“Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.”
—Sigmund Freud, Austrian neurologist and the father of psychoanalysis
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Coaches are frequently asked, “What is the difference between coaching, counseling, and therapy?”
A thirty-second post would never do justice to this question. In today’s quote, Freud points to the value and usefulness of creating greater self-awareness, which is a component of each of the three supporting professions.
How would greater self-awareness and honesty serve you today?
“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.”
—Oliver Wendell Holmes, American physician & poet
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My trip to Europe last month was definitely a mind stretcher. Relatively unaware of this region of the world, I was somewhat embarrassed by my ignorance of the languages, customs, architecture, and of course, history.
Seeing the churches, castles, cities, towns, villages, and of course the people, made me realize that I am a not-so-worldly citizen with much to learn. I also now can see that both my roots and Wendy’s were formed to a good degree through the lives of previous generations of our families, who came from Europe.
What new experiences have you had recently, or are about to experience in the next month or so? How can and will you make the most of these mind-stretching opportunities?
“Awareness is the greatest agent for change.”
-Eckhart Tolle, Canadian Author and Spiritual Leader
Although we live in a world that is constantly changing, I would suggest that much of our internal worlds remain the same.
Examine your own attitudes and beliefs about the world around you and you will likely notice that most have remained relatively constant for years, and perhaps throughout your entire life.
Examination and internal exploration are key in enhancing our journey of self-awareness. This allows us to determine if and to what extent our long-standing beliefs and perspectives serve us optimally.
In the event they do not, this new awareness can act as an agent of change as Eckhart Tolle suggests.
What daily habits, rituals, behaviors, and practices can aid you in the development of your awareness muscles, that support positive change in your professional or personal life?
Here are some strategies to consider:
- Reflective walks in nature
- Reflective forms of exercise, such as Yoga
- Deep Breathing
Feel free to reply to this message to share your own self-awareness practices.