Embracing Courage; The pitfalls of weaponising "woke" and why I work pluralistically

I find it fascinating and concerning that in recent times, the term "woke" has morphed from a call for social awareness into a weaponised phrase, widely used as a slur to dismiss or mock those advocating for justice and equality. 

I believe that the  weaponisation of "woke" likely stems from a deep-seated fear of change. Raising awareness and addressing systemic issues can be unsettling and uncomfortable. It can challenge our ingrained perspectives and force us to confront realities that we might previously have overlooked. This discomfort can lead to a reactionary response, where a word like "woke" becomes a tool to resist the evolving narrative.

At its core, the fear driving the fear of "wokeness" is a fear of the unknown. It's a fear that accepting that societal injustices exist will necessitate change, and change can be unsettling, challenging the familiar structures we are accustomed to.

As a coach, I embrace a pluralistic approach that acknowledges diverse narratives and realities. I recognise that not everyone is ready or willing to challenge their underlying beliefs, and I appreciate the uniqueness of each individual's journey. True self-development involves more than a one-size-fits-all solution; it's about cultivating an open space where different perspectives are not only welcomed but encouraged.

With this pluralistic coaching stance, I foster an environment where coachees can explore alternative narratives. I understand that terms such as "woke" carry various meanings for different individuals, and that part of self-discovery involves embracing these diverse perspectives. In this way I can encourage my coachees to question preconceived notions and consider alternative viewpoints,  empowering them to navigate the world with authenticity and an open mind.

A pluralistic outlook brings about many benefits across various aspects of life, including personal development and relationships. On an individual level, it encourages individuals to question their own assumptions and broaden their perspectives. This self-awareness in turn fosters personal growth and a more authentic understanding of oneself. In terms of the interpersonal aspect; pluralism promotes tolerance and open-mindedness. It helps individuals navigate conflicts with respect and understanding, strengthening relationships. 

If that makes me woke then so be it.  I suppose at least I am trying to be woke about anti-wokeism.