How consciously do you work and live?

Consciousness is a word that used to occupy the realms of the esoteric and eastern philosophies. Anybody with a so-called Western upbringing and education would have a natural reluctance to consider teachings regarding consciousness. To them, it was all a bit “iffy” and “touchy feely”.

Those days have long gone.

Consciousness has steadily moved to centre stage in the thinking of people seeking to embrace the leadership skills and qualities required in the 21st century.

In living and working, people operate at one of two levels – conscious or unconscious living. The majority live and work at an unconscious level – completely unaware of the real issues affecting their lives and the lives of those with whom they interact.

Because we have difficulty in seeing things in ourselves but find it easy to see things in other people’s lives, look at some current high profile people living and working at a very unconscious level. Numerous politicians do so.

While many voices are shouting out all sorts of messages at them, they are simply not hearing them, let alone listening and responding to them. Think about it. A person rendered physically unconscious by, say, a blow to the head, is simply not capable of hearing, processing and responding appropriately to any information directed at them while they are unconscious.

We all understand that. When we understand that unconscious leaders are incapable of hearing and responding to messages given to them by their supporters, advisers and the world around them, we’ll understand why they don’t react as we would normally expect them to react.

The question to you, though, is: how consciously or unconsciously are you living and working? What messages have you been sent, are you being sent, that you are simply failing to hear?

One of the qualities of a person engaged in conscious living is that they take responsibility for their actions. When they are confronted with an error of judgement or an inappropriate action they have taken, they do not resort to defensiveness, attempt to explain away what they did, or justify their actions. They hold themselves accountable and, where appropriate, take corrective action.

A person operating at an unconscious level believes they are right and everybody else is wrong. When we adopt this as our frame of reference, we are in big trouble because no decision or action we take is based on truth.

Few understand this higher truth: people living unconsciously deceive others because they have first deceived themselves. Once you have deceived yourself, there are no limits to the deceit you carry out on everybody else.

So, ask yourself: how consciously am I living? There are some things that can help you answer the question.

If you find that no-one seems to agree with you, see the little red warning light flashing. You have fallen into the trap of always and only being right in your own eyes. Another term for this is “SELF RIGHTeousness”.

If things keep going wrong in your life, and you can’t understand why, that’s another red warning light flashing to tell you that you are not operating at a very high level of consciousness.

So, wake up! If you want to live and work at a conscious level, take your courage in both hands and start listening to what others are saying. Then respond appropriately. Only then, will others start to take you seriously. Only then will you gain credibility and influence in others’ lives.

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