The Value of Self-Awareness in Career Acceleration


Awareness is knowing what’s happening around you, self-awareness is knowing what you’re experiencing. In a nutshell, self-awareness is all about reflection. Self-awareness helps you understand your values, priorities, relationships, emotions, as well as the things that have meaning to your life and work. Self-awareness will also help you uncover your skills, abilities, triggers, and areas of growth. Dedicating time to explore self-awareness can give you a distinct advantage in the workplace. The more aware you are of your beliefs, patterns, assets, and strengths the better you can perform on the job. Self-awareness can also help you discover how other people see you and engage with you.


Self-awareness means that you understand yourself better so you can make informed decisions that will help you improve your career and life. Self-awareness will allow you to identify what you like and dislike about your job and the type of work and work environment where you will thrive. Self-awareness is a critical component of career acceleration.


One strategy to help you become more self-aware at work is to start a career or professional journal. A career journal is an informal record of your achievements, ideas, goals, and even your challenges and the resolutions you implemented. Here are a few questions to jump start your career journaling journey.

  • Do you feel energized by your work?
  • Do you feel you are well-paid and fairly compensated for your education and experience?
  • Does your manager recognize and show appreciation for your contributions?
  • What’s working in your role and what isn’t?
  • What about working in your industry no longer serves you?
  • Where have you grown as a professional?


If you are tired of being overworked, underpaid, and unappreciated, know that dedicating time for reflection and self-awareness can initiate the process of becoming energized, well-paid, and appreciated through the evaluation of your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Let’s get started with your participation in my Uplevel Your Mindset Challenge.


Uplevel Your Mindset 5-Day Career Development Challenge

Quarter 3 Career Development Challenge

Date: August 9, 2021 – August 13, 2021


Join me for five (5) days of daily video career tips will be shared on Nicki Sanders Leadership Consulting’s Facebook page.



Nicki Sanders, MSW, CEO, is a Career and Empowerment Strategist who helps high-performing women of color in management go from overworked, underpaid, and unappreciated to energized, well paid, and appreciated. Through Nicki Sanders Leadership Consulting, she also helps businesses recruit, hire, train, and retain great employees. Nicki has an extensive background in developing and managing successful programs and leading high-functioning multi-disciplinary teams. She is an accomplished professor, coach, trainer, and group facilitator who has combined her gift for authentic relationships, Master of Social Work degree, and over 20 years of diverse work experience to create a life she loves. Nicki is a lover of cupcakes, travel, and 80’s hip hop and R&B music.

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