Ever paused to consider this? While it’s easy for people to highlight their strengths, they often falter when discussing their weaknesses. Yet, paradoxically, they can readily point out the flaws in those around them.
So, why is it such a challenge to articulate our own shortcomings? I recall numerous instances, especially during job applications, where I’ve been stumped by this very question. Over time, I’ve recognized that I’m not alone in this dilemma.
From my perspective, two main reasons emerge: a reluctance to admit our flaws for fear of missing out on opportunities, and a deeper, more unsettling truth – many don’t genuinely know themselves.
If we can effortlessly gauge others, understanding their strengths and weaknesses, why do we often remain strangers to our own selves?
As I’ve become more deliberate about my personal growth and introspection over the years, I’ve recognized that our fast-paced lives often prevent us from truly understanding ourselves.
Knowing oneself can be transformative. It not only presents myriad opportunities but also helps sidestep pitfalls that might not align with our true selves. If you feel you’re not quite in touch with your inner self, now’s the time to embark on this enlightening journey.
Here are a few steps to guide you:
- Find an Accountability Partner: Choose someone you deeply trust and respect. Ideally, this is someone you spend considerable time with and who isn’t afraid to call you out. Share your quest for self-awareness with them. Allow them to observe and provide feedback. Set aside regular times to discuss your growth, strengths, and areas of improvement.
- Embrace Journaling: Documenting your daily experiences can offer surprising insights into your behavior, strengths, and weaknesses.
- End-of-Day Reflections: This has been a game-changer for me. Each night, I spend a few moments reflecting on my day. I focus on understanding the “why” behind my actions. This introspection has been instrumental in revealing my true motivations and understanding the core of who I am.
Ehoneah Obed: Pharmacist, Software Engineer, Health Informatics Student.
Inspiring tech enthusiasts and future healthcare innovators. Sharing insights on software engineering, health informatics, and motivating young minds in technology and healthcare.