Part 2 of 4
Ever been stuck? Like really stuck. Just not able to move forward?
I have and I’ve found it’s more often than not related to a number of things.. the last blog looked at Clarity. This one deals with Limiting Beliefs…
Limiting beliefs are a tough one because most often they are hidden to us, meaning they are unconscious. If they are unconscious, how can we know what the block is? Techniques are available to recognize our feelings and/or locate tension within the body to help breakthrough this. What works for me is to stop and observe the mental program I am running. I simply notice…and then work on changing my inner critic to my inner coach. The key step is catching myself while running the mental program. It may be put aside to work on at a more appropriate time but I will look at it.
If knowing was enough, you’d be doing already… but something is stopping us from turning knowing into actually doing. Usually it’s an unconscious limiting belief. By exploring the inner work we can heal past hurts, release them and revive ourselves to move forward. It frees us up to be present with what is and to move our energy to something better.
I like using the RIM technique, Tapping (emotional freedom technique and variants), the Sedona Method and even the practice of Qigong. I use these with clients as well as the power of visualization and meditation. I’ve seen a business executive go from a self reported anxiety rating of 10/10 (10 being the most) to a 2/10 in the span of ten minutes using these techniques. The effect was going from paralyzing inaction to calm action… in ten minutes!
When we can label a feeling, and explore what’s behind it, it is remarkable what stories surface from old hurts and perceptions. When the unconscious becomes conscious, we can move forward into the greatness we each possess. With the new awareness in hand, it’s remarkable how we can shed past blocks and break through them.
In last week’s example of running the half marathon, a limiting belief that came up was around quitting: “It seemed like a good idea at the time but I’d prefer not to be doing this right now.” I looked at where else this was showing up in my life. I looked at when things get tough, what do I drop? Not because it isn’t possible but because it’s extra work or frankly, I’d prefer to do something else. Where does this stem from? So I simply noticed these feelings and worked through them using the above methods realizing how I’d feel when the goal was accomplished. Celebration, accomplishment and breaking the SOS. My belief on certain days was to quit when I was tired. But when I explored it, it was an excuse. When I broke through that perception, I realized I was mentally fatigued and allowing it to manifest physically. It’s not like I felt the need to sleep during the day – where if I was truly tired, I would. In working through this, it changed behaviours manifesting in other areas of my life too…
What about you?
Click here for my next blog post on the importance of implementation and habit in moving through your SOS.