Limiting Poisoning Perceptions
When it comes to balancing hormones, stress is a huge component. One of the most difficult aspects of stress is our perception of the world around us. The more negative our view, the more difficult it is for us to turn off the stress hormones that are affecting our health. According to Go Big Coach Kristen Howe, these thoughts are called poisoned perceptions.
So, what is a poisoned perception? Basically, when you have negative expectations – your actions support these and then the negative expectations are realized. You say “I knew this was going to happen” and you now have proof that you were right. Is that not what you often end up telling yourself?
This type of thinking causes you to repeat lack-focused thinking and actions. Call it an energetic mismatch for achieving your desired outcome. Essentially you become a negative proof-based magnet for failure.
I have heard this all before. I am sure you all have heard this, too. The answer, as I am also sure you have heard, is to change your thought patterns and beliefs. What is striking about this is that when you feel down, when you are feeling insecure about the challenges you have created for yourself or when you are just feeling fearful – how do you possibly feel positive and create new patterns of thinking? We are creatures of habit and we know what we know. So, if we have not had the experience of the positive outcome – how do we change our thoughts?
The answer comes in two forms. The first is finding the energy to do things that are a risk. Instead of doing something big, choose tasks that are small. The best way to build confidence is to succeed and a small task that you know you can handle, is the best way to do this. All the small tasks can all be ones that can lead to achieving bigger goals but instead of being overwhelmed by the size of the big goals, focus on what you can do now, to move toward achieving a big goal.
Gradually learn to increase the size of the task or the nature of the task. Ask yourself: Can I handle this and am I okay if it does not succeed? As long as the answer is yes to both questions, you can proceed. If you feel the failure is no big deal – then you have nothing to fear and if the control of the task is yours, then you also have no fear that someone else will mess things up for you. Remember that failing at the little tasks does not mean you have failed at the big goal. It is just a piece of the plan and clearly not the right one.
The second element that can be helpful is letting go of the past. Think of today as ground zero. The past does not exist. When old thought patterns creep into your mind, tell yourself “today I start at zero”. There will be many days where you are starting at zero again. Now depending on how bad your past is, you may want to consider doing this with the help of a professional counselor. But overtime, this process will gradually quiet the ghosts from the past.
Think about this as you are contemplating your life and what it will take to achieve your goals. What is your mind-set? Do you engage in negative self-talk and what can you do about it? Don’t try to take on too much and keep the tasks small to build your confidence.
Dr. Tara Clapp, ND
Dr. Tara Clapp, ND
Naturopathic Doctor Focusing on Anti-aging and Hormone Optimization
Dr. Tara Clapp, ND is a Board-certified Naturopathic Doctor and leading authority on Anti-Aging & Bio-Identical Hormones. Dr. Clapp, ND has taken numerous courses to advance her knowledge and has received certifications in Intravenous Nutrient Therapy, Mesotherapy & Injection Therapy for Anti-Aging & Pain Management, as well as First Line Therapy Weight Management.
Dr. Tara Clapp, ND uses specialized, leading-edge laboratory testing for better diagnostics & health. Dr. Tara Clapp, ND has special interests in anti-aging, bio-identical hormone therapy, food and nutrition, metabolic and hormone imbalances and digestive disorders.
Being a naturopathic doctor has proven to be an especially rewarding experience to Dr. Tara Clapp, ND as it allows her to take part in people’s transformation and realization of their health potential. Consequently, Dr. Tara Clapp, ND continually updates her skills through new courses and conferences, and uses this information to better her clients.
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