A close friend of mine, Sam Titus, sent me a book to read. It was entitled Insightand it was written by Dr. Tasha Eurich. Tasha did a wonderful job exploring the topic of self-awareness and illustrating why it is so important. Tasha defines self-awareness as “the ability to see ourselves clearly—to understand who we are, how others see us, and how we fit into the world around us.” I was pleased to see that she recognized in her research with people that “humility is a key ingredient of self-awareness.” She also noted as an organizational psychologist that self-aware people enjoy more successful careers and better lives because they have developed “an intuitive understanding of what matters to them, what they want to accomplish, how they behave, and how others see them.”
Matthew 8:8,9—“Lord,” the centurion replied, “I am not worthy to have You come under my roof. But only say the word, and my servant will be cured. For I too am a man under authority, having soldiers under my command. I say to this one, ‘Go!’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come!’ and he comes; and to my slave, ‘Do this!’ and he does it.”
The Roman centurion who approached Jesus was very self-aware. He understood both his strengths and his limitations. He recognized the authority and power resident in Jesus. He was both a man of compassion and of humility. Jesus was so impressed by this man that He exclaimed to those following Him, “I assure you: I have not found anyone in Israel with so great a faith!” Then, directly addressing the centurion, He said, “Go. As you have believed, let it be done for you” (Mat. 8:10,13). Imagine how the Jews internally reacted to the news that it was a hated Roman occupier that exceeded them all in faith!
Self-awareness is of utmost importance to our maturation as followers of Jesus. It begins when we accurately realize that we are sinners and have no hope for salvation without the saving blood of Jesus. By our own efforts we are doomed. By faith in Jesus everything changes. It matures as we grow in our understanding of how God wired us and as we listen to the leading of the Holy Spirit in how we should think and behave.
Those who appreciate the importance of an accurate self-understanding learn how to: identify and mitigate blindspots; recognize pride traps; enhance introspection; and, find tools like Strengthsfinder that further their self-awareness. Psalm 139:14 says, “I will praise You because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful, and I know this very well.” Praise God for intentionally designing us. That praise heightens as we grow in this understanding. Something to think about . . . in reveration!
Self-awareness should be the starting point in every leader’s development.—Bill Georgein Discover Your True North
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)
Tasha Eurich in Insight,(Crown Business, 2017)