How to replace a limiting thought that keeps us stuck
Why we have to find the limiting thought that keeps us stuck before we can get rid of it
If we use mind-decluttering as the process to realise changes in our life – changes in the way we show up and behave so that we can achieve the results we actually want to have – we always start our work by searching for the current thought.
We need to know what we are currently thinking because our current thought causes what we are currently feeling. And, as we know from the Mind-Decluttering Model, our feelings create our our actions (what we do or not do) which finally create the results in our life.
However, we are thinking around 60,000 thoughts each day and most of them run around in our unconscious mind and come up on default – we don’t choose them deliberately, we are not even aware of them.
How can we uncover unconscious self-limiting thoughts?
In the Mind-Decluttering Model the result at the bottom of the model always refers back to the thought line in the model.
So if we struggle to discover our current thought, we can work our way back from the bottom to the top of the model.
Let’s say I want to intensify my exercise-program and have decided to get up at 5 am twice a week so that I can go for a longer run bevor I have to leave the house.
But two weeks have gone by already and I didn’t get up earlier twice a week, I didn’t go for an early run.
I now fill in the Mind-Decluttering Model.
The circumstance line: Part of the new exercise plan is that I get up for an early run two times each week.
The thought line: ?
The feeling line: ?
The action line: I didn’t get up earlier twice a week during the past two weeks.
The result line: I don’t realise my exercise-plan.
So what’s the thought in this scenario?
Looking at the result line, I know that the thought is probably something like ‘it’s impossible to realise the exercise plan’.
And yes, that’s what it is, that’s what I am currently thinking: This is too hard. Getting up so early is too hard. I’ve never managed to get up so early. It’s impossible.
How do I feel when I am thinking these thoughts? I feel exhausted and incapable.
The on-default version of my Mind-Decluttering Model is complete:
Now it’s clear why I am currently not able to realise my exercise-plan:
I’ve found the cause of the problem, my thought, which means that I am now in the position to find the solution:
I have to find a better thought.
A thought that creates feelings and actions that serve me better in this situation.
What do I need to think about getting up early twice a week so that I feel capable and strong instead of exhausted and incapable?
I experiment with a few ideas of useful thoughts and finally come up with this: Of course getting up early is hard and feels uncomfortable at first. But that’s not a problem. I can do uncomfortable things if I want to. I’ll do this!
Thinking this makes me feel strong and capable. And feeling strong and capable helps me do what I wanted to do: get up early – although it feels uncomfortable – and go running twice a week before I leave to go to work.
The result? I prove to myself that I can do hard things and realise my exercise-plan!
This is an overview of the final on-purpose model:
This example demonstrates one of the many ways we can try to find our current thoughts and then a better – more useful and effective – thought.
Yes, applying the Mind-Decluttering Model as a tool to realise desired changes in our life takes effort and time.
But it’s worth it – If we do it properly, the process of letting go of limiting thoughts and moving on with new powerful thoughts always delivers the results we want to achieve.
WHAT ABOUT YOU?
What are the changes your want to make in your life? Which thoughts might have kept you from realising the desired changes? Which thoughts could you practice thinking instead?
Take the first step of your mind- (and life-) decluttering journey today.