- Fact: Much, maybe most, of what is going on in life (our social networks) is based on automatic functioning (AKA instinctual responses). We would like to think that our day-to-day action follows a well-considered, thoughtful pattern. Sorry – overwhelming scientific research indicates that’s not true. For the most part, we are being pulled along in the fast-moving and often turbulent currents of our emotions. What to do?
- Action: Three steps will help.
First: Simply be more self-observant. Get in touch with your own emotional state. In other words: “Wake Up!”
Next: Consider your part in the drama unfolding around you. Work at seeing yourself more objectively and then ask yourself, “How is my way of behaving or thinking helping me at the moment?” “Am I acting or thinking in a way that will help me get what I want?”
Finally: Recast your way of thinking and behaving with an expanded level of self-awareness. Practice “Staying Awake”.
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