Common Traps

author/source: Ellie Lane

common-trapsI recently presented to women in a technology company on being free from common mind traps. I have a framework I created called the 5 "traps" we often find ourselves in, and two were by far the most common for this group: the judge and the worrier. 

No doubt you, too, know these voices well. Most of us encounter them at times, if not often. 

Here's my current approach on interacting with these voices: 

Get to know them. 

Allow them - if you make them wrong, they fight back. 

I'm known for saying, feel the feelings, just don't live there. 

Noticing non-judgmentally is not only for serious meditators; it's available to all of us. 

Get a little distance from "it" - the critic or the anxiousness - by seeing that they are thoughts that come and go. Don't own it. Language is powerful here: " I had a worrisome thought," is different from "I have anxiety." Try it for yourself. 

Understand that part of being human is that the judge and the worrier will creep in, sometimes when we least expect to hear from them. Sometimes, after many years laying dormant. 

And, the malleability of the brain means you do not have to be subject to their strong influence forever. 

Through dedicated attention, just like if you were building presentation skills or learning an instrument, you can strengthen other kinder voices and allow the judge and worrier to fall by the wayside. 

Don't be fooled as I was. I thought, this is what I DO for a living, I've got this. HA. I wasn't doing the work back then. 

common-trapsThere is no way around it. You've got to do the work if you want to see change. 

Oh, two more thoughts that I shared in the recent program. 

If the judge is a common trap for you, try really intensely being self-compassionate. And if perfectionism is the form it takes, lean into uncertainty. Embracing the unknown allows the need for things to be a certain way to drop away. 

If the worrier grabs you in its trap, ask yourself, am I in the past or the future in my mind? Then get present.  Use breathe, your senses and/or gratitude to do so. 

If you're ready to truly step into your power, and do the work on shifting your mindset to grow your business or your career, let's have a conversation. There's a lot more to coaching than mindset work, but that's always a piece of it. Real, lasting change occurs from the inside out. :) 

To your peace, 



common-trapsIn 30 years working in human development, I’ve worked with thousands of people who’ve held themselves back, and guided them to build their internal power, confidence, and success; to learn that self-care does not equate with selfishness, that striving for more does not mean striving for perfection, and to discover and live a life by design, not by accident. 

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