Uncovering Your Blind Spots…

Stephen Covey talked about the four dimensions of self (Body, Mind, Heart, Spirit), and the needs of each dimension.

Among the four dimensions, awareness about our body dimension seems easy, isn’t it?

But it isn’t.

Let me give you a good example. I was reading the autobiography of Jack Welch, the former chairman and CEO of General Electric, “Straight from the Gut” in 2007 or 2008 and stunned when I read one of his blind spots. Jack wrote, “Decades later, when looking at early pictures of me on my sports teams, I was amazed to see that almost always I was the shortest and smallest kid in the picture.”

For decades, Jack was unaware of his physical appearance.

Jack revealed in the aforementioned book why he had a distorted awareness about his physical dimension. His mother pumped him with confidence as he grew up. As a result, he didn’t have any clue about his real physical height and size when he was a kid, during his teen-age years, and in the majority of his adult life. He confessed, “Yet, I never knew it or felt it. Today, I look at those pictures and laugh at what a little shrimp I was. It’s just ridiculous that I wasn’t more conscious of my size”.

I’ve to admit that reading this part of Jack’s autobiography caused a light bulb to go on in my head. I never had a clear sense of my real physical dimension prior to reading that story. In the past, whenever I looked at group pictures, my preoccupation was on how I looked, who was next to me, and so on. I never compared my height or size with my peers. I didn’t know that I was that ‘short’ 🙂

Reading Jack’s hilarious story led me to pay closer attention to my physical dimension. Since then, not only I found myself aware but also began making fun of my height. End of March 2016, for instance, I spoke at a conference about bridging the leadership gaps, and we had a group photo afterward with the rest of the panelists. Guess what?

I was the shortest! I posted the pic on my face-book timeline with this caption; I need this kinds of group pictures to remind me how short I really am.” Many of my face book friends loved the self-deprecating post. I even got so many encouraging words intended to lift my spirit.

  • What about you?
  • Have you had a blind spot concerning your physical dimension?
  • Have you figured it why?
  • If you don’t have one, think about others who have.
  • Why do you think people have these kinds of obvious blind spots?

If there are chances many of us might have been harboring blind spots concerning our physical dimension,

  1. What about those dimensions that may not be that obvious to easily figure out?
  2. What are the prices we’ve been paying for sheltering so many blind spots?
  3. What are your plans to uncover your blind spots?


Assegid (AZ) Habtewold is the owner and lead trainer at Success Pathways, LLC. He facilitates Increasing Self-awareness workshop. Here is the link to learn the learning objectives of our self-awareness workshop: http://successpws.com/?page_id=1496

AZ has been facilitating very interactive and dynamic soft skill and leadership workshops including self-awareness for diverse clients using latest adult learning methods. The above excerpt is taken from the first chapter of his upcoming book, which will be published soon. In this chapter, he provides insights, tools, and processes to increase self-awareness in order to attain self-mastery, and in turn work with others well, and lead others effectively.

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