Reframing Thoughts

Sometimes our thoughts get the better of us. That can happen because of our naturally occurring negative bias, it can stem from our core beliefs, they can be an automatic response to a frustrating or negative experience. What we do with those thoughts; however, is our choice. We can feed them or we can reframe them:

“I can’t do this” to “I am going to give it another try.” (Take a few deep breaths first!)

“I’m not good at this” to “What am I missing?”

“I’m done or I give up” to “I will try and understand so that I can keep going.”

“I should have done —–“ to “Next time I might try ——“

“What is the matter with me?” to “What do I need right now?”

We have the ability to temper our negative thoughts with objectivity. By being open to other avenues available to us in that moment, we can choose a different path – one that is flexible and focused on a growth mindset. As we are reminded by this quote:

“Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.”― Isaac Asimov

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