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Avoid Mind Traps

When things go wrong, do you automatically blame yourself or others? Jump to conclusions? Mind Traps place us in a very small self-limiting place of thinking. Pay attention to your beliefs.

Practice Mindfulness: Remember to take on the role of the observer. How do you feel? What are you thinking? How do you then behave? Stay mindful of your judgments, thoughts, feelings and behaviour patterns towards self and others. Mindfulness helps keep us in the moment and connected.

Check your Perspective: Do not waste time and energy worrying about the woulda’s, shoulda’s and coulda’s in life. What can you do to be better prepared for next time? Who can you ask for help? No one does it all alone.

Practice Situational Mastery: Be aware of your negative thoughts and behaviours. Turn them into resilient ones. Ask yourself and others for insights and assistance for more effective and immediate results.

Confront Your Beliefs: Our beliefs and values have a large impact on our
thoughts and feelings. These in turn influence our behaviour. When challenged by problems, do you have a value or belief that gets in the way? i.e. Why is she always so mean to me?

Reframing: Seeing situations through a fresh perspective. Focus on problems with a greater sense of clarity and opportunity internally and externally. The glass is both half empty and half full. What can the half full provide to assist us deal with or solve our current situation? Who can we ask for insight?

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