How was your week? Mine was weird.
On Monday about 11 a.m. I thought I was hungry. Tuesday around 4 p.m. I thought I was hungry. Thursday at 10:30 p.m. I thought I was hungry. And, it wasn't until an hour ago did I realize that throughout the whole week I kept asking myself, "Am I hungry, or, do I just think I'm hungry?"
What I figured out is that it really didn't matter if I was hungry or not. What I was trying to do was go for something familiar that I enjoyed. Turns out, every time I thought of being hungry, I was really fussing about marketing.
That is a pattern. And, when you have negative patterns (or patterns that you don't recognize), they can really undermine your best efforts. So for me, instead of focusing on work, I focused on food. My negative patterns are being reinforced and my work suffers.
How about you? What patterns are you aware of that keep you from being your best self? (And, remember, you might have negative patterns that you're not even aware of and those can work against you, too.)
Well, I have an assignment for you. When you do something because of something you're thinking that might be keeping you from doing what you need to be doing, write it down. (That seems like a long, confusing sentence, but I can't think of any other way to say it.)
After a couple of weeks, here's another assignment. Recognize the pattern you don't want to be doing, and replace it with what you do want to be doing. Make sense? For me, when I ask myself if I am hungry, I will think 'no' then delve into my marketing challenge without fear.
If you successfully complete your assignments, your new patterns will create personal and professional success. As it's said, make good habits (patterns) and allow those habits to control you and keep you on your path of growth and improvement.
If you need anything, just email me. I'm always here to help. ⚅⚄