Updated: Jan 14
What are they and why should you care?
I have a quick question for you:
Do you believe an old dog can learn new tricks?
If you said yes, congratulations - you believe in something called neuroplasticity. This is defined as the concept that anyone at any stage of life can develop new thinking patterns and behaviors to support your goals (the play-doh in your head). If you said no, then carry on with your thoughts.
Thoughts tripping you up?
First you must become an observer of your own thoughts.
“People are disturbed not by things that happen, but by the views in which they take those things.” - Epictetus, a Greek Stoic Philosopher
Meaning, your own thoughts and opinions shape your feelings about AND reactions to an event. If you accept this principle, you accept that each individual takes personal responsibility for their own reaction to a situation.
They also have understanding that another may have their own reaction to the same situation. Thus, everyone’s perception is their reality. In essence, our cognitions influence our behaviors. In order to understand if your approach is supporting or limiting your objectives, ask yourself these three questions: