Developing self-awareness is possibly the biggest part of the work I do, either with 1-1 clients or in workshops. Once we truly understand ourselves it becomes easier to make sense of everything else.
Understanding yourself starts with being curious, wanting to know who you really are and how your unique thoughts and feelings affect your experience of life. There will be more articles about that in the next few weeks.
At this time of year, our tolerance, patience and energy levels can be really tested, especially when you put family relationships into the mix over Christmas. It’s a fabulous time, but it can be really stressful too.
I’ve been speaking a lot recently about being outside of your comfort zone, and developing your self-awareness can help with that also.
Here are some questions you could ask yourself whenever you find yourself in a situation where you feel uncomfortable, stressed, or even pushed to your limits. It takes practice to stop and look inwards in those moments, but it’s so worth it.
What am I feeling right now?
What are the thoughts or words in my head?
What do those feelings and thoughts make me want to do or say?
If I respond to my thoughts and feelings in that way, what might happen?
Would that be a positive outcome?
If not, what could I do instead?
It’s all part of developing healthy habits. As always, if I can help, get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org
Ruth Randall is a Life and Leadership Coach, and Team Development Specialist. Ruth works with teams to help them to build trust, develop strong working relationships, manage stress, and increase productivity and job satisfaction. She also coaches individual clients who want to make changes in their lives, careers and relationships.