Moving from Self-Awareness to Self-Management to Self-Improvement
Why quit smoking is so difficult although most smokers are aware of its impact on health and well-being? Why we keep doing things that we know may not be appropriate or helpful? This is because knowing and doing are different.
Doing something is much harder than knowing the same thing. In the workplace, we are educated to increase our self-awareness, know our strengths, weaknesses, feelings, thoughts, and values. But that is not enough. Self-awareness is useless, unless it is accompanies by actions of self-management, which is another important skill and domain of emotional intelligence.
What is Self-management? Definition
Jennifer Porter (2019) identifies self-management as "a conscious choice to resist a preference or habit and show a more productive behaviour" and suggests a 4-step process on self-management:
BE MORE PRESENT: Pay attention to what you are saying and doing now.
PRACTICE SELF-AWARENESS: Recognize what is happening around you—what are you seeing, hearing, ...