An astute boxer figures out the weak spots of his opponent quickly and focuses his punches on those vulnerable areas.
Life is like that boxer – it constantly pokes you in the areas of your vulnerabilities.
As most fighters tend to do, we train ourselves to protect our weak spots. We fend, we dodge, we weave out of the way in order to keep our vulnerabilities intact.
For some, these vulnerabilities could be matters relating to the heart. For others, they relate to family issues, health or finances.
When someone encroaches on these areas, it automatically activates our defense mechanism.
What do you get touchy about?
Self-Reflect On Your Weak Spots
Are you aware of the things that make you prickly and defensive? What are the topics that you are not willing to discuss with others? What are the actions you are not willing to take because you would rather not allow yourself to be hurt?
Insisting on protecting yourself makes it tougher to recover when a situation or circumstance exposes that particular vulnerability.
What would you consider a ‘no-go?’
Perhaps you are not ready to discuss this with a friend. How about approaching a coach who will guide you through the process of discovering your inner blockades?
Exposing The Weak Spots Makes Them Stronger
Just as a fighter who decides to train harder and toughen up, you need to start exposing the vulnerabilities that are holding you back. A lot of effort and energy goes into self-protection mechanisms. Instead of wasting all that effort in protecting yourself, why not start stepping outside of your comfort zone in small steps?
A woman who has had her heart broken by several men will refrain from investing in new romantic relationships. She may agree to dates but will soon reach the level of her comfort and choose to withdraw rather than engaging in a relationship. Because a relationship exposes the vulnerability of another disappointment and more emotional pain. At some point, it becomes easier just to avoid intimacy. This cycle continues until the woman decides to open up her heart and expose herself to potential pain. Over time, this risk makes the heart stronger and bolder. In continuing with this pattern, the woman’s heart is finally ready to make the big step into deeper intimacy through a romantic relationship.
But it all starts with the simple decision – to stop protecting oneself and be open to getting hurt. The hurt makes that weak spot stronger.
It’s not easy to open yourself to experiences that are intimidating. But the more you step into uncomfortable situations, the more your confidence grows. The danger is in giving up too soon.
What are you afraid of doing today? Start ooching – take small steps in the direction of growth in that area.
Sheevaun Moran is a business advisor, master coach, quantum energy thought leader and the founder of Energetic Solutions. She uses business principles with energetic techniques to help more than 25,000 entrepreneurs, CEOs and leaders bring instant focus and shifts to clarity, purpose, and profits.
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