How aware are you? You have a name, belong to a family, and belong to a (work) community. Ask yourself "Where does my awareness end?"
We may be quick to assume that we have this learned quality, but it's helpful to have a scale to reflect on. Have you ever been surprised or given really great news? Did things happen in slow-motion? If you noticed every thought you processed and how each action fell into a sequence, you were in a state of heightened awareness. It's wise to bring that to your practice every day. With practice, we can learn to engage these types of heightened states and see new opportunities for interpretations in our thoughts, emotions, and conversations. Having awareness creates the opportunity to make changes in behavior and beliefs.
Have you ever offended or hurt someone by something you said? You may have gauged a difference reaction. Once we become more aware of our tendencies, we are then able to navigate our work relationships better. The more self-aware, the more skillful we become.
Self-aware people are conscious of the amount of impact they have through social interactions and body language. A level of emotional intelligence helps us be fully self-aware.
The takeaway is simple: Focus on actions, words, and interactions and notice how they all relate. By being positive, and clear-sighted while practicing self-awareness we begin to direct interactions better.