Starting with Self-Awareness
One of the first things I say to people when they ask how to do better and be better, is that you need to first be self-aware. You need to know who you are, why you do the things you do, what motivates you and what moves you. I am well aware that this is easier said than done. But, we have to start somewhere. Of all the exercises I've looked at and worked with over the years, I've found the simplest is the best. This is one of the reasons I included it early on in the Stretching for Success Workbook and why I'm including it here.
You want to find out a little more about yourself, how you show up and what you need to work on? Start with this simple, but not easy exercise. Look at the words on the list below. Which ones describe you? Pick the 3 that best describe you now. Which ones do you wish described you? Be honest, otherwise you're just wasting your time. This is your first step in understanding how you work. Once you have that, taking the steps to do and be better are a lot easier.
This isn't a one and done exercise. I recommend you download this list and pull it out every couple of months. People change, you change, the person you are today, isn't the person you'll be in 6 months. Your dominant traits today, may be less dominant in a year. Keep up with who you are and how you're changing and growing by doing this simple (but hard) exercise at least once every few months. It'll help you know if you're growing in the right direction.