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From good intentions to giving up

By January 13, 2012Uncategorized

Have you ever felt so inspired and motivated to the point where you tell yourself that from this day forward your life is going to change? Have you also awakened the next morning feeling sad and confused, unable to find the energy that propelled you so high the night before?

We have all felt these ups and downs.

Your brain: a good or bad guide?

Without oversimplifying, we could say we inherited the part of our brain associated with our survival instinct from our mammalian ancestors.  At the source of our instinctive reactions (pain, hunger, fear, sadness, anger, etc.), the role of the brain is not only to protect our body but our ego as well.  With that in mind, a known territory, which can be comfortable or not, still represents for our brain a greater sense of security compared to unfamiliar territory.  Therefore, it is totally normal that our first reaction will be to avoid hard work, failure or humiliation.  If a project seems too ambitious, the brain will convince us that the task is too hard, that we don’t have what it takes to do it, that we are too old, too young or have no discipline to succeed, etc.  Stepping out of our comfort zone is not an easy task and that’s why the brain has a tendency to use its great “magical thinking” to justify our inaction

From intentions to actions

If you want to take action and make lasting changes in your life, the first step is to become aware of the limits imposed by your thoughts and your beliefs. Arising from our culture, education and past experiences, our thoughts establish the limits of our possibilities. (e.g.: My family is poor so I’ll be poor, girls are bad in math, the earth is flat, etc.) Those thoughts are so numerous, so quick and so redundant that they become a spontaneous mechanical reaction, conditioning everything we do. To change them, we need to learn how to recognize them and then undo them.

Today, on this beautiful Friday the 13, we are treated to a prime example of the power of our beliefs. When waking up this morning, most of us had a bit of apprehension. Yet you might not even know why the number 13 is bad luck! This belief has been so strongly ingrained in us that it is difficult to be rid of it. Imagine, this superstition is so well anchored in our beliefs that we even removed the number from elevators!

This week try to identify your beliefs.  How do they limit you and where do they come from?  Give us your feedback.

TO THOSE WHO OWN THE ATTITUDE ORANGE PLANNER, use the intended section to write your negative thoughts as soon as they come up and replace them with more constructive ones. Don’t forget to make your weekly evaluation by checking your completed actions.

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