How we manage our limiting beliefs will have profound implications in our development.
When was the last time you heard yourself say “I won’t be able to do this”, or “I don’t think I’ll be able to manage”? In my case it was yesterday, and most likely the day before that as well. Everyone without exception experiences limiting beliefs – it’s part of being human.
How we manage those limiting beliefs has profound implications on our development as professionals, parents, partners and almost every role we engage with in life. If you have been entertaining a specific limiting belief that has been holding you back for quite some time, there is a simple yet very effective 4-step process for how to turn things around for yourself.
Step 1: – Awareness – Identify the limiting beliefs that are holding you back (I’m not good enough to accomplish X, I’m not smart enough to become Y, etc.).
Step 2. – Reflection – Ask yourself the following questions: What would I be without this belief? Who could I become without this belief? What is the opposite experience of this belief?
Step 3. – Affirmation – Inspired by the energy of your deep reflection, write down your new positive belief (I am good enough to accomplish X, I am smart enough to become Y, etc.).
Step 4. – Recall – Every time your limiting belief decides to crop up in your mind, counter that thought with your new positive belief by saying it out loud. This action will reinforce the neural pathway in your brain that supports the new positive belief.
Simple, powerful, and evidence-based. Give it a go and become the person you aspire to be.
Let’s make the most of the time that has been given to us.
Are you feeling a bit dull, bored and a bit jaded with all the restrictions that have been imposed? Welcome to the club! Most of the people I’m interacting with are more than fed up with how long this situation is taking to be resolved. I don’t blame them for feeling that way quite frankly.
However, the way I see it, we have two options: we can be morose, bad-tempered and disappointed, or we can make the most of the time that has been given to us.
Once we go back to living a normal life, wouldn’t it be nice to say to yourself: “During the period of restrictions, I learned to play a musical instrument”, or “I read all those books that have been sitting on my shelves for far too long, and developed a new skill on top of that!”
Would it not be nice if you knew you spent this time reconnecting with a childhood pastime, or taking on a new hobby, or found an exercise routine you love? If you learned to meditate or reconnected with people you trust and care about but haven’t seen in years because they live far away?”
In my case, I decided to learn how to play bass. Although I’m no Geddy Lee (Rush) or Paul McCartney, learning to play their songs has been a balm for the soul during this time.
So come on, redesign your days and evenings, and create something in your life that will help you navigate these restrictions. No matter how big or small, make it work, make it last and enjoy your gift for days to come.
Our 2021 mindset plays an essential role in our growth, development and success. Have you set yourself up for 2021?
The new year has finally arrived and if we want to make the most of it, we need to ask ourselves a fundamental question: How am I setting myself up for a great 2021?
Our 2021 mindset will play an essential role in our growth, development and success in the coming year. For this, we need to embark on a process of reflection. We need to begin to reconcile the events of 2020 in a positive light. Ask yourself the following questions:
1) What good came out of my 2020 experience?
2) What opportunities has 2020 created for me?3) What learnings can I bring into 2021?
At face value, some of us may have experienced more downside than upside in 2020. However, by taking the time to reframe the downside, we are likely to find valuable lessons or give meaning to what happened in the past year.
The lotus flower starts off as a bud underwater in murky ponds but blooms from these muddy waters perfectly clean and beautiful. The strength of the lotus flower resides in you as well. Tap into this energy and make the most of this brand new year.
Inner peace must be one of the most universally sought after states of being. However, most of us are looking in the wrong place for it.
When I ask people what they want out of this experience we call life, most of the answers include health, happiness and inner peace. Inner peace must be one of the most universally sought after states of being.
However, most of us are looking in the wrong place for it. Lasting inner peace is not something you’ll find once you finish a project, start a relationship, find a job, or solve a problem. The sense of inner peace that we find in things that are external to us is, for the most part, unstable, ephemeral and sporadic.
Lasting, stable and consistent inner peace is found within us. It is our natural state of being. True inner peace is not dependent on circumstances or external situations. This state of being is deeply ingrained in our inner self.
To access this state of calmness and balance, we only need to still our mind. Whether through practising meditation, mindfulness or breath awareness, a calm mind will bring us inner peace in the moment at your beck and call.
Try these practices – they are free and available to you at every waking moment. Don’t look outside for what you already have inside.
As the words of Rumi remind us “I have lived on the lip of insanity, wanting to know reasons, knocking on a door. It opens. I’ve been knocking from the inside.”
Increase your sense of belonging and fulfilment through acts of solidarity
As I was driving my daughter to school this morning, she asked me “Dad, what does ‘solidarity’ actually mean”. Given the current context, I wasn’t surprised that this word had been lingering in her mind. (more…)