Coaching is not about adopting a “cookie-cutter” solution. There is a no-one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to coaching. Every individual has their own set of goals and challenges, and tailored coaching alternatives are the key to changing self-perception. At the heart of coaching, the objective is to maximize one’s strength, identifying the catalysts for improvement, setting goals and actively working to achieve them. However, what is self-perception? Why do you need to challenge self-perception, and how can coaching help you with it? Let’s delve into this blog to find out!
What is self-perception about?
In its most basic form, self-perception refers to how we see ourselves. Our judgment, mood, and behaviors are all influenced by our self-perception, also known as self-concept. If we have a favorable view of ourselves, we are more likely to have positive thoughts and views about the world as a whole, which can lead to more positive behaviors.
Self-perception can be a metaphor as the lens through which we see ourselves and the world. And, because our self-concept affects our feeling of identity over time, it’s crucial to remember that it can alter as our lives change.
Changing self-perception is important to change our lives. But, as we grow into evolved and unique individuals, does our self-perception change as well?
What happens when you challenge self-perception?
When you challenge self-perception or work towards changing self-perception, you take a step ahead of your comfort zone. Self-perception confines individuals inside the box of limited growth. However, when you challenge it, you get to step ahead of the conventional beliefs and unlock emotional intelligence for personal and professional growth. When you challenge your self-perception, a myriad of things can happen. Some of them include the following:
- When you keep your self-perception under the microscope, you become aware of your misconceptions. Interesting studies are showing that we’re all made of social and personal identities. Knowing and understanding these identities help us to understand our behaviors and emotions towards a situation or individual.
- It can help you to bridge skill gaps; acquire and retain new attributes that are helpful in the long run. It does help you know where you are and where you want to be and what it will take for you to reach there.
- From the personal and professional field, breaking beyond self-perception means adopting a liberal approach to life and hence creating a better work-life balance.
Did you know that we interpret our own behaviours in the same way we attempt to understand others’ behaviours-through observation?
Getting-started with coaching
The road to changing self-perception can be hazy, but with the aid of a professional coach, you can get more clarity in changing your confined beliefs of self-expression. From drawing relevant predicaments for certain scenarios to framing responses for events, coaching can open a whole new horizon of perspective for changing your self-perception.
Changing self-perception is a relentless effort of trying and failing. So, next time when you scrutinize yourself, go easy. Developing a flexible mindset, honing communication skills, and being receptive to changes, are few of the many benefits of coaching.
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