Weekly Tools and Tips to Improve Any Relationship

January 31, 2018

Self-Awareness in the Workplace: 2018—A year of challenges


As we come to the end of January, many of us have made, and most likely broken, New Years resolutions. In fact, statistically, only about 58% of New Years resolutions are successful past the one-month mark.

If you find yourself falling into this statistic year after year, we’d love to offer a simple mindset shift that may help at least with 67.1% of your resolutions (those of self-improvement and relationships):


According to statisticbrain.com, 44.3% of resolutions are self-improvement related and 22.8% are relationship related. So, based on those figures,  a person’s resolutions along those lines of self-improvement and relationships could look something like this:

  • Get along better with _______
  • Stop gossiping about co-workers
  • Become more engaged… a team player

But, as you can see, these resolutions are all addressing vague, behavior-based problems.

We’ve found it is much more difficult for a person to change behaviors for good without examining why they do what they do.

A person with these goals instead might first want to ask themselves:

  • Why do I feel animosity towards _____?
  • Why do I need to put people down?
  • Why am I disengaged at work?  

Of course, in order come up with the answers to these questions, this person would need to look deeper than their surface behaviors and examine their motives. In other words, this person would need to become self-aware

What is self-awareness?

Oxford dictionary defines self-awareness as a conscious knowledge of one’s own character, feelings, motives, and desires. So, in order to become self-aware, you must do an honest self-evaluation–and that isn’t easy. No one likes to admit that Kathy in Accounting isn’t really the problem, but you are. You need to dig deep into aspects of your personality, character, feelings, motives, needs and wants without beating yourself up, and then make a specific plan to improve.

There are many ways to improve your self-awareness and Color Code is just one of many tools available. But, in case you love Color Code as much as we do, here are a few suggestions you can use to continue your self-awareness journey utilizing Color Code as a tool:

  1. When doing your self-evaluation, don’t be critical of what you find, but accept your findings as problems that can be solved. Over-examination can lead beyond self-awareness to self-consciousness, which defeats the purpose.  Blues…this means you.
  2. Think of how you relate to others and how they perceive you.
  3. For a clear picture of all of your behaviors, you will need to see your complete profile results. A person that is a Red with secondary White is SO much different than a person that is a Red with secondary Blue (and so on and so forth). Here is a $10 off code if you want to get your full results: “10off4u” 
  4. Once you have your full results in front of you, work on eliminating the limitations in colors other than your core motive, then move to your innate limitations. 
  5. Examine negative behaviors you have adopted from your parents, siblings, friends and coworkers. What made you take on those behaviors as your own?
  6. Think of a positive person you admire greatly…one whose character you would like to emulate…then emulate him.

Obviously, these suggestions won’t solve all your problems or magically help you lose those 15 pounds from the holidays… BUT they will help you have a much stronger foundation when you try to make and keep relationship and self-improvement goals.

We encourage you to give it a try and let us know how it goes.

Here’s to you and your relationships!

PS: Throughout 2018, we are going to be challenging you to become more self-aware with a series of self-awareness articles tackling serious and life-altering workplace issues such as bullying, conflict resolution, reverse mentoring, and corporate culture, to name just a few and by January of 2019 we hope you will have risen to the challenge to be more successful with your New Years resolutions and, more importantly, your life. 

Teresa Glenn

Teresa Glenn has been working with the Color Code since 2006, where her main focus is product development. She has been in the publishing and product development field for over 20 years. Teresa is a core Red with a strong Yellow secondary.