Last but certainly not least, you must guide yourself in decision making judiciously and as illuminatingly as the North Star. That means you must be capable of letting all your decisions shine! Also, when collaborating with other individuals, it pays to be aware of your teammates own goals and skill sets. Be aware of norms and differing cultural perspectives and be willing to adapt as needed.
Goal setting: To walk a road without a vision of where to go can be rather frightening. While the final destination can change from time to time, it is critical to create short-term plans that can lead to long term visions. The process of creating these plans in hopes of accomplishing them will help people be organized with the road they take. Instead of constantly questioning or doubting on which turn to take once they are there, they would already have an idea of which turn would be best for them and their vision in life. Having this general idea of which way life would head towards lets people not waste their time on tasks and events that would not benefit them nor even make them happy. True goal setting will keep people motivated on their path in life. Regardless of the bumps and challenges people are bound to encounter, having that plan and knowledge of where they want to go and what they want to do will inspire them to keep working harder in order to achieve those milestones in life. True goal setting will keep people motivated on their path in life. Regardless of the bumps and challenges people are bound to encounter, having that plan and knowledge of where they want to go and what they want to do will inspire them to keep working harder in order to achieve those milestones in life.