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Leading with Emotional Intelligence

1. Meditate

Meditation can really help you to focus on being more self-aware. When you meditate, you are in a calm and pleasant state of mind, where you can really focus on being present. This may be through your breathing or just by visualizing while you are meditating.

Once you are starting your meditation session, you can start to practice becoming aware of any thoughts and feelings you have. You could also ask yourself questions during your meditation, or reflect on things you have done that have affected your feelings or behaviors.

Through meditating, you can develop a clearer understanding of yourself and your emotions, making it easier to develop your self-awareness.

2. Ask Yourself Questions

Asking yourself questions is a great way to develop a better understanding of yourself and your actions. When you ask yourself questions, you can start to look at the bigger picture, why you feel a certain way, or why you reacted to something the way you did etc.

Questions that you could ask are:

  • Why do you avoid this certain thing?
  • What are you trying to achieve?
  • How are you feeling right now, and how is that affecting you?
  • How do others perceive you and feel about your actions?

In doing this, you can start to find out things that perhaps you do not even think twice about in day to day life, and this can be a great way to start developing your self-awareness.


3. Keep A Log Or Journal

If you can keep a journal or log of some sort, this can really help you when trying to understand your attitudes and actions. There are many ways that you can keep a journal, but perhaps the easiest would be to write in each day your thoughts, feelings, and actions in a way that you can understand.

You can then look back at your journal on important dates, such as a new year or your birthday. You can reflect on what you have written and work on improving anything that needs to be changed.

This is a great way to develop your self-awareness as it is the easiest way to reflect on certain situations you may have forgotten otherwise.

4. Ask Your Friends And Family

When you can be open and honest with your friends and family, and they can do the same, you can really get some great advice and points from them that can help you to develop your self-awareness.

If you can ask your friends or family to honestly give you their critical and objective perspective on you and your feelings/behaviors, you can get a great insight from the people closest to you.

If you ask a question about how they perceive you, you may want to add that they can be as open and direct as they need to be and it won’t upset you. You can then take in what they say to you and use it to improve and strengthen your self-awareness.