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On today’s solo episode, Lesa introduces the show and gives a bit of her story. She also discusses “Imposter Syndrome,” stepping into your power and addressing the feedback loop that shapes how you move through your life.
I felt a lot of resistance toward starting this podcast primarily because I felt like nobody would listen. Finally I had to acknowledge that if only one person listened and their life was impacted in a positive way because of it, then that’s reason enough to do it. So here we are!
The stories we tell ourselves are the ones that create our reality!
Once we learn this truth, we can start to adjust the way we approach our thought process. Resistance comes in many forms but often times it presents because of a fear based thought process. Those fears can come from messages we hear through our lives and subsequently the lense that we then process those messages through. If you think you aren’t enough, your mind will find reasons to validate that thought process. The narrative can then begin to look like you telling yourself that you’re not enough, etc.
Any negative or limiting thought process comes from some sort of feedback loop that you are entertaining in your mind and that is really dangerous.
For example, I’ve struggled with writer’s block on and off for years. One night I was meditating and my subconscious brought forth an old memory from the 5th grade. I was instantly taken back to that moment in time. I’d written a paper and my teacher, who just so happened to be my grandmother, was reading my piece aloud. She then proceeded to make a big deal out of the mistakes I’d made in my writing in front of my class. I felt humiliated. Even sitting in that moment revisiting that memory, I felt the embarrassment rush over my body and then the tears started streaming down my face as I realized that was the root of my belief about my work as a writer. Somewhere within that event, I adopted the narrative that my thoughts were incomplete and I became insecure about my work.
Healing negative feedback loops can be difficult and it starts by making the choice to believe something other than the lie you’ve told yourself. Here’s an exercise to help put it into a visual. Take out a piece of paper and create two columns. On the left side, write the limiting belief and on the right, write out the new truth that is going to take the place of the limiting one. For my writing situation, it looks like this: On the right, I wrote, “I am not a good writer.” Then on the left, my new truth was this, “I am discovering who I am as a writer so it’s okay to explore.”
Doing this releases you from the shackles of self judgement and you can push through fears and old beliefs with new excitement and hope for a better future.
You are not your mind. Change the loop, change your life.
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