Self-knowledge

Self-knowledge, your most important asset

To make it in college and in the professional world, you need an accurate picture of your capabilities. Some students and young professionals have an overconfident view of themselves, and this can be a problem. Yet for many, the opposite can be true:they have a wrongfully negative self-image, and don’t realize they are capable of far more than they may believe. 

A REALISTIC, CREATIVE, COMMITTED PERSON CONTEMPLATES AND USES HIS OR HER POSITIVE ABILITIES, AND DOESN’T EXAGGERATE THE NEGATIVE. THIS REALISM IS A MAJOR SECRET TO COLLEGE AND JOB-MARKET SUCCESS.

What are your strong points? What do you struggle with? Keeping a frequent journal can help you learn these things about yourself.

Taking note of what your thought processes are like is called metacognition, which means thinking about your thinking. Look at some important decision you made in the past. Ask yourself what steps you took in thinking the situation through. Did you begin by focusing on the negative possible outcomes? Or did you start by thinking about the positives? The latter method would have better results for you because it focuses on what you could gain rather than what you could lose. If you analyze what steps you take to come to a conclusion, you can improve your thought process.

More to come.