Self-Awareness Workshops

Personal Development

What Is Self-Awareness?

Self-awareness is a significant part of personal development and it refers to being aware of how your thoughts and behaviors affect you and others. Many people are aware enough to identify things that need attention in their lives but they forget to take action to make it happen. There’s a big difference between knowing you do something and understanding it well enough to move it in a positive direction.

Take care,

Guy


Are You Ready for Change?

Change is a word that strikes fear into many leaders’ hearts and causes distress in many workplaces. Others welcome it and use it as an opportunity to move forward rather than declaring that the sky is falling. It’s up to you how you deal with change and you get to decide whether it’s an opportunity or a roadblock. I prefer an approach that welcomes change and uses it to improve the functioning of the organization.

Signs that you or your organization may not be quite ready for change:

  • Leaders and employees emphasize how things have always been done.
  • It takes a long time for any new idea to be considered.
  • Leadership doesn’t listen to suggestions or a variety of perspectives.
  • Decisions have always been made by the same individuals or group.
  • Leaders view change as admitting failure or as a threat to their authority.
  • Leadership is happy with the culture of the company but nobody else is.
  • The prevailing leadership style is reactive and focused on the past.
  • Change is only discussed as a negative or something to be avoided.

Signs that you’re ready for change:

  • Leaders and employees are open to doing things differently.
  • New ideas are entertained and considered promptly.
  • Leadership is open to suggestions and varying perspectives.
  • Independent decision-making is encouraged at every level.
  • Leaders see change as an opportunity to grow and lead more effectively.
  • People work together to build a culture that benefits everyone.
  • The preferred leadership style is proactive and forward-looking.
  • Change is openly talked about and used as a tool for progress.

Is your approach to change more like the first list or the second? You get to decide what kind of organization you design. When you resist change, you’ll likely find yourself dreading anything that’s different and scrambling to put out fires and stifling progress. If you invite change, you’ll enjoy dealing with the challenges that come your way and building a workplaces that’s flexible and agile. What will you do to welcome change into your organization?

Take care,

Guy


Getting Relationship Help that Works

Many people who have relationship problems think that they can fix them themselves or get help from friends and family. The difficulty with this approach is that not everyone is qualified to help us find the answers we want. They may mean well and love us very much but they may not have a clue on how to actually fix a problem. Ask yourself the following questions next time you are looking for someone to help you with your relationship challenges.

Does this person have a track record of expert relationship problem solving?
Does this person listen unconditionally without giving advice?
Does this person help you come up with your own answers?
Is this person too close to the situation or not objective enough?
Does the person have anything to gain from a specific outcome?
Has this person had any training in fixing relationships?

These basic questions highlight the importance of getting help that will not only make you feel better or supported but, additionally, to find help that helps you create the results you want. The advice you get from others may be kind and supportive but does the problem go away?

I often hear from my clients that it is difficult to seek outside help. We are often taught that we need to fix things ourselves or should not trust anyone outside of friends and family. The good news is that an outside person or coach can help you make a problem go away. A supportive coach has the skills and experience to help you move in any direction you choose.

The next time you have a relationship problem and need help, think of contacting a coach. Interview them and find out if they would work well with you. Find out if they can help you create the results you want. You may be pleasantly surprised with the range of helpful services a coach can provide you. You may also contact me with any questions on coaching or how it can be helpful to you.

Take care,

Guy

You Decide What Self-Awareness Is

Self-awareness is whatever you decide you want it to be based on what’s important to you and how you want to grow. It’s often the process of identifying areas in your life that you want to improve and taking action to make things happen. Self-awareness is most challenging when you’re uncomfortable in some way and genuinely motivated to change your thoughts or behaviors. You have to be ready to address the issue and willing to work on it until you generate positive results.

It’s advisable to approach self-awareness as an ongoing process rather than a quick fix. Deeper change requires long-term commitment and effort.

Take care,

Guy