Systems Thinkers Are Self-Aware

by blogadmin 18. October 2017 01:05

SELF-AWARE people practice SYSTEMS thinking not simply GOAL Setting.

The difference between GOALS (DOING) and SYSTEMS (BEING) is that one focuses on specific results, whereas the other is based on values, purpose, and who you are designed to be.

GOALS are temporary milestones you set out to reach. SYSTEMS are flexible patterns of thinking, emerging insights, and multiple perspectives that have a fulfilling effect on your life. See some great examples below by Siim Land:


GOAL-Earn an annual income of 100,000 VS. SYSTEMS-Learning and increasing your knowledge about marketing and finance, and constantly implementing them into your business is a system for getting wealthy

GOAL-Lose 10 pounds by the end of the year VS. SYSTEMS-Eating healthy and consistent physical exercise is a system towards losing weight and maintaining excellent body composition

GOAL-Write a bestselling book VS. SYSTEMS-Practing writing, researching, tinkering with one's skills is a system for becoming a master writer and thus creating a bestseller

GOAL-Get a degree in college VS. SYSTEMS-Studying, reading and self-improvement every day is a system for getting smarter and developing yourself as a person 


Yes, GOALS are helpful to reach short-term achievements within the big picture. But, it's always about staying on your calling, where the fine details will most definitely change over time. SYSTEMS free you from the outcome and are more consistent. AND no worries, SYSTEMS can be updated.

Personal Application:

-Do you set the same personal or work goals again and again?

-When you achieve your goal, do you feel fulfilled? Why or why not?

-As you learn about people or new things, are you willing to change your perspectives? How would this lead to increased understanding about yourself and others?

-Where might a small change - even those not yet considered - have a long-lasting, desired effect?

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Do You Display the 4 Facets of Self-Awareness?

by blogadmin 12. October 2017 04:35

Self-Awareness can be the most challenging to develop, but it can also serve as a foundation for strengthening your other leadership skills. How? Take a moment to learn more about 4 Sure-Fire Ways to Boost Self-Awareness. 


Personal Application:
How do you view experiences - good or bad? Do you repeatedly visit the experience to gain new insight - to make a change?
What qualities make you unique? How does that translate as a leader?
Do you provide a consistent experience in all circumstances and with each person? Why not? 

Are You As Self-Aware As You Think?

by blogadmin 3. October 2017 03:14

Do you think that you know yourself well enough that you can solve all your problems? Or perhaps you realize you need work on self-awareness. Step one is understanding the definition of self-awareness. 



Self-awareness is the ability to recognize what you are feeling, understand your habitual emotional responses to people or events, and recoginize how your emotions affect behavior and performance.


Step two is recognizing signs of negative emotions and reactions to people and events. Here are adaptations of Tobak's 7 signs that you might not be as self-aware as you think:

1.  YOU GO ON THE OFFENSE. Your emotional response is anger and aggression. You feel threatened or scared.

2.  YOU GO ON THE DEFENSE. Genuine and objective feedback makes you feel perplexed and agitated. You feel the need to explain and give the back story on everything. You may even go on the offense.

3.  YOU START TO CONTROL. You feel the need to micromanage and pick on the little things. It usually means that you are not dealing with a big thing that's looming or really bugging you.

4.  YOU BECOME PASSIVE-AGGRESSIVE. You say, "Sure, no problem," then turn around and do the exact opposite. It means you don't want to confront others or be confronted by them. You might feel vulnerable.

5.  YOUR BEHAVIOR CHANGES. You change your behavior to the point where it's noticeable to others who know or work with you. You feel bothered and are not aware of how it's affecting your mood.

6.  YOU BECOME GRANDIOSE. You make over-the-top overtures to how confident you are in your ideas that may defy objective reasoning. You may feel you are in over your head and are overcompensating.

7.  YOU MAKE EXCUSES. Making an excuse is a way of avoiding or deflecting negative attention. It is a common avoidance technique to resist being held accountable.

Personal Application:

Do you recognize any of these signs in your emotions or reactions? If so, which ones? In what situations or with what people do they occur? Consider keeping a journal of them as step three.

More posts to come on Self-Awareness!


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