During the course of the work that I have been doing with my clients, I have noticed that many of my clients experience a fair degree of trouble in terms of being the best they can be, and achieve their own stated potential. And this applies to ANY aspect that I want to become better in/at. This could also be a useful approach to elegantly handling one's own ignorance and learning. The only constant in life is change, and if I am constantly learning, then I am constantly growing. And the beauty is that this article itself written initially two years back and in re-editing, I have learnt a lot and the article has become, in my thinking, a little better than it was then!
The A7 Process for Personal Growth, is being Awake, becoming Aware, being Attentive, Acknowledging, Accepting where one is, and then exploring Alternatives, and finally Achieving the desired results.
Awake – First, I must be awake - and willing to consider what I am doing. Whether I am achieving my potential, and whether I am awake to all that is happening within and around me. Without this, it is the same as a person who is asleep – I might not be conscious of anything that is happening within and around me.
Aware – Second, with being awake, I must be aware of goings on within and around me. And the FIRST time I become aware of something, either by myself, or through feedback given to me, there is hope for growth. This awareness includes being able to recognize the very subtle signals that are being given by me and others that I interact with. And since Awareness is more than half the solution, this is extremely important to the process of growth.
Attentive – Third, being Attentive to what I have become aware of, brings me more data and insight into the behavior, approach, reactions or responses that I currently make use of in the situations. And with being attentive, I can start gathering data, and information that is useful for me to find solutions.
Acknowledge – Fourth, whatever it is that I become aware of, I must acknowledge. This is a lot like standing in front of the mirror and acknowledging what the mirror reflects. If I do not acknowledge the reflection, there is precious