Internal self-awareness is understanding values, strengths and weaknesses, and what we’re passionate about.  External self-awareness is about how other people see you.  Although 95 percent of people believe they are self-aware, research shows the real number is closer to 10 or 15 percent.  When you decide that you have more to learn about yourself, you become more open to feedback.

Author Tasha Eurich, author of “Insight:  The Surprising Truth About How Others See Us, How We See Ourselves and Why the Answers Matter More Than We Think,” says feedback is key to achieving personal growth.

The best way to gather feedback to understand the perception of others is to ask for it.  Pick people who you trust to give you honest and candid feedback.  Then, give some thought to what are a few things you could do to improve.  You don’t have to change overnight.  Take a few small steps and watch the big difference the change makes.  As hard as it is and as much courage it takes, it’s absolutely possible.

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