We all want to be better people. We all want our own leadership skills to be more effective, whether it is leadership of a large team of people or our family unit. And many of us are (maybe grudgingly) aware that greater self-knowledge is very important for transcending the aspects of our own behavior that trip us up. Yet that doesn’t mean we are willing to go sit on a mountaintop and learn to meditate in order to become more self-aware. If that’s what it takes … forget it, I’ll do the best I can with what I have.
In my explorations into the effectiveness of flow for solving problems of both a personal and professional nature, I have learned that we don’t need to sacrifice part of ourselves in order to gain more self-knowledge. What we are after is our authentic self. If you are in a position of influence, whether in business, politics, education or otherwise, stay there! We need you in that role, not on the mountaintop. When we talk about self-knowledge, we are really just saying “be your authentic self.” The challenge is that our authentic self is typically buried under many layers of rubble. Removing that rubble is like looking at the world through a new pair of glasses.