When it comes to being self aware, we all have a tendency to see when someone else isn't aware of how they are, but, we can be blind when it comes to seeing ourselves as we are. When this pertains to business and life in general, you need to know what your limitations are and how to operate on your strengths.
Don't Assume You Can't - When it comes to doing something you haven't done before, don't assume that you can't do it! How do you know if you have never tried it? Making assumptions can get us in trouble with others, so why do it to yourself? You have to step outside of yourself and give yourself the benefit of the doubt like you would someone else--especially if you truly have no experience with something. Remember how you started out on this earth: you couldn't talk, walk, run, feed yourself or all sorts of things you now do! What if you gave up before you learned all of that stuff? My grandson isn't even a year old yet, and he can do most of those things I just listed! That's pretty amazing when you think about it, so how much more can you learn something new, with all your years of experience? Give yourself a chance to see what you can do.
Don't Be Overly Confident - It is a good thing to be confident, but not so good to be overly confident! You may miss important details if you think you know everything about everything all the time! It's not a bad thing to double check yourself. Reread those instructions. Ask the questions you need to ask to be sure you have all the details correct and pay attention when someone is trying to teach you something. Someone else may have a better way of doing something that you haven't heard about yet! If you stay teachable and pay attention to details, then that confidence will come from a good place and not just from your inflated ego. You wouldn't want to work with a know-it-all who can't learn new things or appreciate what you have to offer either, so don't be that person!
Learn When to Say No/Yes - Part of knowing your limitations is learning when you need to say NO to something or when you need to say YES too. Remind yourself of past projects you have done and take inventory of what worked and what didn't. Apply some of those situations to whatever project/job you are being asked to do so that you can see if you can not only do the job, but, fit it into whatever else you have going on now as well. If it's something completely new, you need to be sure you have extra time allotted so you can learn the steps you need to learn and get the project done. If it is something you struggled with before, figure what you struggle was with the last time and see if those obstacles are still valid or if they have changed now. Maybe what didn't work before can work now and maybe it's something you just can't give the proper attention to now and you need to decline. There is a learning curve with this, too. Unfortunately we don't always learn when to say no until we couldn't get something accomplished and when we should say yes until after we passed on a great opportunity because for whatever reason we felt we weren't ready. So just pay attention when those times come, so that for future decisions, you will have a better understanding of yourself and what you can and can't handle.
Focus on Your Abilities - Along with learning your limitations, you need to also focus on your abilities. If you spend all your time learning what all you can't do and don't keep record of what all you can do, you will miss out on some of the best things that come your way! So take good, detailed notes on all of those wonderful things you can do. You may find your limitations will minimize and your success rate will increase and who doesn't want that to happen?
Learning about yourself isn't an easy thing to do. Like I said before, sometimes you learn by trial and error and not until you try something do you truly know if you can handle it or not. Learning your limitations takes courage and the ability to look at yourself through someone else's eyes so that you can see who you need to be and even who you don't want to be, too. If you don't learn about something, you never can learn how to change it, right?!