I am wrong a lot.
I was wrong about thinking I couldn't change.
I was wrong about thinking I'd never be able to reach my ideal weight.
I was wrong about thinking I couldn't get out of debt.
I was wrong about thinking I couldn't achieve my dreams.
I was wrong about my long list of faults and my complete lack of worth.
I was wrong about other people and how they should be living their lives.
I was wrong about my husband and how he should make me feel.
I was wrong about my kids and how they're supposed to behave.
I was wrong about not being able to be happy.
I was wrong about all of it. Coaching showed me that.
And learning I was wrong, made everything right.
Here's the thing: You are wrong too.
You are wrong about you and the people you love. You are wrong about what's causing you pain and thinking it can never be better. You are wrong about what you are capable of and you are...
My husband works for a hospital system. And over the last couple of weeks they have had lots and lots of meetings about the coronavirus.
When he gets home he tries to convince me that things are serious.
But I gave up worry a long time ago.
I don't worry about anything. Because I know the truth: the universe is always working in my favor.
Everything that happens in my life is happening for me. For my family. For my kids. For our good.
And it doesn't mean that it won't be hard.
And it doesn't mean that it won't feel challenging.
But it's all happening for me. And so I don't need to brace myself or anticipate the worst or worry. Ever.
The worst thing that can ever happen is a negative emotion—which is always created by me by what I choose to think. And whenever I choose to think things that produce negative feelings, those feelings can just be felt. They cannot hurt me. They...
Today I was working with a client on her relationship with her kids and she said, “I just wish I would have known this sooner. It would have changed everything.”
I told her that she learned it at the perfect time. That we all get this work exactly when we need it.
And when we do, it does change everything.
It changes how we see the circumstances of our lives.
It changes how we love the people in our lives.
It changes how we think about ourselves.
I never live in regret for what I didn’t know then. But I will always be glad I found my coach when I did. And I will be forever grateful for what I was able to create from that moment on because of what she taught me about my brain and my thoughts and everything they were producing for me.
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This year you are getting a whole extra day of life.
A free gift from the universe.
(Or actually, from Julius Caesar, if we’re going to get technical.)
So what are you going to do with your extra day?
The thought of having an extra day and all the possible ways to fill it, reminded me of the idea introduced by Matthew Kelly, in his book The Long View. Kelly points out that we overestimate what we can do in the short term, while vastly underestimating what we can do in the long term.
We all tend to overestimate what we can accomplish in a day. The hours go faster than we expect, and we find ourselves at the end of the day with more to do than we got done. Progress feels slow and difficult. And this leads us to think that we aren’t really getting anywhere.
Our brain notices this. And then starts to extrapolate: If progress is impossible to detect in the little daily things, how are we ever going to make the big thing happen?
Our finite-focused, human brains have a...
This week my son called. He was stressed and worried and overwhelmed and he wanted some coaching.
When he told me how he was feeling, I asked him about the thoughts that were creating his panicky feelings.
He said, “They’re terrible. They’re terrible thoughts.”
He didn’t even want to say them out loud. He didn’t want to acknowledge that he was thinking them. He wanted to just ignore them and pretend they weren’t there.
But what I showed him was that even though he didn’t want to be thinking these thoughts, and even though he thought he shouldn’t be thinking them, the thoughts were still there and he was unknowingly operating from them.
And they were making him feel terrible.
The key for each of us is to get our thoughts out in the open. To look at them. To shine a light on them. To question them. To understand that our thoughts don’t say anything about us.
Our unmanaged, default thoughts are just our brain’s response...
Recently I made a simple mistake that I was pretty upset about. As I was in the middle of beating myself up about this, I had someone pose the question: “Will this matter in six months?”
This question immediately made me stop and think.
As I thought about what would matter in six months, I could see that not only would this error not matter, I probably wouldn’t even remember doing it.
But as I thought about it further, I realized that while my mistake wouldn’t matter in six months, the way I was berating myself would.
I have an old thought pattern that sometimes surfaces when I make mistakes, and even sometimes when I don’t. It says that if I was better (in so many ways), I could avoid all the pain and suffering I cause myself and others. It says, “You’re not good enough and you’re never going to be good enough.”
If I continue to think this thought without interrupting it and without redirecting it and without questioning it, I...
Today I want to tell you the secret to the perfect Valentine’s Day:
Love isn’t something that other people give us...LOVE IS A GIFT YOU GIVE YOURSELF.
Remember that love is a feeling and all of our feelings are created by our thoughts. Even love.
This means that if we feel love, it’s because we created it with our thoughts.
It’s not because someone said, “I love you.”
It’s not because someone gave us flowers or wrote us a card.
It’s not because they held our hand or kissed us deeply or looked into our eyes.
It’s because, when they did those things, we made their actions mean that they loved us and thinking that thought made us feel love.
Now, you do you want the power of this secret?
Even when they don’t say what we want them to say, and they don’t remember the flowers or the card, or they are distracted or unaffectionate or busy, we still get to make their actions mean whatever we want. We always get to...
I coached a client this week that was trying to outrun herself.
Like many of us, she believed if she could just change and “finally get her act together” then she could find peace. And she was using thought work to try to fix—as quickly as possible—all the things that were wrong with her.
The trouble was, her humanness kept getting in the way. She still made mistakes. She sometimes chose unhelpful thoughts. She didn’t always act the way she wanted to.
“It’s not working,” she said. “I’m still a mess.”
I knew exactly what she meant. I remember being right where she is when I first found this work. I was so excited to think I was finally going to be able to clean up all the awful parts of me and be “better” in every way.
“What I learned,” I told her, “is that the power of this work is not in being able fix the mess. The power of this work is that it allows you to love the mess. Maybe for the...
I recently heard Dr. Kelly McGonigal talking about something called “the Joy Gap.”
She said that, as humans, we dramatically underestimate how good it will feel to move our bodies. If you ask people to predict how they will feel after they exercise, they usually predict:
It’ll make me tired.
It’ll be exhausting.
It’ll be boring.
It’ll be uncomfortable and unpleasant.
But in reality, after exercise, most people report:
I feel better.
I feel optimistic.
I feel like I can take on the world.
I have more energy not less.
This is the “Joy Gap”—when we think the work will be hard or painful or exhausting, and the result is actually the opposite.
The “Joy Gap” occurs because of the brain’s built-in, survival instinct to conserve energy. It’s a part of being human. We vastly underestimate the pleasure we will get from doing hard things.
I think this “Joy Gap” exists when we pursue any goal, not just exercise....
Chances are, here on the third Monday of the year, you might be tired.
You might have set some goals at the beginning of the year and then got busy, doing lots of new action and work. And now you are tired. And chances are, that even with all your hard work and energy, you aren't seeing any signs of progress yet.
This is the way of it.
Physical progress towards our goals is never as fast as our brains want it to be.
And so we give up, citing a lack of evidence. We start thinking, "We're not getting anywhere. It's not working. I must be doing it wrong. Why do I even try?" or something similar.
I started a new exercise program two weeks ago. It's something I've never done before. It is different than any other workout I've ever tried. And so my brain is desperately looking for evidence that it is working. My brain wants to know my effort isn't futile. My brain guards my effort and energy like it's its job. (Thanks, brain.)
What I have decided is that I'm doing it anyway. I'm committed...