The sign on the wall as I entered the men’s restroom said, “Severe Weather Shelter”. I was in Memphis, Tennessee as the opening keynote for an executive roundtable and closing keynote for a conference. I hadn’t thought much about the potential weather threats until I saw the sign. Then I thought, welcome to the BlindSpot Zone!
This is the same phenomenon that gets us in trouble – not paying attention to our blindspots.
We move along through life at what sometimes feels like the speed of light. We settle into our routines and become oblivious in the normalcy and status quo. Suddenly, we are dealing with the aftermath of a blindspot. We think, “I didn’t see that coming!”
There are plenty of signs that will help us avoid becoming a victim of our own blindspots. But, we need to be paying attention to them.
I was driving home from my attorneys office. I had just come to the realization that my blindspots would now be sending me to prison. Initially I was told it could be up to 10 years. As I was driving I was deep in thought. How will we tell the kids who were nine and eleven at the time? Would my marriage sustain this long term separation? What would my kids be like in ten years? Would they want to be around part of my life?
There were a lot of hopeless thoughts racing through my head.
Suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, I hear a siren and see the flashing lights in my rearview mirror. It was obvious that I was the target. I quickly pulled over.
The officer informed me that I had just driven 45 miles per hour through a school zone. My mind was so preoccupied and emotions so full of hopelessness that I was completely blinded to how I was driving. I never even saw the warning signs!
When we don’t pay attention to our blindspots, we can cause harm to ourselves and others.
Kevin McCarthy is the bestselling author of BlindSpots – Why Good People Make Bad Choices. He is a professional member of the National Speakers Association and current President of the Oregon chapter, where he recently won Member of the Year. Kevin is a full time keynote speaker, author, trainer and coach helping busy professionals make authentic lasting change. Organizations hire Kevin for transformational leadership and ethics keynotes and training programs.