Since the premier of the American series Survivor on May 31, 2000, reality television has skyrocketed in popularity. A quick web search yielded over ninety shows dedicated exclusively to the genre. That’s a big audience watching other people’s seemingly more exciting, exotic, or sordid lives, waiting every week to see what happens next.
However, I’m placing my bet that your life is much more fascinating than any of those shows, even if you’re not competing to be the last one left on the island with all that crazy drama.
I’m serious. There’s all sorts of incredibly interesting stuff to watch in your life.
Give the same attention to your words and actions that reality TV viewers give to their favorite characters and all sorts of information about how your choices, interactions, and attitude affect your outcomes begins to unfold.
You’ll be amazed at the discoveries to be made when you start watching yourself throughout the day.
My clients have experienced eye-opening realizations about everything from their communication style (did that really just come out of my mouth?) to their time management skills (why do I respond like Pavlov’s dog every time my email dings?) to their day-to-day attitudes about work and life (I really did believe it would all be just fine … how do I live in that perspective more often?).
Spend the next week starring in your own reality show, taking a few minutes at the end of each day to reflect on what you’ve noticed.
And be sure to rate your show “L” for learning, best accomplished by viewing yourself through the lens of curiosity. (This is contrasted with “B” for beat yourself up with anything that’s less than perfect!)
Although your reality show may not be picked up by network television, your new awareness will be just the thing to help you live your day the way you want to live your life.
“Courage is an everyday thing. When we look reality squarely in the eye and refuse to back away from our awareness, we are living courage.” ~ Unknown