You need to deal with your ego if you wish to progress in your career. This means teaching yourself to be conscious of those moments where you look to control the narrative…where perhaps you shouldn’t
Egocentric thinking is found in the disposition in human nature to think with an automatic subconscious bias in favor of oneself. On a daily basis, you can begin to observe your egocentric thinking in action by contemplating questions like these:
Under what circumstances do I think with a bias in favor of myself?
Did I ever become irritable over small things?
Did I do or say anything “irrational” to get my way?
Did I try to impose my will upon others?
Did I ever fail to speak my mind when I felt strongly about something, and then later feel resentment?
Once you identify egocentric thinking in operation, you can then work to replace it with more rational thought through systematic self-reflection, thinking along the lines of: What would a rational person feel in this or that situation? What would a rational person do? How does that compare with what I want to do?
(Hint: If you find that you continually conclude that a rational person would behave just as you behaved you are probably engaging in self-deception.)