You want to change lanes on a highway so you indicate, check all your mirrors and pull out. Suddenly – as if out of nowhere – there is a car right beside you that you are about to hit at 120km/h. With your heart in your mouth, you swerve back into your lane, narrowly avoiding disaster. You have just committed one of the most common (and deadly) errors of the road; not looking over your shoulder to check your blind spot. A split second later and you would have caused a horrific accident.

Similarly, personal blind spots are behaviours that others can see but we cannot. If left unchecked, these blind spots can cause small personal bumper-bashings or even fatal life smashes. The problem is, blind spots seldom reveal themselves. Without discovering and acknowledging blind spots we cannot avoid them derailing our goals and growth.

The Collins DictionaryThe Collins English Dictionary is a printed and online dictionary of English. It is published by HarperCollins in Glasgow. defines a blind spot as: a subject about which a person is ignorant or prejudiced or an occupation in which he or she is inefficient. Now, ignorant, prejudiced and inefficient are not words any person would like used to describe them, so to recognise our blind spots is essential. But apart from our own personal brand, organisations cannot run efficiently when their people are habitually engaged in behaviours that demonstrate these characteristics. For us to achieve high levels of productivity and to avoid causing harm we must be willing to have our eyes opened to our blind spots. This can and probably will be quite painful!

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To begin to identify possible blind spots, we can begin by asking ourselves some tough questions: Do I battle with any of the following issues: regular bouts of anger, frustration or feeling overwhelmed; unchecked health issues i.e. high blood pressure, being overweight, lack of exercise, stress, depression, fatigue? Do I numb my emotions with alcohol, drugs, food or TV? Do I feel “switched off”, disengaged or “bored with life”?

The answers to these questions will begin to shine light into the darkness of our blind spots.

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