Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Check yo' self

It takes equal parts maturity & humility for a person to be willing to examine themselves. To acknowledge/accept weaknesses and mistakes. 

"What am I doing well?" "Which things could use a little work?"
I've had several interviews over the past two weeks and each time my prospective supervisor asked me to define who I was as a person and professional. It was interesting to hear my voice telling a stranger who I am and whats important to me. It made me consider whether the words I speak and the actions I take are truly aligned.
"Do does my life reflect what I say I believe?"
Each interviewer also wanted to know which areas I felt needed work. I had to pause and think critically about my character. I found myself thinking that one day soon, the areas that I relayed during this meeting would no longer be my weaknesses.

Although, it's true that certain parts of our characters are innate, there are also other things we have just grown accustomed to over the years.  Figuring out which behaviors can stay and which must go is something only an individual can determine.

Growing stronger, smarter, healthier, or wealthier requires two things:

1. A willingness to check yourself.
2. The continued practice of replacing poor habits with better habits.

As with most things in life finding new habits or establishing favorable outcomes takes time. But eventually the tortoise catches up to the hare and new habits become second nature.