Blind spots are areas in your life and aspects about you that you cannot see yourself. Therefore, you need others in your life to share them with you so that you can determine if they’re areas for growth or “aha” moments. As you know, personal growth is much more rich with the help of others coming alongside you. I am so thankful that I am married to a man who brings to light my blind spots. When mulling over a situation or feelings that are exhausting me emotionally, Daniel seems to share his insights and although sometimes I do not want to hear it, my once blind sight becomes restored! I have clarity about what to do and say, and thus, can move forward (if I choose). When looking back on people in my life who have given me this gift of sharing their view of my blind spots, I am thankful. In the moment (especially as they are sharing it), I probably come across lost in thought and possibly rejecting of the feedback, but really, it is because my brain is already in reflection mode. My thoughts are zeroing in on past moments in which the blind spot applies, how the person came to conclude this blind spot, and what it will look like in the future to diminish such blindness. Of course the delivery to anyone regarding their blind spot is a tough conversation to have, even to loved ones where trust has been established. Again, love, empathy and humbleness needs to be applied to soften the potential harshness of the news. I know not everyone cares to know about their blind spots, but for me, being told them sometimes is a catalyst for growth or expedites my growth because someone’s perspective is one I may not have gotten to in a timely manner.
Have you shared with others their blind spot in a way that has encouraged their growth? Remember, you can discourage someone all because of your delivery. Also, in dishing out others’ blind spots, have you asked others to share the same feedback so you can grow as well? In this case, it’s meaningful when it goes both ways!