During our executive coaching and transition programmes, we often find that senior leaders, though very successful, don't feel that they have accomplished everything they have wanted to. This can cause internal stress which manifests itself in many ways such as rash decision making, or poor relationship skills.
Often the first point of call is raising the Executive's awareness to this barrier to performance. Although it won't make the feeling go away, awareness of it can often lead to better choice of behaviour moving forward, ultimately creating higher performance at an individual, team and organisational level.
Increasing awareness of our thoughts is the gateway to overcoming our limiting beliefs. By first noticing our thought patterns and then deeply investigating them, we can understand where they come from and what beliefs underlie them. We can begin to see what stories we might be telling ourselves about what we can and cannot do. We can also begin to uncover where these stories might have originated. It is this investigative process of introspection that allows us to see through the deception of our limiting beliefs. Awareness is both the beginning and the end here. It is the beginning because awareness shines the light on what lies beneath our surface thoughts. It is the end because the very act of shining the light, by allowing us to know ourselves better, is what serves as the catalyst for personal change.