Awareness, Part II

I wanted to extend my thoughts from last week about awareness. As we work toward achieving things in our lives, the strategies or tactics we put into place are not as important as the underlying principles that help us stick with something and work towards what we want. Below are a few things that I believe we need to be aware of in our lives.

Be aware of your thoughts and words. Our thoughts and words are going to dictate what we can become. Accomplishing what we want starts with the belief that we can achieve great things. Belief ultimately comes from our thoughts and words. We have to be aware of our thoughts and words daily, and make sure they truly align with what we believe.

Be aware of adversity and its purpose. We have to realize the harsh realities of being a human. Things are going to be challenging at times. Life is not about adversity; it is about accepting adversity and using it to learn and grow. Expect adversity, but expect to overcome it.

Be aware of what is in your control and what is not. Things that are in our control are all we can impact. And, honestly, all we can control is our actions. Part of awareness is being able to focus on the right things and leave the rest alone. Being aware of what is in your control is about giving your personal best and attention to the things right in front of you.

Be aware of your emotional response. We all know those specific things that frustrate us when they occur. Be aware of those events that provoke an emotional response and have a plan to deal with them.  An awareness of these events can help us handle each situation more productively rather than reacting emotionally.

Be aware that our mind gravitates toward the negatives. This process is an evolutionary response. It keeps us safe. We are designed to pay more attention to dangers than we are to positive stimuli. The voice inside your head when negatives occur is usually speaking on imaginary fears. Don’t listen. Be aware of this negative voice and fight the messages it poses with positive self-talk.

Be aware of the practice needed to achieve what you want. Practice is how we turn the first five things described above into who we are. There is a learning zone; and there is a comfort zone. To add these ideals as a permanent part of our life, we have to put them into practice. We have to move out of our comfort zones and lean into the discomfort of learning. We must be aware that learning is rarely comfortable and take advantage of opportunities to grow when they occur.

Try to spend time going forward being aware of these six ideas, and how they impact your work.

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