THE QUESTION: What are your blind spots?
We all have those unwanted traits that keep us from being who we want to be. We are aware of some of these destructive behaviors, but some of them we are not. The ones we are not mindful of are called blind spots. They are those character defects we can quickly point out in a friend but are resistant to recognize in ourselves. An example might be, we complain that our family is constantly judging us, yet this complaint never stops us from making comments about how someone dresses, speaks, etc... Because our blind spot behavior is instantaneous and comfortable, it is tough for us to recognize, much less fix. However, if we desire to remove the internal conflict that prohibits peace and satisfaction from ruling our consciousness, these hidden behaviors must disappear.
Our life is a measurement of our actions, so when the results we are getting at work, in relationships, at home, or in recovery are not necessarily what we want, it might be because of our blind spots. The fact is, these limiting and often harmful behaviors have probably already been brought to our attention, but because they are so ingrained in us, we ignore the feedback or rationalize why they are not a problem. Thus, our blind spots remain present and continue to restrict our evolution in life and recovery.
The process to identify and clean up our blind spots is a continuation of our desire to be better today than we were yesterday. It is us accepting that there are things we don't know about ourselves and that certain beliefs we carry could be wrong. However, a commitment to removing your blind spots is more profound than it appears. To change habits and beliefs that you never thought were a problem requires faith in the recovery process and trust in those providing the guidance. Committing to make these changes proves you are ready to listen to a new voice. It verifies you are prepared to challenge the belief system that failed you in the past, and it is confirmation that you see an opportunity to make your hopes and dreams come true.
Like all things in recovery, identifying and overcoming your blind spots leads to bigger and better things, but it cannot be done alone. Have the courage to ask your therapist what hidden behaviors are keeping you from becoming who you want to be. A life that you love sits on the other side of this question.
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