It’s been a busy week, which has seen me visit the beautiful Windsor, Waterside and Petersfield and take many a wonderful detour thanks to my trusted Sat Nav! Every day has been completely different in many ways; so much learning has surrounded me and it’s been overwhelmingly insightful. Monday I was with Rach in Windsor where we had just two delegates so were able to have a brilliant day digging deep and truly exploring things going on in their personal and work lives. It was nice having that close contact and the four of us were able to get to know and trust one another. It was a safe and confidential environment, from which we all benefited. To me it reinstated the importance of trust, listening and being honest.
Tuesday afternoon was incredible. I sat back in my chair as people I had met eight months ago on day one of module one (Raising Self-Awareness) presented their stories, their learning and their journeys. They were physically the same people I met last summer, however their mindset had shifted. Some shared extremely personal stories of tremendous strength, others described accomplishments at work, but all had one thing in common; they had all become more self-aware. Through this they had gained control of themselves, consequently leading to a happier life. We have the choice to feel happy; we just have to make that choice.
Mindset is an option, it is completely within our control and it’s up to us how we use it. There’s a movie called ‘After Earth’ which stars Will and Jaden Smith and there’s a quote in that movie I love and that I think describes this control perfectly. Do not misunderstand me, danger is very real, but fear is a choice.’ The power and truth behind that quote is magnificent and it should encourage us all every day. The highest level of self-awareness isn’t something you can just switch on, it’s learned, it’s practiced and it’s perfected, but it can always be better. Our own self-awareness leads us to control, and gain the right, to feel only as we wish. There are very real things in this world but we are responsible for how we frame them and how we allow them to affect us. That message has really resonated with me this week.
I reflected back on conversations from Monday, and I listened to fears and worries shared by delegates on Wednesday. I realised how important it is to always remember that you have complete control of your mind if you choose to, and if we tried a little harder to be more aware of that we may not be so fearful, so negative and we might see life a little, or a lot differently. This message, although it may seem simple, is invaluable. We often assume that we have no choice about how we think, and we can allow can our thoughts to be clouded and misguided. So whatever you are experiencing, know that it is you that determines your thoughts and feelings, and start giving yourself ownership and power of them.
Written by Maimee Morris – Intern.