One of the most difficult, growing pains that I have witnessed is learning how to deal with oneself. Isn’t that where people skills and self control begin to develop?
As the lead trainer for Pioneer Outfitters Survival & Guide Training, my specific focus is directed at helping these men and women become more than guides. My focus is completely about helping these men and women become the absolute ideal of a Professional Guide.
Part of the people skills required to be the best of the best, is self-control.
Self-control is a skill that has to be learned and built upon as we grow.
Self-Control is what separates us from the critters. It gives us the capability to plan ahead and to see the possible results of our choices.
The dictionary states that Self-Control is control of one’s emotions, desires, or actions by one’s own will and the ability to exercise restraint. The trait of resolutely (on purpose) controlling your own behavior.
How does this play such a big part in a Professional Guide’s life?
People Skills and Self Control
Self-Control allows a Professional Guide not simply to be able to put a guest or client at ease but in a crisis, self-control is needed, to provide the ability to do or say the right things in an emergency.
Self-Control is what I watch for as a trainer. Most often I watch and observe the lack of this important skill as a trainee is being corrected and sometimes even as a trainee is taught to do something new.
Pioneer Outfitters is located in a uniquely and utterly remote area in Alaska’s Wrangell and Nutzotin Mountain Ranges. The closest town is 110 miles away by airplane. There are no roads, there are no malls, bars, roller-rinks or any of the other places you may like to and be accustomed to visiting to simply “blow off steam.” There are no strangers to lose yourself in, amidst the noise and busy bustle.
There is the team and there is you. Eventually, there will be others, counting on you to be in control. Are you ready for that?
Learning to “deal” with who you are; all your strengths, weaknesses, hopes, dreams and your own shadows. Becoming self-aware. Understanding that who you were, brought you to today and all you do will take you to tomorrow. Becoming and being self-aware is a step that has to be taken to achieve true self-control.
Knowing yourself, inside and out is only the first step. Have you looked closely?