With springtime comes new beginnings; a freshness in the air that encourages us to start new and let go of what we don’t need. We often turn our attention to neglected areas at home like the cluttered closet or messy corners. With the energy of fresh starts in the air it’s also a great time to look inside at old-beliefs and tired attitudes that limit us.
Self-limiting attitudes are about as useful as an old shoe with no sole. Why hang onto them if they cannot help you in a positive, useful way? It’s time we let these go!
Try playing with this simple exercise to interrupt self-limiting attitudes and create something new:
- Start with a 30-minute time period and tune your inner awareness towards old beliefs so you can begin to catch them. Increase the duration or how often you do it as you desire.
- During the designated time period watch for limiting attitudes such as: I can’t do that, I’m not smart enough.
- Once you identify an old belief that you want to change, center in the heart and ask yourself what would a kinder attitude to replace the old one?
For example, if your limiting belief is, “I’m so stupid; this is why I don’t try new things – by now I should know how to do this.” Stop those thoughts and instead say, “These thoughts aren’t helping me. Goodbye old thoughts!”
Replace the old belief with a new, positive inner message adding a compassionate attitude like you would use with someone you love. A positive replacement attitude might be, “I’m still learning how to do this. No worries, I know I’ll get it down soon.”
It may feel a bit superficial to start, but the more you play with this easy practice, the more your attitudes and feelings will start aligning with your positive inner dialogue.
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