Saturday, May 28, 2011

Is it your belief that dictates your reaction to an event?

When we overreact to something, it maybe worthwhile to step back, reflect, and ask, "Why did I react this way?"

"What is the belief that I have that makes me react this way?"

For example, one may feel extremely nervous about meeting new people.

If we ask ourselves, "What is the belief that I have that makes me feel this way?", then there maybe a number of possible answers.

If my belief is that I am better than everyone, would I have this reaction?  Probably not...

If I believe that I am good enough because I am learning from my mistakes and growing as a person, then will I still react that way?  Probably not....

If I believe that I am not good enough and people don't like me, then will I react this way?  Yes

Sometimes, the belief that I am not good enough, coupled with anxiety and fear, can lead to a fear of being judged, and the fear of not being good enough.  This is a common problem in our society.

The good news is, once we know our unhelpful beliefs, we then defuse from it or change it.

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