I have another special guest blog post. I’m pleased to have Bruce Miller, a certified professional coach, long-time mental health professional, member of the John Maxwell Group, and Toastmaster member share his thoughts and expereinces with all of us. Please take a few moments to read through this article on self-awareness and feel free to make comments. Bruce- thank you for the contribution and sharing!
Mirror Mirror on the Wall, who is the fairest of them all?
We have all heard that saying from Snow White. I have always been intrigued with mirrors. I remember as a kid looking into our bathroom mirror and wondering if there was another world inside the mirror. What I know now is that the mirror does reveal another world to us.
If we are willing and brave enough to really look into the mirror we can go on the greatest journey of our lives. That journey is the journey of self discovery. I have found that most everyone is not that willing to really take a good look at what is inside to see what we are really like. I have worked in the mental health field for over 25 years and continually study human behaviour.
The most complex human I have observed has been myself. I have taken that journey of self observation and there have been times I wanted to ignore and run from what I have found. The number one thing that I have discovered is that fear has been a constant companion in my life. I also believe that fear is one of the biggest issues that keeps us from becoming the person we want to be.
The fear of failure, the fear of not being good enough, the fear of people seeing any weaknesses we have and on and on fear seems to control what we do. Back in 2009 my brother died in a motorcycle accident. That night I volunteered to identify my brother’s body, this has been one of the hardest things I have ever done, I was so afraid to look at my brother’s body but I did it. What I also did was look at the one thing that we are all afraid of, I looked at death. This is the one thing we all fear and we seem to think that all of those other things like the fear of failure, the fear of whatever will kill us. Guess what, those things that are in all of us that we may perceive as weaknesses will not kill us. If you are willing to I would challenge you to take that inward journey and look at what is inside of you, come face to face with whatever it is and embrace them, it will make you stronger. I guarantee that it will not kill you.
Mirror Mirror on the wall – who is the strongest to look inside ?
Bruce Miller, Certified Professional Coach