The grok Approach—Identifying a Vector of Intent

As any observer of human nature knows, there is an important difference between "self-consciousness" and "self-awareness." Whereas self-consciousness tends to be driven by fear and insecurity, self-awareness is more likely to manifest as unselfish fearlessness—a calm-but-active presence in the moment. And where self-consciousness is usually considered to be a weakness, self-awareness is considered a strength.

This exercise concerns self-conscious action. Its challenge is to describe a scenario in your own life or that of someone you know in which the main character committed a self-conscious act (not merely adopted a self-conscious attitude) and to examine that act in light of the grok approach. The proper response to this exercise consists of two brief paragraphs:

  1. Describe the scenario and provide whatever background is necessary to understand what happened and why.
  2. Examine the act in light of the grok approach and declare (and justify your declaration) its vector of intent as gain, regain, or keep.

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For details regarding these concepts and terms, see the Discovering the Soul of Your Story—Overview video and the glossary. For more exercises like this, visit the Exercises category.

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