Turning self-defeating Beliefs into Empowering Questions
Becoming aware of our thoughts and beliefs can help us change them.
On page 82 in the book ‘Super Brain’ by Dr. Deepak Chopra & Rudolph E. Tanzi self defeating beliefs are referred to as software programs, but “they are even more pernicious since they dig in deeper with every repetition.”
The book lists 6 beliefs and I have turned some of the suggestions to turn these around into questions.
1. It’s all my fault
Why do I focus on a solution? Why is fault finding pointless?
2. I am not good enough
Why am I good enough?
Why am I learning from this?
Why am I improving?
Why am I doing my best?
3. Nothing will work out for me
Why do things have a way of working out for me?
Why do I/can I find a solution?
4. I knew things would go wrong
Why am I focusing on a better possible future?
5. I can’t do anything about it
Why can I do something about it?
Why can I find someone who can do something about it?
Why do I have options/possibilities?
What can I do to make things better?
6. It was just a matter of time
Why do I look for opportunities/possibilities?
Why do I look for the gift contained in this situation?
Why will this pass?
We have a powerful internal search engine and we can activate it with empowering questions.
Researching searching beliefs led me to this Resources for the General Public on Cognitive Therapy and Stress Management site.
The book ‘Super Brain’ has a wealth of information and great suggestion!
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