Do you know yourself? I mean genuinely know yourself from what drives you, to what drains you, to what songs makes you reminisce. Take a moment to reflect. The reason I posed this question is in order to be the best versions of ourselves and to be the true captain of our own ship we must gain control of our emotional center, or limbic system, this system is naturally programmed to guide us away from pain and into pleasure. This system ultimately protects us from serious physical injury but can somewhat cloud our mental judgement when it comes to making difficult decisions, our brain tends to associate uncharted waters with pain. This is where the right Professional Development program can aid you in reconditioning your basic pain/pleasure association. Anyone can begin reconditioning their thought process at any point in their lives; the key is to have a positive and open outlook. “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” –Socrates
Often, the biggest hurdle we face is the fact that we have to be honest about our shortcomings. An exercise I recommend to begin the process of clearing this hurdle is called the “Elephant in the room” aka the “Mirror Exercise” this exercise is designed to get you comfortable with being honest with yourself about all your flaws, faults, and shortcomings. This can be applied to both professional and personal relationships – execution is simple yet powerful: position yourself in front of a mirror in a secluded part of your home, next make good eye contact with yourself (sounds silly but it’s good practice for real P2P convos), next begin to speak out loud to yourself in the mirror (another silly practice that will help build confidence and comfort when speaking aloud), focus on all the negative aspects THAT YOU CAN CONTROL. Repeat this practice until you are comfortable enough with your flaws to being game-planning and implementing POSITIVE CHANGES. This is the first step in your very own professional development stay tuned for more nuggets in the weeks to come!
*Disclaimer this exercise may seem corny and trivial but I can guarantee you it will be one of the more challenging and life altering reflection exercise if you are genuinely honest with yourself, no sugar coating what so ever!*
“If you can’t be honest with yourself then who can you truly be honest with?” – Terrell Corbitt
As 2017 has just started and most people are finalizing their New Years resolution, I encourage you to add the “EITR” 🐘 exercise to your list, you will find yourself become increasingly accountable in day to day transactions and relationships. Try this for a month and leave me some feedback below that explains your personal progress. Thanks see y’all next week!