Workshop about personal growth at #wetechtogether 2022

Take Aways #wetechtogether Workshop 2022

Take Aways #wetechtogether Workshop 2022

On 1 October 2022, during the #wetechtogether 2022, WST held an interactive session with AWK Group about personal growth and how to gain a clearer understanding of our inner saboteur voices and learn strategies to deal with them.

Have you ever felt that your goals were impossible to reach, while others seem to fly through their lives ticking off items on their bucket list? You want to reach the next step on the career ladder, find more balance between your private and professional life, change career paths, work towards your purpose, cycle all five continents, but at the end of the day these objectives seem too far outside of your comfort zone?

Think back to a situation, where you felt like you were just not good enough, or not smart enough or not tough enough to take the next step – was the problem really the size of your goals or could it have been your mindset?

We tend to sabotage our personal growth with negative thoughts that are often not warranted. The aim of this workshop was to raise awareness of our “saboteurs” – our inner voices telling us that we are less than we really are. 

Saboteurs hold our self-development back!

The workshop helped participants to gain a clearer understanding of their personal saboteurs and learn strategies how to deal with them when thoughts are spinning out of control. We all learned a lot from each other’s experiences – because everybody has saboteurs, even the most successful ones.

Hacks How to Stop Sabotaging Your Personal Growth

Around 30 participants committed to the workshop “Hacks how to stop sabotaging your personal growth” and we look back on very open and empathetic discussions with the group.

When we face an opportunity or a challenge, sometimes our personal mental state plays tricks on us and sabotages our personal growth. Through our own “saboteurs”, we move from the comfort zone to the panic zone.

The Learning Zone Model was originally developed by psychologist Lev Vygotsky.

Comfort Zone: safe, comfortable place
Growth Zone: where you learn & grow
Panic Zone: too far from comfort, fearful & overwhelming place

If we understand our saboteurs, we can consequently change our evaluation with measures – our learning zone grows and our panic zone shrinks.

Workshop about personal growth at #wetechtogether 2022, made of members of WE SHAPE TECH and AWK
Workshop about personal growth at #wetechtogether 2022, made of members of WE SHAPE TECH and AWK

Exercise 1

In the first exercise, we shared situations in which we hadn’t felt or behaved the way we would have liked to. We described what could have triggered such thinking, feelings and physical behavior. We continued to describe the consequences of this and our (physical) reactions.

Workshop about personal growth at #wetechtogether 2022, made of members of WE SHAPE TECH and AWK

Source: AWK Group

Exercise 2

In exercise 2 we discussed how we would feel in similar situations in the future and how we want to evaluate the situation differently to achieve our desired feelings. For this we received some valuable input strategies:


Watch yourself with curiosity and recognize your own drivers


Ignore the driver and just keep going


Interrupt the throught carousel


Ask questions


Adopt a “no fear” attitude


Talk about it with trusted people and put exaggerations into perspective

Workshop about personal growth at #wetechtogether 2022, made of members of WE SHAPE TECH and AWK

After discussions and sharing in small groups we gathered hacks and ideas for future strategies.

The Hacks

It’s a matter of story telling: learn from failure

Cultivate mental journalling

Practice yoga & meditation

Achieve a clear head through long distance running

Allow yourself to learn

Celebrate the power pose

Practice positive affirmation

Be kind to yourself: what would you tell your 6-year-old self

Have a discussion with “future-you”

Imagine “future-you”

Brag Document: note and collect your successes

Imagine something that has already been experienced

Create an email folder with compliments (also good for future use)

Practice mindfulness breathing excercises

Give yourself permission to stumble

Ask yourself: what’s the worst that can happen?

Look at yourself with an outside perspective

Workshop about personal growth at #wetechtogether 2022
Workshop about personal growth at #wetechtogether 2022

Book Recommendations

3D cover image of the book "Playing Big" by Tara Mohr

Groundbreaking women’s leadership expert and popular conference speaker Tara Mohr gives women practical skills to voice and implement the changes they want to see in themselves and in the world.


Cover of the book "Tell yourself a better lie" by Marisa Peer

Through ten diverse case studies, Marisa Peer explains how our unmet needs as children can morph into fixed stories we tell ourselves in adulthood – and, more importantly, how we all have the power to change them.



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