The scary thing about ignorance: We don’t know that we don’t know. It makes us blind to some hidden truth. Without realizing what is happening, our options, choices and outcomes are limited. The consequences can be devastating.
I believe getting breast cancer 12 years ago happened as a result of my ignorance about the causes of cancer. Once I got the diagnosis, I played Sherlock Holmes to this villain. My detective work has paid off. Today I am cancer free and my body is healthy. I owe the Sherlock part of me a debt of gratitude because I am off daily asthma medicine too! (I took it for 35 years.)
Is there a situation in your life that needs more awareness—more light? It could be physical or emotional discomfort, toxic relationship or work environment, negative thinking, stressful situation, or addiction, to name a few. Any of these situations could be managed better or eliminated with the right perspective or information. You might even prevent a “train wreck.”
Here are three strategies to help you become aware and break through the blindspots that may be compromising or limiting your life:
Be curious and open minded – If your choices are not bringing you the results you want, explore other options until you discover something that works. With an open mind, you have fewer distorted beliefs preventing you from finding a creative solution to the problem. You are also more likely to consider relevant information before you deny or reject it prematurely. Be curious about what is possible!
Do the research – Gathering the right information can stretch your personal resources—time, attention, energy and sometimes money. Do it anyway! Focus on the benefits of your efforts, and inspiration will carry you. Explore different sources. When you find a truth repeated in different places by different people, you have probably hit a jackpot!
Follow your intuition – Your intuition is a powerful resource. Develop it and allow it to become your trusted guide. Once you have done your research, your body and intuition can take it from there. They will guide you to what feels right for you, and it usually is. Life can feel magical when you integrate thinking and inner knowing!
Commit to the adventure of getting to the heart of what matters to you. By becoming a creative problem solver, you will improve your sense of self, health, finances, spirituality, relationships, career or lifestyle. When you take charge of what is within your power to change, you are on your way to living well longer. Make discovery and learning your life-long mission!