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What You Don’t Know Can’t Hurt You By Robin Carter

Robin Carter - Bird's NestWhat you don’t know can’t hurt you” is a phrase that many of us have heard at some point in our lives; whether in a group conversation, in a work break-room or during a dispute with someone. But what does it really mean? Is this our way of covering up for the things we know can and will cause harm to us if we are aware of them? These beliefs are “blind-spots” in our lives. They prevent us from acknowledging or perhaps even wanting to recognize the truth about certain things.

Take a business woman for instance who always misses out on promotions or great opportunities even though she seems to be doing everything right to advance in her career. Do exceptional credentials always count? Because it seems that something intangible keeps sabotaging her success. Could it be her personality? Her bosses may feel that she is indecisive or too candid, or may view her as too abrupt or insensitive. Perhaps she sees herself as energetic and driven, when others may view her as relentless and annoying. Unfortunately, we don’t always know how others perceive us or why.

One thing that I have learned about blind-spots is that we all have them; no one is immune. However, successful people recognize their faults and build strategies to overcome them. We should work to understand our strengths and weaknesses. Self-awareness helps us to gain the right balance of confidence in ourselves.

Another area that people have blind-spots is with their health. Many people shy away from doctor’s visits; whether they are routine or a screening/yearly check-up. They find every excuse in the book as to why they shouldn’t go. Annual checkups will keep you informed about your body’s overall condition.

Another area of health concern is the food choices we make on a daily basis. Fried foods cooked to perfection with lots of seasoning sounds good, right? But are they good for us? Diets rich in fats and carbohydrates can cause: high-blood pressure, obesity, diabetics, strokes, kidney failure and cancer.

We all can educate ourselves in eating healthy. Do you know that there are herbs and spices that build up the immune system? You can also improve your health education by reading about how the body works and what food groups help to maintain a strong metabolism.

Don’t let blind-spots cloud your mind. Let’s get closer to the beginning of the “fight” rather than to the “end” of it, because what you don’t know can not only hurt you, but can cost you your very life.