When the weather in my mind becomes dark and cloudy, and your thoughts turn to self-doubt or self-sabotage, do you challenge these thoughts, images and beliefs?
Because doing so is a great way to break through the clouds.
Let’s say I’m at Jiu Jitsu, and Leap Frogs are part of the warm-up agenda for tonights’ class. So instantly, my brain is like, “Ahhhh shit. I can’t do Leap Frogs! I’m too short. I’ll fall on someone! I can’t do it!” It’s a pre-programmed response that I’ve practised since being a kid, who also told herself she couldn’t leapfrog.
So – let’s challenge this:
Is it really true? Errr….. I’m not really sure. I’ve always told myself I can’t do it, before I’ve done it. It’s definitely not something I find easy, but I think that’s myself I’m picturing myself leaping into disaster and repeatedly telling myself I can’t. Actually, there’s no evidence that I couldn’t do this.
What is it like to believe that? Dis-empowering.
What is the affect of this belief? That I either don’t try, or that I do but am much more likely to mess up, because this voice in my head is telling me I’m destined to fail.
What would my life be like, if I didn’t believe that? Freeing. I’d to free to try, and fail, and get back up again and try again.
Cool right?! And it really works.
Because, simply put – thoughts lie sometimes.
P.S. I can leapfrog after all!