I’m always looking for ways to expand my knowledge and skill set as a certified Health Coach so that I can better help my clients achieve their wellness goals.
Recently, I’ve been teaching my Healthy Mojo team, an official team of the Whole Life Challenge, about Intuitive Eating and we were on a zoom video call together discussing the Intuitive Eating Principle #4 “Challenge the Food Police” where you identify the various inner voices that either harm or help you in your relationship with food, weight and body image. The first step is identifying which voice is speaking and becoming aware it’s happening, then what it's saying, which can then lead to a series of why inquiries.
That's when the real work begins – going deep into your inner world!
We can’t change what we’re not aware of, so by becoming aware of these voices like the Food Police, we can challenge and transform those thoughts and beliefs.
The transformation process happens when we practice self-awareness techniques like inquiry, that is, asking ourselves questions from a genuinely curious and non-judgmental place.
The questions we’re often taught by professionals like me are rooted in “why” – because asking why helps peel back the layers of life experiences and indoctrinated or conditioned beliefs. Once dug up, you have the power to not only change the harmful thoughts and beliefs, but also hear the wisdom within - the answers that have been buried inside you and drowned out by the noise of life...until now.
It's difficult, but exciting and massively rewarding to do the inner work.
During the inquiry practices, what if asking “why” is missing the mark?
Having an always a student mindset opens me up to admitting that when I learn something more useful and valuable, I admit it to myself and then start putting it into action. So here goes!
I’m freely admitting this TedTalk entitled “Increasing self-awareness using this fix” by Tasha Eurich has opened my eyes to finding the answers within in a better way than asking why. The real question and perhaps more helpful question is what.
The TedTalk is 17 minutes long and worth the watch, but if you’re short on time, here’s some of the highlights (and for more, you can read this article).
So what will this mean for you as you go forward with your personal development? Send me a comment or your feedback here.
I know for me, in my personal self-care practices and in my coaching practice, I’ll be leaning more on what than on why to better guide my clients to unearth the answers that lie within and accelerate their success.
In good health,
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