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From the Post: The Rational Leader: Cultivating Self-Awareness, Critical Examination, and Determination

Start with one of the five areas listed below to practice self-awareness, self-examination, and self-determination:

  1. Practice mindfulness
  2. Keep a journal
  3. Seek feedback
  4. Challenge your assumptions
  5. Set meaningful goals

Make some time for yourself to explore all five areas. One is not more important than the other. All five are equally important when you use them together. 

This, like anything else that is worth doing, takes time. These types of practices can take a lifetime to become true behavior. There will always be circumstances and individuals who will challenge how you see yourself and make you question your ideas, approaches, and decisions. By writing your thoughts in a journal helps you to anchor your assumptions and how you see the world around you.  

Find a trusted colleague or a friend to make yourself accountable to help you stay focused on what you want to achieve. 

  1. Practice Mindfulness: Start by incorporating mindfulness practices into your daily routine. Set aside time for meditation, deep breathing exercises, or simply moments of quiet reflection. Mindfulness allows you to observe your thoughts and emotions without judgment, fostering a deeper understanding of your inner landscape and enhancing self-awareness.
  2. Keep a Journal: Maintain a journal where you can record your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Regularly writing down your reflections can facilitate self-examination by providing a space for introspection and self-expression. Use your journal to explore your values, beliefs, goals, and areas for personal growth. Reviewing your entries over time can also help track patterns and identify areas where you may need to cultivate greater self-awareness or determination.
  3. Seek Feedback: Actively seek feedback from trusted peers, mentors, or coaches. Solicit both positive and constructive feedback to gain insights into your strengths and areas for improvement. Be open to receiving feedback with humility and a willingness to learn. Engaging in honest conversations with others can offer valuable perspectives that challenge your assumptions and expand your self-awareness.
  4. Challenge Your Assumptions: Cultivate a habit of critical thinking by regularly questioning your assumptions, biases, and beliefs. Examine why you hold certain views and whether they are based on evidence, reason, or societal conditioning. Consider alternative viewpoints and actively seek out diverse perspectives to broaden your understanding. Embrace discomfort as an opportunity for growth and be willing to revise your beliefs in light of new information or experiences.
  5. Set Meaningful Goals: Define clear and meaningful goals that align with your values and aspirations. Break down larger goals into manageable tasks and create a plan of action to achieve them. Cultivate self-determination by staying committed to your goals, even in the face of obstacles or setbacks. Practice resilience and perseverance, viewing challenges as opportunities for learning and growth rather than insurmountable barriers. Celebrate your progress along the way and adjust your goals as needed to stay aligned with your evolving vision of success.

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