We have been spending this month talking about perspectives. First we explored whether you see things from your own, or others perspectives. The following week we worked on learning to take a step back and view things from other people’s perspectives.
It’s an Inside Job
This week, it is time to look inside ourselves and see the different perspectives we hold within our own minds. Sometimes these can be the hardest to see, and even harder to overcome. But once you become aware of them and what they are telling you, it is easier to work with them and develop perspectives that not only excite and engage you; but empower you as well and inspire you with confidence to do the things you were always capable of doing!
What are these internal perspectives I am referring to? They are the ones that creep in when you think about doing something different or challenging. They are the ones that creep in when you are doing something new, or perhaps doing something as a part of a group. They are the ones that creep in and say you aren’t good enough, smart enough, or athletic enough. The ones that creep in and say you’ll look silly, or this never worked in the past, or things never go your way. The ones that have you defeated before you even start!
It’s time to challenge those perspectives! It’s time to honestly ask “where did they come from?” Is there any truth to it? This is not disputing that something may not have worked out the way you planned in the past, but does that mean it never will? What proof do you have that you won’t be successful this time? What if you do something differently? What if you are, perhaps, a bit more motivated?
Your past DOES NOT equal your future! This week, write down those limiting thoughts and beliefs when they come up. What are you doing/thinking when they come up? How do they make you feel? Is there any REAL truth to them?
Before you can change anything you need to identify and recognize what is going on. Once you have done that, THEN it is time to start making changes that will set you up to succeed; to inspire and motivate you. And to empower you and finally get things going your way!