We all hold ourselves back by staying within our comfort zones. By analyzing your current beliefs, you might be able to shift them and break free of the ones that cage you.
Start analyzing and testing your beliefs when trying to break out of a comfort zone and achieve something. This strategy changes your understanding, shifts your beliefs, and therefore shifts the comfort zone itself. Here’s how Pick the Brain breaks it down:
So how do we change our belief about something? One way is to analyze and test the belief. Let’s take the belief that I would never be able to wake up at 5 in the morning to exercise.
Step1: Look at words that are generalizing, distorting or deleting information. Like in our case the word “NEVER”. “Never” is a really long time. This is a distortion of time. What do you base our assumption on? Just because you haven’t done it before does not mean that you can not do it in future.
Step2: Look at the self-imposed limits or rules. You don’t have to wake up at 5. You don’t have to wake up at 5. You can start small. Just try and wake up 15minutes before your alarm.
Step3: Look for positive spin-offs. Remember we as humans move towards pleasure. What are the positive /pleasurable spin-offs that will come from you exercising? You will feel energized and less lethargic during you day. You will feel good about yourself. You will be healthy and therefore can give more to the people around you So in conclusion you can see that this belief doesn’t have arguable legs to stand on and is therefore false and can be changed.
Identify the beliefs that you think might be holding you back. This could be a fear of traveling, or trouble finding new friends. Then take the steps above to break out of your comfort zone and feel more comfortable trying something new.
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