If you’re a regular listener of this podcast, you know how obsessed I am about self-awareness as the most important life skill you can learn.
Tasha Eurich researched self-awareness for 5 years and published a book about her findings called Insight: The Surprising Truth About How Others See Us, How We See Ourselves, and Why the Answers Matter More Than We Think.
She shares why self-awareness matters in your work, life and your relationships.
She is an organizational psychologist, an author, a coach, and a speaker. She became interested in self-awareness when she saw a lack of it as a common thread in the leaders she was coaching.
If you’re curious to see how she can help you start improving your self-awareness right now, check out her insight quiz.
Lot of great lessons in our conversation including:
- What Tasha learned from her research to define self-awareness.
- Her key recommendation for how to start practicing self-awareness.
- The difference between being self-aware and being self-critical.
- Why setting boundaries in your self-exploration can help develop your self-awareness.
- Why self-awareness is such an important skill for the 21st-century.
Life Skills That Matter In This Episode
- Practice self-awareness
- Embrace discomfort
- Align your habits
How Tasha Works and Thinks
- Ideal work environment: For writing, a public place with good background noise.
- Definition of success: Making a positive contribution to as many people as she can.
- Regains focus by: Listening to the people in her life who sometimes see her getting off track before she can see it.
“People experience us differently sometimes than we experience ourselves and it’s up to us to get that data so we can figure out what to do about it.”
“If you have that abundant view that, ‘people wanna help me get better,’ everything becomes easier.”
If you want to practice self-awareness in your life, but aren’t sure how to start, Tasha suggests this exercise:
1) Pick someone that you want to improve your relationship with and take them out to a meal.
2) At the meal, ask them this question: “what do I do that is most annoying to you?”
3) Then, as non-defensively as possible, listen to them and thank them.
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