Do you have a blind spot? Most of us do. I'm not referring to your eye health or your visual acuity. I'm referring to aspects of our lives that we don't see clearly or address fully. When you're driving down the road and there is a place you want to get to, you may need to switch lanes. If you drive a newer model car, you are warned if there is an approaching car that makes it unsafe to move into a new lane to reach your desired destination.
Our lives don’t have such an advanced navigation system. We must rely on our internal guidance. Our internal guidance system is pre-programmed by our past experiences, failures and achievements. We tend to steer in the direction that feels most familiar. The pain of disappointments can be far more overpowering than the success of our achievements. It’s the reason why we desire change but tend to avoid it. We know there is something we could be doing, maybe, should be doing differently, yet because of our underlying fear, uncertainty and disappointments, we avoid it. That's our blind spot!
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I had a blind spot for many years. I overlooked how I was controlling my spending. I now know it was the one area of my life that prevented me from achieving my greater desires such as developing wellness programs and placing my income on what mattered most, sooner. For me, it was a gnawing place of pain, a continual source of frustration and, even, some shame in not doing what I truly wanted. Our blind spot has little to do with how others perceive us. For many, we are more than adequate, maybe even considered accomplished in our outer lives. Our blind spot is our own failure to take action on a deeper calling of ourselves. In the words of one of my esteemed teachers, Iyanla Vansant, “You can't fix what you won't face.”
So, what's your blind spot? What areas in your life have you avoided taking action on. What’s holding you back from your true desire? How will you face it? My encouragement to you, is to first acknowledge it. Be aware of what it feels like not to address your blind spot. If you’re honest with yourself, it doesn’t feel very good. Then, imagine what it may feel like when you’ve removed your blind spot and are living in the lane of your desires. Aahhh, that feels much better!
Your blind spot is your ‘rate limiting step’, which means the one step that prevents the desired outcome and the rate of your ultimate success! Once you've acknowledged your limitations, acceptance of where you are and your willingness to proceed becomes much easier. It may seem difficult, at first. Write down what you have been avoiding. How has that stopped you from achieving the next steps to your greatness? You will then have a clearer picture of the action needed. Your mind thrives on new discovery, ideas and adventures, and the satisfaction of accomplishing something new.
However, when we allow our internal fears to hold us back and create a blind spot we miss out on the fulfillment of a new discovery. Whether it’s being in better health, improving relationships, living more freely, or exploring a new adventure, you get to decide how you’ll get there, but only after you uncover your blind spot.
Here are the steps that can take you in the right direction:
No great success is ever accomplished alone. When you seek out teachers, coaches and wisdom keepers, you get to learn how to navigate your life with greater ease. Don’t let your blind spot hold you back!