One of the Most Important Questions I Ask

Danny's iphone 022I ask a lot of questions.  I ask questions for a living to be more exact.  I ask questions of people all day.  And, more importantly, I ask myself lots of questions.   Why?  I guess it is the way I have determined will help me be more open-minded, but also will help me to be more self-aware.

And so that we are all on the same page, here is my working definition of self-awareness:

Self-Awareness is defined as the accurate appraisal and understanding of your abilities and preferences and their implications for your behavior and their impact on others. – Psychology Today

Yesterday I asked a question about how others would rank their own self-awareness and some rather high numbers came back via comments.  My return question was how the individuals knew they are highly self-aware.  How do you begin to gauge self-awareness? How does one know they accurately appraise and understand their own abilities? Especially as it relates to other people?

One of the most important questions I ask myself to gauge my self-awareness is “could I be wrong?”.   This question keeps me grounded, keeps my mind open and challenges me to dig deeper for more understanding.  It might not be the best question, but it has served me well.

I view self-awareness in similar light as I view enlightenment.  In college I had a professor who took a sabbatical and spent time in Asia seeking truth.  He wrote to the faculty saying “I think I might have reached enlightenment, but I’m not exactly sure.”  We laughed at his letter, but the truth is he might have been on to something.

So what’s my view on self-awareness?  I think I might be more self-aware than some, but I could be wrong.

28 thoughts on “One of the Most Important Questions I Ask

  1. I do not feel you are wrong, simply because you have made yourself aware, of you and all that concerns you, many just pass through life wearing blinkers.. ………awareness regarding ourselves encourages our personal growrh and understanding of others, have a good day

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  2. My question is similar to yours…I ask myself ‘Are you sure?’

    I got that from a book called ‘The Energy of Prayer: How to Deepen Your Spiritual Practice’ by Thich Nhat Hanh

    It immediately changed things in my life. There are so many assumptions we make both about ourselves and others. When we stop and dig deeper in ourselves and stop all the assuming life changes.

    It’s a great little book if you ever have the chance to read it.

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  3. The keys words to self-awareness, in my opinion, are my actions’ impact on others. When I answered your question yesterday, and had a high score, it’s with that mindset I mind. We aren’t here for ourselves. It’s not about us. It’s about serving others. People should be more mindful of that. The world would be a much better place.

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  4. reblogged on Obsolete Childhood. As I have aged I have become more and more aware of who I am and why I am here on this planet and at this time. Hopefully others do the same.
    I am not here for ME….I see life as being a gift for others, and think about how to make other’s lives better through whatever I do or say. Each of us touch far more people than we realize and it is far better to send good thoughts and good deeds into the world to be spread around.

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  5. Was it Einstein that’s quoted as saying the important thing is to never stop questioning? I think that’s true in this application too. You seem well rounded to me, Danny. What’s more you’re always paying it forward.

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