Maintaining a clear idea of your own strengths and weaknesses
What is it?
Self-awareness is the ability to take an accurate inventory of our strengths and weaknesses and to be aware of our emotions throughout each day.
Why is it important?
Knowing what we’re good at gives us the confidence to tackle new challenges and learn new skills. We can intentionally capitalize on our strengths when addressing a problem. Similarly, being tenaciously honest about our shortcomings informs us about we need to work on. People who are self-aware can work to mitigate their weaknesses. By contrast, those who are unaware of their shortcomings have serious blind spots that can compromise performance or derail careers.