Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Self Scouting

In sport many teams and individuals spend time on what is known as ‘self scouting’. Rather than thinking about and planning for the next game and what strategy they should be developing, they take the time to consider themselves. They look to identify strengths, weaknesses and trends, the identification of which will in turn help them better understand themselves and focus on areas for improvement.

As human beings we tend to have reluctance to self scout. It can feel awkward, almost making ourselves feel embarrassed by thinking about how we are acting and performing on a day-to-day basis. Self scouting is something that is very easy to ignore – but we do so at our own peril. By choosing not to do so we could be at minimum ignoring the opportunity of improvement and at worse hiding our head in the sand.

Perhaps we start by being strong enough to regularly ask ourselves (and answer) a few hard hitting questions? The great thing is that you do not have to share the answers with anyone else – they are just for your consumption!

For example, but I am sure you can come up with your own;

-          What I am doing on a regular basis that holds me back?
-          What am I doing about the things that matter most to me?
-          What am I holding onto that I need to let go of?
-          When am I going to surprise myself by doing something new or different?
-          How do those who are important to me view how I act?
-          How many new people have I got to know recently?

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