Even when what they’re saying is utter crap.
How often do we hear people say “I don’t know” and then stop talking? How often do we hear people try to figure out what they mean while they’re talking? “Well, I don’t know what I mean, but these words strung together sure are resonating. Let me get back to you on that.”
That would be so refreshing. Listening to people admit that they don’t have it all figured out. Listening to people who don’t take themselves so seriously that they can just be authentic and shrug off the pressure to have an immediate answer.
I wonder how many of us consider whether we’re speaking and acting in awareness or speaking and acting in reaction. I wonder how many people even know what that means.
Beliefs are habitual ways of thinking that move along grooved neural pathways. That seems dreadful to me in a way because I find habits so – monotonous (boring). Outdated beliefs then must not serve us. I wonder how often people stop and consider their beliefs. I never knew to consider mine until recently. I didn’t even realize I had ongoing beliefs (plural) – it’s not exactly the kind of thing I walked around thinking about.
My coaching program is lighting up my imagination like a fireworks display.
Do you react to life all day every day or are you strategic, considering, and conscious?
In the spirit of the title of this post, I’ve decided to practice a mantra in an attempt to create a new neural pathway in my brain.
(originally in Hinduism and Buddhism) a word or sound repeated to aid concentration in meditation.a statement or slogan repeated frequently.
Habitual thinking creates pathways – grooves – in our brains. Have you ever repeated arguments in your head with someone because you just haven’t or won’t let it go? (I do it all the effing time – it’s a habit) Well, that thinking behavior is similar to a mantra. We’ve created a neural groove for it in our brain by thinking about it so often. This is why it pops into our head so easily all the time – the groove is just waiting for it. The good news? We can regroove our brains. Yes! The old pathways can be erased or recoded by practicing new thoughts/mantras with the understanding that it’ll take time. This is no different than creating a new habit – it’ll take lots of regular practice.
I’ve heard people chant before and honestly, the idea of doing this makes me feel a little uncomfortable because I think it’s corny. So, I’m only going to do it aloud at home in front of my dog. That said, I am trying to reinvent myself here, and I’ve only got another 360 days to go, so I’m willing to try just about anything.
What I know about this mantra business is this – it has to be believed by the person saying it. You can’t say a mantra that you don’t believe and expect it to work (the regrooving process). I could never take myself seriously repeating a mantra like “I am love and peace and light and feathery white glory.” Or some cheesy gooey ew like that. I’m just not that kind of a dork.
Remember Stuart Smalley from SNL? He was a mantra guy. Here are some of his favorites:
- “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me.”
- “I am a worthy human being.”
- “Trace it, face it, and erase it.”
- “…and that’s…okay.”
- “I’m in a shame spiral.”
- “I am a human being, not a human doing.”
In all seriousness …
I’m told this will work if I take it seriously. So, here’s my mantra – “I have a purpose. I survived addiction and I will use what I know and the tools available to me to help people into recovery. I will have fun, travel, form relationships, learn, and explore along the way.”
I can live with that.