Knowing Yourself

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Most likely, your usual distractions have been taken away from you at the moment and you may have more opportunity to self-reflect.  From the recent conversations I’ve had, this has been easier for some than for others.  One person I spoke to said she was not good on her own and prefers the distraction of being with other people.  However, for others, the current situation has possibly increased the time they spend with family and this can also be difficult as it highly likely they don’t normally spend as much time together – especially without breaks! Either way, I suspect we are all finding out more about ourselves – and each other.

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Hi, I’m Anna Goodwin – Author of five books, Director, Mentor, and Trainer for Anna Goodwin Accountancy.

Basically, I take the stress out of finances – both business and personal. From running my own business and helping others to run theirs, I know it’s important to understand who you are as a person.

I’m a big believer that knowing yourself fully is a big advantage in your career or your business. You may feel some resistance when you delve into who you are but stick with it as you will find it beneficial to know yourself so you can shape your life and business to suit you.

Start by asking:

  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • Are you an ideas person?
  • Are you a cautious person or happy to take risks?
  • Do you thrive on a challenge or would you rather take it steady?

These questions begin to unpick the real you and from there you can start to question if your work life is suited to your personality. Have you been trying to be someone else to fit into your day job? Once you start learning more about yourself then you can grow into an authentic version of you!

It’s no good trying to please others or spending your work life doing something you hate. The way you work should also suit your personality. You shouldn’t give yourself massive goals if you’re not a risk taker and you shouldn’t try and avoid challenges if these are what you thrive on.

Also think about how you work:

  • Are you happy working on your own or would you prefer to work as a team? If you have had to work from home recently, have you found this difficult or have you enjoyed being away from the office and office politics?
  • Are you a last minute kind of person or would you prefer to get things done early?
  • Are you happy to delegate or do you feel that you need to be involved in everything at every stage? Have you had to delegate more recently and trust that your staff are working when they are at home? How did that feel?

Suki Bassi of Happy Maven recognises that a lot of people are having to adapt to working in a different way.  She knows that it is important to know yourself and optimize the way you work. Therefore she has produced a free 30 minute online workshop, Remote Working: Your Physical, Mental and Social Health.  Here it is: recording

I believe it’s crucial to know yourself so that you can work to your strengths. Recent events have helped give us all an insight into who we truly are. What have you discovered?

I love this Dr Seuss quote!

“Today you are YOU,

that is TRUER than true.

There is NO ONE alive

who is YOUER than YOU!”

I think that having this period of self-reflection will mean that, as things return to a new normal, we will appreciate things more.  Also, I think we will be more empathetic and less judgemental. Hopefully, this will also be the case for how you treat yourself.

Next week I’ll give you tips on how to master your time and achieve your goals.