The world and its occupants are loaded down with rules, expectations, judgments, accusations, and speculations – all about you. From the moment you take your first breath, someone is telling you how you are, what you should think, feel, and do. As babies, we need someone to show us the basics, but once we develop our own minds, we love to “do it ourselves.” That’s natural.
From the moment you take your first breath, someone is telling you how you are, what you should think, feel, and do. As babies, we need someone to show us the basics, but once we develop our own minds, we love to “do it ourselves.” That’s natural. Just look at nature for confirmation.
People don’t stop imposing their attitudes, beliefs, and opinions on us once we are thinking for ourselves. Humans have grown into complex creatures that feel compelled to articulate the “why” of everything. And we think this makes us intelligent.
Oh, contra ire.
The more you listen to everyone else instead of your own feelings, the farther away from yourself you travel.
No one can fully escape someone telling them “no.”
“No. You can’t do that.”
“No. You shouldn’t think (feel or believe) that.”
“No. You are wrong.”
“No. You are not ___________enough.” Fill in the blank. (smart, talented, skinny, brave, rich, pretty, connected, educated or strong)
You hear any of that often, eventually it soaks into you like an ink stain. Your subconscious mind replays those negative ideas constantly. Even though your conscious mind is telling you not to listen, not to believe, and that you should know better. Because you do!
But whenever you are complimented, you brush it off and reject the positive input. Any skull session that promotes creativity and chasing dreams has you snuffing them out with all the reasons “why not” instead of planning the pathway toward our goals.
We stamp out our dreams like a boot extinguishing a cigarette.
What can we do?
Wish on a star? A birthday candle? Wait for a hero to rescue us from ourselves?
How can you undo years of mental programming and record new, positive, self-affirming “Yes!” data?
Be aware of your thoughts and re-word them, one thought at a time. Be diligent! Any time you get down on yourself or hear yourself rebuffing a compliment, STOP! Imagine a seeing a stop sign and then mentally talk to yourself as you would someone you love.
Squirming yet? Yes, it is very uncomfortable because you are accustomed to accepting the worst for yourself. Accepting the best takes practice and reward.
When you treat yourself, you never chose the smallest brownie or just one piece of chocolate. So why do you do that in other areas?
If you feel as if you “don’t deserve” good stuff, you’ve been lied to. Oh, yeah. Again and again, you’ve been fed big, fat, hairy lies by people who had also been raised on a diet of the same or are purposely trying to hold you back and keep you down.
You were born knowing better but changed when the rest of the world got a hold of you.
Instead of asking yourself what you think about it, ask: How do I feel about it? Use your heart center instead of your intellect.
How do you feel about it?
You know when you feel good and bad. Any time you get down on yourself with all the reasons why not, stop. Remind yourself that all those reasons came from others. Then ask yourself: How do I feel about it?
Use your heart instead of your head. How does it feel? It’s smarter than you think.