The Self-Awareness Guy

How to Develop Self-Awareness

How to Increase Your Self-Esteem

How to Increase Your Self-Esteem

Here are some self-awareness building ideas to help you increase your self-esteem:

  • Do one thing at a time instead of everything all at once.
  • Trust your instincts.
  • Surround yourself with people who support your growth.
  • Celebrate your achievements as you go along.
  • Be true to yourself and do things you love.
  • Don't let others hold you back.
  • Live your life, not someone else's.
  • Practice completing tasks.
  • The more you practice the more confident you'll be.
  • Let people know what you need.
  • Find out who you really are.
  • Share your talents and abilities with the world.
  • Learn how to say no.

The key element in how to increase your self-esteem is living your life in a positive way. Think and behave positively and you'll move in a favorable direction. You may encounter obstacles and challenges but you'll be building your self-esteem by continuing to take action and believe in yourself.

Cheers,

Guy

Self-Awareness and Trusting Your Inner Voice

Self-Awareness and Trusting Your Inner Voice

Nothing is a beautiful as the voice inside you. Pay attention to it and you'll live a life of great self-awareness, success and happiness. Ignore it and you'll move in a very different direction. Your inner voice is that part of you that tells you what you really want to do in life and who you are deep inside.

Self-awareness means paying attention to your inner voice as it guides you toward living authentically and making your dreams come true. Here are some questions you can ask yourself to begin discovering your true path:

  1. If I could choose any career in life what would it be?
  2. What is the talent I possess that I could use to bring joy into my life?
  3. What message(s) is my inner voice sending me?
  4. How would my life be different if I listened to my inner voice?
  5. What will I commit to doing today to achieve what my inner voice tells me to?

As you answer these questions you'll begin thinking more deeply about the things you find meaningful and fulfilling. Imagine living your life based on what you want to do rather than settling for whatever comes your way or what other people tell you to do. What will you do to listen to your inner voice?

Cheers,

Guy

Do You Feel Insecure?

Do You Feel Insecure?

Perhaps you feel insecure about yourself and wonder if people are judging you or don’t like you. Insecurity is not about other people, it’s about you. When you feel insecure you are looking at the world through your fears. Some helpful things to think about when you’re feeling insecure are:

  • What difference does it make what that person thinks of you?
  • Nothing anybody says can affect you unless you let it.
  • Insecurity goes away when you practice doing things and become more proficient over time.
  • Take a moment to take it easy on yourself.
  • There are great things about you that you can feel secure about right now.
  • You can start healing yourself any time you decide to.
  • You’re a wonderful person.
  • You have unique talents and abilities.

Practice helps you build confidence and competence. The next time you feel insecure ask yourself, “Why am I feeling this?” and consciously decide to move in a positive direction. Only you have the power to get rid of insecurity, by thinking and behaving differently. What do you do to feel less insecure?

Cheers,

Guy

10 Easy Ways to Ensure Your Employees Hate You

10 Easy Ways to Ensure Your Employees Hate You

I've worked with a lot of different leaders both as a trainer and consultant and I've noticed that many of them consistently do things to make their employees unhappy.  None of these people are uncaring, unprofessional or evil in any way, they just don't know what else to do.  It's as if they let things get out of hand one little step at a time until, one day, the car is driving off the cliff.

Very few leaders go to work with the intention of damaging their employees but there are an alarming number of workplaces where, if you asked employees, the boss would be less popular than a toothache.  Here are ten things I've noticed leaders do that increase the chances their employees will hate them.

1.  Never ask for feedback.
2.  Never listen, just talk at people.
3.  Tell people you're treating them poorly for their own good.
4.  Don't allow people to complain or dissent in any way.
5.  Make the workplace hyper-competitive instead of collaborative.
6.  Hang out with pet employees and show favoritism.
7.  Don't be consistent in your decision making.
8.  Run around like everything is an emergency.
9.  Micromanage a lot and give a lot of unsolicited advice.
10.  Treat people like they don't know anything and you don't trust them.

Have you ever worked with someone like this?  Think of what kind of workplace it created.  A large percentage of workplaces actually run like this even if they have a veneer of civility.  This is usually because we've let our organizations run out of control one small step at a time by forgetting that employees are really valuable and important.  Try doing the opposite of these things and you'll find your employees will like you a lot more.  You don't have to be perfect, just start changing the direction of your leadership one small step at time.

Have you ever hated a boss?  Share your story.

Cheers,

Guy

Improve Your Leadership Skills by Focusing on the Present

Improve Your Leadership Skills by Focusing on the Present

Leaders sometimes spend so much time thinking about the things they could have done that they forget the power they have to change things in the present.  It's easy to get stuck in a mode where you replay past events or make up future possibilities but that never affects your present results.

Spending more time consciously working on the present is an effective way to improve your leadership skills.  If you start today by telling yourself that you will work on something that actually exists right now in the present you will suddenly have greater command of your destiny and the ability to change whatever is happening.

Try taking action today; find something in the past or future that you wish would change and re-focus it in the present.  Ask yourself what you can do right now to affect something in your workplace right now.  Taking action in the present helps you take your mind off all the things you can't control and focuses your energy on the things you can change.

Cheers,

Guy