How are you doing?
As I write this the rain is beating down on my window and we are only just into September and it’s starting to feel autumnal already. For me the autumn is always a time to consider how I am doing against the things that I had planned or made a decision about at the beginning of the year or even during the year. September is a good time to review progress and start something new as the seasons take us towards the new year.
It’s important to recognise achievement whether it’s a fitness regime that has been successful, progress at work, a new job, starting self employment, feedback at school/college or simply taking a different approach to something or a different attitude. How has this year so far been for you? Perhaps you’ve come up against some real challenges and they have set you back or something quite life changing might have happened. How often do you give yourself time to just sit and simply reflect on situations that have happened or celebrate all the things that you have done so far?
If you have some things left that you still want to do before the year is out, how has your progress been towards completing it and how will you go about ensuring that you achieve it?
I’ve mentioned in my other blogs the reference to Fear and how this impacts on how we do things. If you are feeling stuck in a rut still, try to figure out what it is that stops you – what is that fear?
The common acronym relating to FEAR is False Expectations Appearing Real and this is so true because our subconscious mind is capable of allowing us to do anything we want, but at the same time buried deep are also past memories and associations which affect how we do things. Everyone has a unique and different model of the world and this impacts on how successful or unsuccessful we are in the things we do. For example seeing a member of your family or someone you knew as a child have an opinion or show fear towards a spider could have an impact on how you are towards spiders. Spider = fear response. Or maybe you were told as a child that you were useless at something and have since taken that limiting belief with you all your life. This was after all just a judgment from someone else but you believed it so much that you take it with you everywhere you go.
If you are feeling that something is getting in the way of you making progress, you can use a simple technique by giving absolute focus on what you want your outcome to be. An athlete is only successful when relentless focus is given to winning; they would not be focussing on losing because this would then lead the unconscious mind to focus on losing. It is the same for anything – focus on what you want, not what you don’t want or you will be giving your subconscious mind the wrong message.
Meditation and affirmations are a great way to do this and are used in both meditation and hypnotherapy. If neither of these is your preference, then write out your affirmations and repeat them at least 30 times in your head daily. Your unconscious mind will always believe what you tell it to whether real or unreal so take advantage!
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