Elevate the gap
After acceptance comes awareness.
It’s getting curious about what you don’t know. Curiosity is the driving force behind knowledge expansion. Embrace your innate sense of wonder and question the world around you. Be bold, ask questions, explore new topics, and challenge your beliefs. Curiosity paves the way for new experiences and insights, helping you expand your awareness beyond your comfort zone.
Be honest with yourself about what you don’t know, and don’t shy away from seeking guidance from others who possess expertise in areas you lack. This humility allows you to fill those gaps and enhances your awareness.
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Embark on learning adventures
As part of this, embrace lifelong learning (and yes, I know this is something I go on about this all the time). When you love learning so much becomes easier.
Learning should not be confined to the classroom or formal education. Read books, take online courses, attend workshops, and engage in discussions with people from diverse backgrounds.
Surround yourself with people from diverse cultures, professions, and backgrounds. Engaging in meaningful conversations with others who have different views that will challenge your assumptions and broaden your horizons.
Travel to destinations unknown. Shift your routine. Do something you’ve never done before. Make something you’ve never made before. The options are endless.
These activities will alter how you see yourself, the world and your place in it, and importantly, enable you to see the world through different lenses.
Take time to reflect on what you’ve learned and how it has impacted your awareness. Journal your thoughts, observations, and newfound insights regularly. Self-reflection helps solidify your learning and reinforces a continuous cycle of acceptance, awareness and adaptation.
Mindfulness practices like meditation and self-reflection provide a pathway to deeper self-awareness. By slowing down and observing your thoughts and emotions, you can identify areas where you might be unconsciously biased or limited in your understanding.
As British polymath, Sir Claus Moser said, “Education costs money. But then so does ignorance”.
For me, the cost isn’t just about money. Cost can be time, commitment and energy. Everything we do in life has a cost involved, and it’s about knowing what matters the most so you can spend wisely. It’s hard to do that when self-awareness is missing in action.
This was first published on michellegibbings.com
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