by DLCC Coach Brian Yaucher
According to Merriam-Webster, one definition of blind spot is “an area in which one fails to exercise judgment or discrimination”.
Discovering your blind spots
Is there something in your life that no matter what you do doesn’t seem to change? It might show up in your work, values, finances, relationships or health. Maybe it’s an area where you fail to exercise clear judgment?
When we identify and label our personal blind spots we begin to understand them, and this increases our self-awareness. Discovering our blind spots may be difficult but with the help of a trained professional, such as a life coach, you can begin to recognize and address them.
My personal blind spot
When I was in my twenties and even early thirties, I was not good at managing my money. It seemed the more I made, the more I spent. I had a very active social life, so I would make excuses or blame others for dragging me out and wasting my money.
After going into a bit of debt, I knew something had to change. I started really focusing on why I wasn’t saving as much as it seemed I could. I carried a notebook with me to write down all the times spent money. I also made sure to keep all my receipts for additional accountability.
What I realized, as hard as it was to admit, was that I was the only one to blame for wasting my money. I was shocked to see all the things I spent money on: going out for food, drinks and buying clothing. This was very difficult at first to admit, and the only way I knew how this would change is to identify my blind spot.
At times it was challenging to do on my own, so I started enlisting close friends to remind me when I went out. As time went by, I was able to recognize my spending habits and even hired a financial advisor to make sure I stayed on track. Being able to identify and understand your personal blind spots will help you not only move past your obstacles but will increase a lifetime of personal growth.
Checking the mirror
In my case, I was able to discover my own blind spot and make some adjustments to change my habits. In other cases, you might need someone else to help you figure out where things have gotten off track.
If you are interested in working on your blind spots with a coach, I would love to talk to you! Until then, keep checking your mirror to stay on track.