The more self-awareness you have, the happier you are and the more you move away from being unhelpful when others need assistance. There are many instances where people don't help each other very much or choose to interact negatively, for example:
- Pointing out what's going wrong instead of what is going well.
- Criticizing instead of offering solutions.
- Talking over people.
- Making sarcastic or sardonic remarks.
- Taking a lot of time to explain why they can't do something rather than doing it.
- Finding ways to not help.
- Acting like a know-it-all and making people feel inadequate.
As you gain more self-awareness you move away from these types of behaviors because you realize that other people are valuable, and you do things like:
- Highlight what is going well.
- Offer solutions.
- Make positive remarks.
- Do something helpful instead of talking about what you can't do.
- Find ways to help.
- Behave in ways that are kind and helpful.
There is a vast difference between the first list and the second list; one hurts people and creates conflict and the other encourages relationship building. You get to choose which path you take. Self-awareness means you understand how important it is to treat everyone with respect and care. What will you do to be more helpful?