Awareness is the Greatest Agent of Change
"Awareness is like the sun. When it shines on things, they are transformed." – Thich Nhat Hanh
Are you a first responder? I am not talking about someone who rides around in an ambulance.
I am talking about that particular personality who is always the first to raise their hand in a meeting or training. That person is most likely to grab the opportunity to lead the group or direct the flow of a process with their own question.
I have definitely had the tendency to be this person.
There's certainly nothing wrong with this. The world depends on people who are willing and able to jump in to get the ball rolling. However, because I am constantly exploring my own evolution as a leader, I decided to peer inside and see if there was a pattern at play that might be limiting me. So I asked myself, "Why am I always the one to go first? What's uncomfortable for me in NOT going first?"
I realized that I felt a certain need to be seen as a leader, to set the standard for the group, and admittedly… to feel a sense of control in the room. But, as I slowed down and explored what it would be like not to go first, things began to shift.
I found that I enjoyed waiting and building off the ideas of others. Over time this led me to more of an abundance mindset where there was more than enough space for everyone to lead. I did not have to be the star when it was so rewarding to support others in the room to be the stars.
Bringing my awareness to this inquiry has completely up-leveled how I bring myself to my work and my life. Sometimes we can do it on our own, but to really move efficiently, the most direct path is to have someone who can see our blind spots and help us bring awareness to them. After all, no one wins the gold without a coach.
If you would like a direct experience where we take a look at your life and see where you might be unconsciously limiting yourself, then reach out to me for a conversation. As Eckhart Tolle puts it, "Awareness is the greatest agent for change."