By: Coach Murphy
Oh how hard it is to analyze yourself. For two really big reasons. The first being that it is painful, mentally and emotionally, to pick apart who you are as a person and your abilities. The second is the difficulty to be completely objective during the process. Either the scrutiny is too lenient or it may be too harsh which can give way to either an inflated sense of confidence (seeing no fault in one’s self) or it can crush the self confidence of a person.
Self awareness is a skill I believe all people should learn. To be able to analyze themselves to understand their beliefs and what drives them. What they are strong in to be able to capitalize on those skills. What weaknesses are holding them back in order to surpass them, by making them stronger or finding help from someone who has it as their strength. How do others see you and is it how you would like to be viewed, if not how can it then be changed.
It can be a great place of learning. There is always room to grow and understand that fact to begin with will lead you to question “How can I get better? In what ways can I grow as a person/coach/athlete/father/mother/daughter/son/etc?”
But be aware that it means you will have to tell yourself you are not good enough in some way. That you need to be better. That you must CHANGE who you are.
This is not a bad thing at all though!
Treat the idea like getting fitter and healthier. It is a chance to be better, mentally and emotionally stronger, as opposed to being physically better. Becoming a more dynamic and well rounded person that will attract others to you. That means, once you have identified an area that you can or want to improve in- begin to develop a plan that allows you to achieve that change!
What is it I need to/want to change?
Is this something I have influence over?
It is likely that anything you are asking about can be influenced by you. Some may just be harder to deal with.
What resources are needed to make this change?
Skills, aid in the form of physical goods or mental/emotional support of your friends and family, or potentially professional help.
Create a list of steps to follow.
Put the goal to a timeline. This makes it a plan!
GO AFTER IT!
Much like improving your squat or deadlift, it takes cumulative effort over a length of time and working to do the small things well. You always have us as your coaches to help you in any way though. So don’t be afraid to reach out. This is something we are personally doing each day. We practice what we preach.
Live. Lift. Love.