Knowing ourself as a fundamental condition for planning and applying an effective personal Strategy – Part B’
The fourth facet is perhaps the most interesting considering the extending potential of its content. The first three are about grasping and understanding the aspects and characteristics that can be either realized on the course of action or through self-observation, discussion, diagnostic tools. The latter, however, presupposes the knowledge via trial and error.
There is no other way of sufficiently understanding our strength and pressure limits after all, other than being tested in real conditions. In spite of our assumption based on a theoretical assessment (eg, a relationship we want to keep alive, despite the temporary distance due to professional obligations), we can never be sure unless we have a first hand experience of the situation in front of us.
In light of this, the fourth facet may as well encompass all the other three. Namely, after shaping a realistic form of our aspirations, our skills, our fears, we proceed in evaluating in practice the effectiveness of our assessments. Still, it does not identify with any of them, learning about ourselves through actual experience encompass other elements too, such as the type of character, dominant aspects of our personality not previously apparent, key features of our worldview.
Concluding the present analysis, knowing our endurance limits and multiple aspects of ourselves is directly related to a better prepared and actuated personal strategy. As far as the former case is concerned, it is noted that by being aware of how far we can stretch our step as well as realizing what kind of “material” our character and personality are made of (or at least what elements in us tend to prevail over others), we are able to form a plan where the partial facets interconnect in a result-giving fashion.
This aspect allows us to better estimate the congruent relation “pursuit-abilities-fears”. Even if we have a fairly good grasp of these facets, the experience tested on the field enables us to put our goal in perspective: what is the approximate degree of satisfaction my goal will provide me with, which parts of me will probably remain unsatisfied urging for a new pursuit in order to be likewise satisfied, which of my skills will more effortlessly this time achieve the result I am targeting for and in what degree should it be employed?
As far as the applying of our personal strategy is concerned, there are no essential differences: how can we use in our favor our fears to the extent that it keeps us unharmed, how do we translate the use of a skill under strenuous conditions, what is the manner our immediate environment perceives our projection of power, what is the reaction of people surrounding us in the case a weakness come to light at a given point in time, what is the degree of adjusting and altering partial aspects of our goal along the way in order to keep our pursuit within realistic track?