Time to develop your observing self and go from stuck to empowered!
Are you feeling like life is just passing you by, leaving you feeling lost and disconnected from your own thoughts and emotions? It’s like you’re being driven by things outside your control, unaware of what you want and need. You might even question why you do what you do or why you are in the relationships you have. If you do, you’ll be relieved to know there is nothing wrong with you. You may simply be suffering from brain blindness, a condition that can leave you feeling like you’re stuck in a rut with no way out. The cure is developing an observing self, increasing self-awareness, and taking charge of your life!
Let’s start by defining brain blindness – it’s a state where you’re unable to understand or perceive your own thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Your brain is operating on automatic pilot, throwing out negative thoughts, judgments and feelings that you believe are true. Being brain-blind has some pretty significant consequences, including making poor decisions, not prioritizing yourself, staying codependent in relationships, feeling like an imposter, and limiting personal growth.
What’s a brain-blind person to do?
The first step in becoming self-aware is to get to know your brain. What’s your Striving Style or MBTI type, and what are the emotional drivers of your behavior. Knowing your Striving Stylein particular, provides a roadmap for developing from self-protective behaviours to self-actualizing. Becoming aware of when you are being self-protective and deciding to shift comes from developing an observing self who sees and decides what behavior you want to use instead of being at the mercy of your brain.
Another way to develop self-awareness is through mindfulness. Being aware of and maintaining focus on the present moment and becoming aware of your thoughts and emotions without judgment. This can help you understand how your thoughts and emotions impact your behavior and decision-making.
Self-reflection is also a powerful tool for developing self-awareness. Take some time each week to reflect on your experiences and identify lessons you’ve learned. Ask yourself thought-provoking questions like, “What could I have done differently?” or “How can I use this experience to grow and improve?” Keeping a journal and writing down your thoughts and feelings can help you identify patterns of behavior that may be holding you back.
Last but not least, practice self-compassion. Treat yourself with kindness and understanding, especially when you make mistakes or face challenges. We all make mistakes, and that’s perfectly okay! Embrace them and use them as opportunities for growth and self-development.
It’s encouraging to know that brain blindness is where you are stuck, and it doesn’t have to hold you back from becoming self-aware and continuing your development. By getting to know your brain through the Striving Styles Assessment, practicing mindfulness, journaling, engaging in self-reflection, and practicing self-compassion, you can break free from the automatic pilot your brain will operate in when you haven’t developed an observing self.
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