18 Aug Raise Your Awareness + Recognize Your Blind Spots
Tim and I have the privilege of not only working alongside executives and companies on improving overall organization health, but we also get to interview some incredible individuals doing amazing things across the globe on our Uphill Conversations and UCYP podcasts.
In recent conversations with guests and clients, we’ve delved into reinvention and realignment by way of increasing one’s own awareness. But this isn’t as easy as it sounds.
By awareness, I don’t mean your ability to take in, process and interpret what is going on in the world around you, but truly taking in what’s going on in your own mind and deeper into your own subconscious. Our subconscious drives us more than most people realize and depending on what we’ve been telling ourselves over the years, how we dialogue internally and what we come to live what we believe about ourselves, this isn’t always a good thing. In fact, it is often the opposite.
Have you heard the term “head trash”? A good friend of mine used it today and it’s exactly what I’m talking about. We come to believe the negative things we say to ourselves relating to our abilities, intelligence, and even our potential and we live according to our own self-imposed limitations.
So how can you go about becoming more aware and getting rid of our head trash? Here are a few ways to get started:
- Be still. Spend some time with your own thoughts. Tim would tell you to find the sacred space in a flattened world. Whether it’s meditation, running without earbuds, or just taking 5 minutes to stop moving – allowing your mind to rest so your subconscious can work to bring clarity and help to center you.
- Journal. It can be very easy to allow multiple thoughts to swarm around in your head and live rent free without making any progress. So stop just thinking and address them head on. Put pen to paper in order to begin making sense of it all. Put things in order and ask yourself difficult questions, addressing head on the things that you avoid or things that scare you.
- Let others in. Many of us have a trusted group of friends, loved ones or mentors that we go to with challenges or opportunities. Allow yourself to open the door for these individuals to be like a coach and ask YOU the tough questions. Let them challenge your thinking and give them the freedom to point out the things that are in your “blind spots” without judgement or fear of repercussions.
- Hire a coach. Unlike every other person in your life, a coach has no self-serving ties or interest in the choices you make, beyond helping you achieve what you desire. Their number one goal is to help you define where you want to go – not by giving advice or mandating action – but by asking powerful questions so you can determine how best to get there.
There are many different methods you can undertake and the great thing is you can see impact by doing just one of the above. Even better, if you combine these, you can see an even greater impact and possibly experience quicker results.
Ultimately, no matter your specific goals – greater fulfillment, personal growth, greater business success, improved relationships, etc. – improving your awareness and mindfulness will have a positive impact on your overall quality of life.
So, what are you doing to enhance your awareness and uncover your blind spots?