I just had a great meeting with a friend. We were discussing the importance of the mind when tackling demanding situations. These situations can be losing weight, starting a new job, playing a sport, tackling projects that you have never tried before, etc. What we think and feel plays such an important part in how we act. The primary focus of our conversation was on how many people would agree with this statement but when asked to look at what they are thinking or feeling regarding their journey, then they back off. I know change is scary and difficult under the best of circumstances. But if we are afraid of exploring our own feelings and thoughts so that we can conquer life’s challenges, then how are we supposed to get anywhere?
So where do we start? Recognize that there are thoughts and feelings associated with everything we do. Once you start to notice these thoughts and feelings you can start to notice a pattern. Do you like what you are noticing, or do you want to see something different? If you are noticing many negative thoughts and feelings, then try flipping them into something neutral or maybe even positive. This is hard and takes a lot of practice. The more you catch yourself the easier it will become.
Take time today to notice what is going on in your mind. You might be really surprised at what you find.
Change. Discover. Transform.
Carla Carter, Ed.D., LCPC, CMPA, EMDR Certified