What we cannot see is often what hinders us the most. Have you ever been told by someone close to you that you act a certain way, but fail to see it? What have people told you that caught you by surprise? How did it make you feel when you heard this news? I will let you in on a few truths that lie within each one of us. First, we all have blind spots that conceal our awareness. Second, you can shift your perspective to help become aware of who you are; and last, you can use your blind spots to build relationships with others.
According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, a blind spot as it relates to human behavior is defined as: “An area in which one fails to exercise judgment or discrimination.” This means that there are different frames of view within our conscious mind that we fail to see. Coming from an outside perspective, others can see these blind spots when the one expressing the blind spot is left unaware of their behavior. The blind spots that we currently possess, we are not aware of. It takes an awakening from another person or unfamiliar situation to help uncover our awareness of a particular behavior. We all possess blind spots; however, it is only a matter of uncovering them through awareness that will help us understand who we are and how we operate.
Blind spots can hinder us, or they can help us. Becoming aware of the types of behavior that we do automatically gives us the ability to have the choice of changing our behavior. If we have developed an unwanted behavior, this gives us the opportunity to shift our perspective to develop the behavior we want to see in our lives. If we have developed a positive quality in our behavior this can help us serve our strengths in who we are. Most of the time we think we know exactly who we are, but when we present ourselves in unfamiliar situations, our blind spots start to uncover themselves. Becoming aware of our strengths or weaknesses in our behavior gives us the opportunity to choose to shift our perspective to create the outcome we want. What do you choose?
After discovering our blind spots, we can now help others by changing our behavior to positively impact our surroundings. Awareness of our blind spots whether positive or negative can help us build relationships with the people we surround ourselves with. If we become aware of a negative behavior, we can now change that behavior to prevent future problems. Becoming aware of a positive behavior can help us to live in our strengths and propel us to reach our full potential. Whatever behavior you discover as a blind spot, now gives you the ability to make a positive impact on your environment. This process of self-discovery now gives you the gift of living the positive, authentic example you choose to create. What have you done to discover your blind spots? What example do you want to live by? Take the time today to help discover your true, authentic self. This is your time to start leading your life, your business, and your community! Live to your strengths and use your blind spots to start serving others.
Carl currently resides in Wichita, KS where he coaches and consults businesses, community groups, and individuals with Exemplify.