To conclude this “workweek’s” self-awareness theme, I wanted to tie up loose ends by discussing how you can ensure you’re always self-aware. Remember, we are constantly in state of change — for better, for worse. It’s impossible to stay stagnant (brush up on this with my post on the vectors of time — oh yeah, I’m busting out the physics lingo), so if you’re not getting better, you’re getting worse.
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The key to making positive change happen is to know where your weaknesses lie and to jumpstart working on them for the better. Once you’ve got the humility and honesty towards yourself, free of judgment and punishment, you can perpetuate the improvement journey by always asking questions.
It can be as simple as asking your friend, brother, or partner what they think, or it can be having an extensive chat with your healthcare provider, therapist, or other kind of professional. It can even be extensive reading. I’ve always been agape at just how much of the written word there is in the world; to me, man’s greatest invention was the book. There are vast amounts of information out there for anyone to read, and if you do the right kind of search, you’ll find answers to anything you may want to know.
If it weren’t for asking questions and constantly digging for more information, more ways I might be able to strengthen my body and mind in this journey of rehabilitation, this blog would not be here. (Certainly not written by me, anyway.)
If you’re one to believe that horrible adage “Curiosity killed the cat,” well, as long as the questions you’re asking pertain to you and only you, and your condition, don’t feel guilty for trying to work on yourself. Anyone who’s going to give you trouble for being “overly curious” is just impatient and not the right person to be asking, anyway.
And it is also vital to keep an open mind. Do not get defensive when someone is too frank with you. Sometimes we all need a little tough love. It takes a mature and loving mind to be able to accept constructive criticism. Forgive minor missteps that may lack appropriate tact, as long as you can see that whatever’s being said is coming from a mature and loving place. Not everyone responds the same way to an open invitation to give feedback. But feedback is totally essential to getting the results you want. After all, no scientific study yields significant results until analyses make them significant, right?
I hope this week of themed posts was beneficial. If you have anything to share or say on the new format I’ve tried out this week, please either post a comment below or e-mail me. Feedback is very important to the betterment of this blog!
I’m sure I’ll talk with you again at the weekend, but for the meantime I’ll bid you a good night.
To our healing,