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Step 2: Getting Intune. Putting Awareness Into Action

Awareness without action can be fruitless.

Action without awareness is usually a reaction rather than a well-thought-out next step. In Step #1, we learned how to connect to our awareness, which appears when we get still and make space for deeper insights to emerge.

By listening to our awareness, we can open new opportunities and access guidance that wouldn’t otherwise exist.

Have you ever the quiet voice inside that offered advice about a situation or decision? But your didn’t listen? Only to realize later you should have listened?

Hearing that voice and listening to that voice is the process of Awareness: activating your inner wisdom and taking action!

 

Take Action With Awareness:

 

  • Practice quieting the mind

The quieter the mind, the more inner wisdom revealed. With a calm mind, ask yourself the questions you want answered.

  • Learn to hear versus listen

Your inner wisdom is an accumulation of your learned experiences, both subconscious and conscious. With a quiet mind, you’re allowing space for this experience, this inner and innate knowledge, to have a voice. Hearing this voice is the act of giving this wisdom a platform on which to speak to you.

  • Test your guidance

Imagine holding this information as if it is in your hands. Place your hands containing the information within, somewhere on your body, like your heart or gut. If the action of placing your hands on your body provides a peaceful, settled feeling, this may be a sign that your inner wisdom is on track. If that action makes you uneasy, perhaps consider a different direction. Ask the question again, and wait longer for an answer that “feels” right. Some describe the feeling of “right” as a physical and energetic feeling of lightness and expansion.

  • Taking action on awareness where the stakes are low.

For instance, ‘Where shall we park?’

‘What is the optimal time to go to the store when I can breeze through the checkout line?’

‘Where is the best place to go on vacation that will support our entire family?’

Then, you can proceed with the more significant questions.

‘What actions shall we take to support our company/team during this time?’

‘How best can we serve our customers?’

‘What strategic action can we take given this situation?’

stop, connect, ask, and listen

 

Stop, Connect, Ask & Listen – Engage a Group

If we stop, connect, ask, and listen, answers will be there. This is especially true if you employ multiple people concentrating on bringing forth their inner wisdom. Engaging a group in Activating Awareness can bring forth new ideas and conversations.

Again, start small and then gradually take on bigger decisions once you gain confidence from acting on your awareness. 

 

Approaching Awareness at the Workplace

How might you (and your team) begin to take action from a place of aligned awareness?

  • Ask yourselves: what would it take to make this situation better? How can we proceed from here?
  • Try practicing a moment of silence during a difficult decision or situation at work: quiet the mind, allow calm, and practice inquiry.
  • Start weekly meetings or strategy planning meetings from a quiet, reflective state before moving forward with your agenda.
  • What stories or narratives would you and your team have to release (individually or as a group) to make room for this practice?

 

Check-In

What practices do you implement to stay connected to your awareness?

We would love to hear from you if you want more inspiration and direction for leading your team to this state of awareness in the workplace or want to share insights or discoveries.