AltanaESP Glossary

Even as water carves monuments of stone, so do our thoughts shape our character. ~ Hugh B. Brown ~

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Approved 13 February, 2022 @ 5:00pm by Jan Viljoen (version: 11)

Self-Examination & Assessment

Needed for a balanced self-determination and healthy equilibrium.

Self-examination1), assessment and evaluation is an ongoing practice that needs to run in symbiotic synchronicity with any activities and actions taken before, during and after any change project being initiated and conducted with the necessary inner desire, commitment and intrinsic motivation to bring about productive change.

It is strongly advised that self-examination and assessment becomes a habit that is conducted often – preferably daily 2) – to keep things on track, to sustain control of our life's, steadily achieve our life goals and prevent (or at least limit) possible derailments often accompanying any change management project executed, systematically, purposefully and SMARTly.

Self-examination isn’t something that happens spontaneously. We must deliberately put a self-examination process into motion (i.e. set ourselves on “fire”… so to speak), and keep the fire “burning” by continuously asking and answering critical questions about ourselves, our current umwelt and created reality.

In essence - self-examination and assessment - forms the baseline of regular reality checks to sustain a personal and professional path in life characterized by self-development and growth.

Therefore, it is essential that we frequently criticize3) ourselves by means of critical thinking, which consider and pay particular attention to…

The me…

Others try to make me

Others perceive me to be

I think I am

I wish I were

I try to project

I use to be

I really am


Self-understanding and knowledge Manuscript

The primary purpose and ultimate aim of the foregoing exploration questions9) is to put together an authentic self-understanding and knowledge manuscript10) as countermeasure for the darks side of self-actualization, an emerging imposter archetype and to reference when addressing and solving everyday problems, obstacles, issues, facing challenges, when confronted by change and to serve as an authentic and reliable personal and professional Self-Examination & Assessment. Compiling a self-understanding and knowledge manuscript requires formulating answers - preferbly all, but at least some - of the following questions…

  • What is your authentic identity?
  • Do you submit a particular organized religion or do you conduct a personal spiritual practice? And why do you?
  • What do you truly believe in?
  • What is your highest values in life?
  • What was the best time of your life?
  • What was the worst thing that ever happened to you?
  • What’s your biggest dream in life?
  • What did you want to be when you were younger?
  • What achievement are you the proudest of?
  • What is your biggest accomplishment?
  • What is your biggest failure?
  • What did you learn about yourself from your past experiences, both your previous successes and failures?
  • What failure still haunts you to this day?
  • What’s one obstacle you’ve had to overcome in your life?
  • What was/is your best relationship?
  • Do you like your job? If not, what would you prefer to do instead?
  • If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
  • What are your favourite hobbies?
  • If money was no object, what would you like to do/accomplish in life?
  • If you could be doing anything, anywhere right now, what and where would it be?
  • What are you thankful for?
  • What do you wish other people could understand better about you?
  • What’s something that no one would guess about you?
  • If you could turn back time and do anything differently, would you? What? & Why?
  • What are you currently doing to improve yourself and your circumstances?
  • What’s the craziest, or most exciting thing you’ve ever done?
  • What do you think about most of the time?
  • What’s the most important thing that you value the highest?
  • How do you handle being in either a bad or good mood?

Incorporating answers of the foregoing self-exploration questions and the self-understanding and knowledge manuscript, should at least provide you with knowledge and an understanding of how you…

  1. deal with individuality versus conformity.
  2. sustain interactions & relationships.
  3. exercising personal power & assertiveness.
  4. manage emotions, feelings & self-discipline/control.
  5. use your willpower, motivation and apply conative directivity.
  6. utilize your power of the mind, critical thinking, logical reasoning & common sense.
  7. establish and maintain your spiritual self, ethics, values, priorities & character.

Self-examination presume the careful exploration and examination of our own actions, behaviours, action models, attitudes and beliefs to determine whether they are still effective, contextualized or did they become ineffective.
Daily ME-time Guidelines: At least twice a day… preferably 5-10 minutes in the morning to reaffirm what needs to be achieved during the day, and 15-30 minutes at night - before going to bed - to reflect on the day and plan for the following day.
Criticism is the analysis and evaluation of works and deeds. More subtly tied to theory; it is interpretive, involving the effort to understand a particular situation from a theoretical perspective and to establish its significance in the process of events.
Our seven Self-Examination & Assessment are sight, hearing, smell, taste, touching, muscle tone (i.e. kinetics) and somatic (i.e. biofeedback).
Self-actualization refers to our achievement of our optimal potential through creativity, independence, spontaneity and a balanced grasp of the real world.
Perseverance is the persistence, the continued effort and determination in doing something, despite difficulty or delay or opposition in achieving success. Thus, our GRIT,
The main obstacle to deal with and overcome is that we are frequently and continuously subjected to indoctrination, classical conditioning and both religious and political dogmas.
All that we can be has as its foundation optimal self-actualization.
Key questions regarding The me others… try to make me; perceive me to be and the me I… think I am; wish I were; try to project; use to be; really am
A manuscript is the original copy of a book or article or document before it is either published, printed or used. I.e. the Healing Journal
tools/selfexam.txt · Last modified: 13 February, 2022 @ 5:00pm by Jan Viljoen