This past week in my First Year Arts Community Experience class here at SMU, we talked a lot about personal effectiveness. What it is, what it means to be (or not to be) effective as a person and what several different facets of personal effectiveness are. We were each given a rubric and asked to evaluate our own personal effectiveness up to this point, and this post is meant to be a sort of follow up to that. On said rubric, we were able to give ourselves a score from zero to four in eight different categories: Courage, Resilience, Adaptability to New Approaches, Innovation, Communication, Growth-mindedness, Response to Feedback and Self Awareness. Overall I think I was a bit too easy on myself when doing this assignment, but regardless, here are the scores that I gave myself and short explanations of each one.
Courage (Takes Risks) – 2. Right now I feel as though I’m not really incredibly willing to try to change many situations that I’m not happy with. By this I mean that if there is a teacher or class that I am frustrated with it is currently very likely that instead of speaking to said teacher about it I will instead shut down and not work very much to improve the things I’m not happy with.
Resilience (Remains Optimistic) – 2. This in a way goes along with the last point. If I am overwhelmed, oftentimes I will simply drown myself in thoughts of how difficult it will be to get back on track and not be able to get work done.
Entrepreneurial (Adopts New Approaches) – 3. Currently I feel that I have a lot to bring to any sort of group project in terms of simple ideas to solve problems and accomplish things. However, depending on the situation, I am sometimes unable or unwilling to actually share my ideas.
Entrepreneurial (Innovates to get Results) – 3. This is fairly self explanatory. I am often manipulating my schedule or practice/study hours to get better results.
Reflection and Communication (Communicates Effectively) – 3. This is slightly related to “Adopts New Approaches.” When I have ideas, I am able to communicate them well, but there us usually a question of whether or not I am willing to do so.
Reflection and Communication (Growth-minded) – 4. One of my biggest strengths from the different areas that I’ve been involved in is my ability to evaluate myself and others objectively.
Reflection (Respond to Feedback) – 4. This is also one of my biggest strengths. No matter how much information you give me in a private lesson or practically any other environment, I can guarantee that at least 95% of it will be thought about and perhaps put into practice by our next meeting.
Reflection and Communication (Self-aware and Able to Adjust) – 3. Though I can objectively view myself, I sometimes have trouble making changes based on my own observations.
Lately I’ve been listening to:
Various string quartets (Mozart’s “Dissonance,” Bartok’s six quartets)
The Unanswered Question – Ives
SCRAMBLES – Bomb the Music Industry!