“We can only give away to others, what we have inside of ourselves,” – Dr. Wayne Dyer.
Dr. Wayne Dyer passed away last week. For many entrepreneurs, his lessons and energy had a profound influence on their lives. For the last three years, I experienced a self-awareness and development journey. Dr. Wayne Dyer was one of the experts that leaned on to learn about self-awareness and development. His books, movies, and seminars are designed to help individuals understand themselves and to use that awareness to become more connected with the life purpose, family, and society. Self-awareness provides entrepreneurs with the opportunity to reflect, identify, craft, and monitor the lives that they want to live – spiritually, emotionally, physically, financially, and socially.
Self-Awareness Matters. Self-awareness is a lifelong process. Awareness may seem relatively straightforward; however, it is one of the toughest operations to begin, yet easiest when mastered.
Dr. Wayne Dyer identifies the importance of understanding one’s emotions, attitudes, and beliefs toward oneself, others, and life. The ability to sit, reflect, and accept one’s position on his or herself is a sobering experience. It can surface lots of emotions – positive and negative feelings toward our internal and external perspectives. How one feels on the inside matters. Self-awareness is the journey to understanding those feelings. For example, Dr. Wayne Dyer shared a conversation with a teenager that was at one of his seminars.
Dr. Dyer: “If I were to squeeze an orange, what would come out?”
Teenager: “Juice, of course.”
Dr. Dyer: “Do you think apple juice would come out of it?”
Dr. Dyer: “What about grapefruit juice?”
Dr. Dyer: “What would come out of it?”
Teenager: “Orange juice, of course.”
Dr. Dyer: “ Why? When you squeeze an orange does orange juice come out?”
Teenager: “Well, it’s an orange that’s what’s inside.”
Dr. Dyer: “Let us assume that the orange isn’t an orange, but it is you. And someone squeezes you, puts pressure on you, says something that offends you. And out of you comes anger, hatred, bitterness, fear.Why? The answer our young friend has told us is because that is what is on the inside.”
The point made in the above-referenced collaboration is simple: how we feel inside is reflects outwardly. Learning and practicing the art of self-awareness can help to identify those feelings. The analysis of those feelings can help one become more aware of how those beliefs impact short and long-term activities, interactions, and relationships.
Self-Awareness is a part of emotional intelligence. The ability to understand how one feels is paramount to every situation and encounter. It can the feelings within you that inspire you to pursue your goals of becoming an entrepreneur. Likewise, it can be those same feelings that are your biggest barriers to becoming an entrepreneur. These feelings can also be the same feelings that come out in tough situations that all entrepreneurs face. Those tight situations can make or break you, and really, if we take the lesson from the “orange” it is what is inside that makes or breaks someone, not the situation. Therefore, understanding and mastering one’s self-awareness is paramount. Doing something with that awareness to create an emotional intelligence strategy can help entrepreneurs work on themeless to better work on their businesses and relationships. So that when external factors get shaky, the internal “juices” that shine are those that are positive. That is of course with the assumption that one strives to be happy, at peace, and radiate love in situations versus fear, shame, or hatred. The journey of self-awareness is enlightening. It provides the individual with the ability to identify and analyze feelings. Then use that information to understand why those feelings are the way they are and if the feeling are what one wants. The shift of perspectives and understanding can awaken how things look on the inside and outside. Which ultimately influences the vision and impact of many areas of life, including business, relationships, and self-love.
So, I thank Dr. Wayne Dyer for his life-changing teachings and his ability to help so many people throughout the world. His teachings changed my internal and external world. His teachings helped individuals, including myself, start the self-awareness journey. Then, through analysis. I was able to reprogram my emotions, which completely transformed my life. What is on the inside matters and learning more about those emotions is critical for entrepreneurs internally and externally to build the best relationships with oneself, clients, partners, and communities. These relationships are the core to starting and sustaining entrepreneurial, spiritual, emotional, physical, financial and social successes.
by Katie Doseck, PhD MBA
Chief Visionary and Strategic Ace Up Your Sleeve | Viral Solutions LLC
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