The past few sabbatical months I’ve been trying to take a long, hard look at myself to see areas that God might want to change in me. There were some painful realizations I came to (and repentance that followed) as a result.
Most specifically, I wanted to wrestle with some blindspots in my life – those areas that I can’t see on my own that I need others to bring to my attention.
Grrr… these are hard to hear from people close to me, but so helpful.
Anyhow, as I was reflecting one day on some of my blindspots (following Catalyst One Day), I remembered reading in Kem Meyer’s fantastic book Less Clutter. Less Noise. a list of misconceptions we might have about how others view us. She doesn’t call them blindspots, but it was a revealing list for me about some of my own misconceptions.
Meyer actually references a book by Dr. Mark Goulston called Get Out of Your Own Way: Overcoming Self-Defeating Behavior to list misconceptions of how others view you, compared to how you might view yourself.
Please feel free to read the list below.
I was rather challenged (I’m pretty sure I can be seen as arrogant, impulsive, and hyper, and pretty much everything else on this list at one point or another).
Misconceptions of How Others View You:
Believing you are:
When perceived by others as:
|Having strong opinions||Opinionated|
|Quiet||Passive or Indecisive|
What do you think?