Life Coaching Tip: Much of what your brain interprets as “facts” are just thoughts about circumstances that become well practiced beliefs. It is incredibly important to understand this because the primal brain is ninja, and will do its best to hold you back in the safety of your comfort zone. You must continually challenge your current reality and be willing to shake things up if you want to manifest your dreams!…
When my husband, Jerry, and I walk at the bluffs in the summertime, we often hear a little bird calling to him from the treetops.
“Jeeeerry, Jeeeerry!” it chirps.
“What’s up dude? I’m right here!” my husband often calls back.
This never gets old for me, as it always cracks me up!
For as long as I can remember, we’ve referred to this bird as the “Jerry Bird,” and recently I decided to look up its true identity. I smiled as I was trying to decide what to type into my Google search… hmmm?
I started with “Bird that sounds like it’s saying…”
And it delighted me to see what came up next…
Yes, there was “Jerry”!
But there were also a host of other options.
As it turns out, the “Jerry Bird” is a Catbird. And in the first article I read, other people thought it sounded like it was saying “Mary” or “Judy.” One guy even thought it sounded like “Jersey.”
I thought, “Really? How strange! Clearly, it’s “Jerry!”
Again, this made me smile.
I’m always amazed at how people can interpret things so differently.
And it really blows my mind when I think of something as a “fact” and then learn there are other viewpoints contrary to mine!
As it turns out, much of what our brain interprets as “facts” are just thoughts about circumstances that become well practiced beliefs.
And although having this insight isn’t significant regarding situations like bird identification (unless you are an ornithologist, of course), it is incredibly important when it involves a limiting belief that is holding you back from pursuing your dreams.
For instance, I always thought that debt was a bad thing, and it implied irresponsibility. Seems like a fact, right? I mean everyone knows that!
However, later in life, when I got to know several successful entrepreneurs who leveraged their credit to grow their business, I realized that not all debt is bad. It can actually be a tool to take a person or business to the next level.
But how many people do you know who would disagree with that and let this limiting belief get in the way of leveling up?
Here’s another one…
At one time, I thought my clients would never go for the idea of online coaching, and so I didn’t even try to transition out of my office, even though I thought it would be a good move. This belief limited my coaching practice to serving only local clients and limited my availability.
However, the pandemic forced my hand, and I had to start meeting with my clients via zoom practically overnight. And as it turned out, none of my clients complained about this, and most even appear to find it more convenient.
I have since let go of my office lease and have expanded my reach to women all over the country. But it took a world-wide pandemic for me to finally challenge the “fact” in my brain that was never truly a fact at all.
The primal brain is ninja, and it will do its best to hold us back in the safety of our comfort zone.
Since we often can’t see that our limiting beliefs are not “facts’, we keep cycling through the same old, same old – until we finally challenge our current reality and shake things up!
What patterns are you noticing in your life?
What thoughts are blocking you from moving forward?
Are you willing to look at things differently?
It takes intentional effort to let go of the stories that are getting in the way of our progress, but it’s so worth it!
You are worth it!
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