“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.”— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, polymath
What is Self Intelligence?
Self Intelligence is a meta competency made up of two parts; self-awareness and self-management.
Self-awareness is being conscious of your thoughts, emotions, behaviours and capabilities, how you are affected by them and how they affect others.
Self-management is the ability to evaluate your thoughts, emotions, behaviours and capabilities and manage them accordingly, to what challenges are presented to you, for the most successful outcome.
From awareness comes choice. The choices you make are determined by what strategies you have to manage a situation or experience. The greater your "management toolkit", the better choices you make in life. These choices then influence your awareness, so Self Intelligence is cyclic in nature.
“Know thyself”— Inscription at the Temple of Delphi
Self Intelligence is also known by other names. Peter Senge, author of The Fifth Disciple calls it personal mastery. Howard Gardner, founder of the Multiple Intelligence theory calls it Intrapersonal Intelligence.
Why is Self Intelligence important?
All great philosophers, spiritual teachers and the smartest people to walk the face of the earth have basically said the same thing – the most important thing you can do is to know yourself better than you know yourself now. Understanding yourself better leads to you enjoying the associated fruits of success and achieving your desired level of fulfillment.