Knowing ourselves is the key to transform ourselves and reach our goals. To understand yourself, consider elements such as our talents and skills, education and knowledge, our position in the social hierarchy, how we perceive our image, the inherent traits and our motives and desires. The real obstacle to fully understand ourselves is that we resemble an iceberg. You are aware of only a tiny portion of what makes you who you are, like the tip of the iceberg that shows above the water, while the main bulk of your traits are hidden.
To become a better person and excel in life and career, you need to rethink and evaluate your interactions with others. Your relationships with others are strong determents of how you act and react to different people in your life and what is right and what is wrong. The starting point in exploring that hidden part of yourself is to identify what you know about yourself:
- What are the things you can do and perform?
- What are the things you know?
- What did you learn from your experiences.?
- How I see myself in the social circles I am part of?
- How I value and appreciate myself?
- How do I behave when I am in an auto-pilot mode?
- What motivates or excites me?
- What do I excel at?
- What do I enjoy doing?
- Who is important in my life?
- What is my personal definition of success?
These questions will help you interpret your behaviours in relation to your current job or role in life. If you feel that you are not performing to your optimal ability, and your performance does not match your calibre, re-evaluate your competency as a combination of your skills, attitude, and knowledge. Your competencies are a combination of fundamental or basic and professional competencies. Basic competencies are the competencies employers desire in all their teams such as problem-solving, communication skills and emotional stability. Professional competencies are the specific skills, knowledge and job attitude related to one particular job or position, such as sales skills and technical skills like handling machines or working on a specific software, or managerial and supervision skills.
So, how can you boost your employability? The answer is by focusing on ‘Differentiating Competencies’, or those factors that distinguish superior performers from average ones. Assess all the competencies required in your current role and identify those that are unique to the job. To take your career to the next level, assess the skills and knowledge and behaviours required for the position or the promotion you dream of. Usually, these higher-level positions require a unique set of skills that you need develop before you become a shining star and pave your own path to career advancement. Emotional intelligence, leadership and initiative are examples of differentiating competencies you may start with.