Observing the mind is about developing self-awareness.

When we are able to step back and witness what is going on in the mind rather than being caught up in it, we can learn how our mind works.

If we can improve our ability to take this meta approach, we can become more aware of how our mind plays things out, how emotions might arise and how we respond to different triggers.

By reflecting on a particular event or conversation with a colleague, or a situation where you don't feel you performed well, you may begin to spot certain patterns that emerge as a theme for you as an individual.

For example, you may be self-critical about a certain aspect of your job, or critical of others when they don’t match up to your expectations.

By practising ‘observe your mind’, you are honing that skill which is the foundation of becoming aware.

People who are self-aware are more able to have wisdom on what will impact them, and therefore harness and take control, so they are not being played out by their emotions.

Self-awareness can help you steer the ship.

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The Your Virtual Mind Trainer team includes experts in clinical psychology, coaching and organisational behaviour.