Blind spots can make us feel uncomfortable but we dismiss it sometimes….
In our daily lives, we are able to reflect on some aspects, such as relationship, work and health. We are usually fully aware of our actions unless our health is poor and have difficulties with concentration. We may then not understand the impact of our actions since we may be unable to identify our difficulties. Others may recognise our blind spots. Kathleen Mathews, in Leadership Journal dated 23rd October 2014, described blind spots which, ‘others can see about but you can’t see’, for example, when driving. The side mirror enables us to identify potential hazards and gives us the opportunity to take remedial steps; we may establish a feedback system to monitor our performance.
Mathews went on to elaborate the three ways leaders can blind spots and eliminate them: self-awareness, commitment to personal development and readiness to change (2014). Coaching can enable people to enhance their sense of self-awareness because they may learn more about their strengths and weaknesses. In the process, people can access different resources for their development because they are involved in the changes whereby they draw from their personal experiences to tackle the blind spots.
What About Our Health?
Regarding health, people can seek help because they may then identify the blind spot, for exampole, by requesting the NHS health check provided that they are aged 40-74 and they do not have a ‘pre-existing condition’. The health check aims at identifying cardio-vascular condition and diabetes mellitus. With their breath of experience, healthcare professionals will discuss the results of the tests and offer support to reduce potential health risks. Therefore, the health check is designed to find blind spots and assess well-being to elicit any health problem. If a diagnosis is made, a treatment plan may be produced with the collaboration of the GP and the patients. If it is required, health information will be passed on to the patient. In the absence of any diagnosis, the patient may later wish to see the practice nurse or a health coach. Sometimes worries may dominate the lives of people to such an extent that these are presented as physical and psychological complaints.
Seeing Our Emotional Blind Spots
Perhaps we try to contain our psychological block. People obviously recognise our blind spots because it is apparent to everyone but us. Perhaps this is due to some specific situations that we may feel uncomfortable or we may not feel ready to discuss the difficulty. We may attempt to tackle this feeling. But when we are made aware of the blind spot, we may be in ‘denial’. We may be inclined to decline any knowledge of the information. We may be afraid of facing the facts. So, when we are more conscious of the information and feel ready to deal with the feeling, we achieve a sense of inner peace and contentment.
Equally, in this setting, it may be an eye-opener to be informed during a performance review about our blind spots. Initially this may produce shock, embarrassment and surprise. In some way, it may be quite revealing. By having adequate support, we can turn the blind spots into strengths because, with emotional support, we may acquire a sense of self and purpose. People sometimes use self-help techniques such as mindfulness or turn to coaching for their personal development, to improve the quality of their daily life.
Author: Nadir Mothojakan