How many times a day do you hear your thoughts putting you down. Maybe you hear…”I’ll never get this right,” or “I’m so dumb.”

Well, it’s time to take control of your thoughts.

This challenge has two parts to it.

  1. The Stop and Switch
  2. Direct and Indirect suggestions.

First, let’s do the Stop and Switch method. This method requires you to become a security guard…well…a security guard of your mind. No longer is he or she going to tolerate being put down or told they aren’t good enough.

  The process: Every time you’re little gremlin (your subconscious mind) says something negative to you. I want you to imagine a huge (and I do mean HUGE) Stop Sign. See the vibrant colors of it as well, then immediately, I would like you to Switch the imagine and words to the reverse of what your gremlin just said to you.

Example: “I’m so dumb.”  SEE A STOP SIGN to stop the thought and now replace it with an image and/or words…”I’m so smart.” And perhaps you see everyone asking you for help with solving some great life problem. Try to use as many senses as possible, if you can. Maybe you hear people chanting how smart you are or there is a long line of people waiting to get an answer from you for some math problem they have.

Now onto #2…Direct and Indirect Suggestions. I would like you to give yourself a combination of these 2 at least once a day. Best time is usually first thing in the morning and right before bed, but anytime will do. Also feel free to do it more than once each.

Examples of direct suggestions:

**   I am smart.

**   I am great.

**   I am loved.

**   I am being amazing.

Direct suggestions are good because they are quick and easy, but the disadvantage to them is sometimes that little gremlin (your subconscious mind) mind be saying, “Yeah, right.”

So, that brings us to indirect suggestions….which take a little more time to say and might be a little harder to craft, but in time they will become second nature and the benefit to these is that they get past the gremlin undetected.

 Examples of indirect suggestions: 

**   Wouldn’t it be great if everyday I felt smart and it’s cool how easier it is becoming with each passing day?

**   Wouldn’t it be awesome for me to become smarter and more successful everyday?

**   And its such a lovely feeling that I seem to be getting smarter with every breath I take.

**   I wonder what it would feel like if my brain could solve any problem and it became faster and faster with it.

**   I wouldn’t be surprised if I could solve any problem now as things are becoming easier for me.

 

You don’t have to say all of that. Just one of the sentences is fine, but I wanted to give you a lot of examples so you have choices. Also feel free to write one down and stick it on your mirror. You can read it to yourself while you get ready in the morning.

It also helps to share as it is really showing your gremlin who’s the boss. So please take a  moment and right one direct or indirect suggestion below. Plus you might have one that could help someone else.

Also if you would like a little more encouragement, feel free to join STEP BY STEP GOAL SETTING at https://www.facebook.com/groups/stepbystepgoalsetting/    We are there to help you accomplish your goals one step at a time.

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Overcoming Your Obstacles.

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We all have goals and dreams, but as we go after them we are faced with obstacles. You have 2 choices, you can quit or overcome your obstacles.

If you are reading this, then I know you are serious about your goals and are going to choose option two. So how do you overcome your obstacles?

1. . Identify them. Look at your goals one at a time and write a list of all the obstacles that might come up. Here is a list of what many of my clients have told me over the years:
lack of time, too overwhelming, people, no motivation, lack of knowledge, fear of success, fear of failure, fear of public speaking, afraid to step out of comfort zone, not enough focus, procrastination, negative mindset, and too tired.

2. After you have your list, you will create a game plan for each obstacle.

Below are a list of things that have helped my clients with their obstacles (the game plan):

** Break your goal into small steps

** Seek support or advice from someone who has already accomplished your goal

** Visualize your goal as if you have already accomplished it every time you feel afraid

** Use Mel Robbin’s 5 second rule when you lack motivation

** Go online or to a library to get the necessary education to accomplish the task. (There are so many free resources this one, Khan Academy)

** Find ways to conserve time so that you can accomplish your goal. (Example: maybe you can work on your goal while cooking dinner or getting ready in the morning or perhaps take 20 minutes from social media or TV time)

**Listen to something motivational every day

** If people aren’t supportive, don’t tell them your goals and dreams

 **Stop listening to negative people

**Believe in yourself or if you can’t, then fake it for now

**When you want to procrastinate, take one little step, even if the step only takes one minute

** If you don’t have enough focus, look at your goals and just pick one for now and put all your focus there.

You can overcome your obstacles by doing the above and remember everyone has them, but only you can let them stop you.

You are the architect of your life, so make it the way you want.

Take today to list all your obstacles and ways to overcome them.

There is a spot on the Life Blueprint Planner (Goal Planning Worksheet) for listing and overcoming your obstacles.

Here’s To your success,
Karen Brueggeman

www.KarenBrueggeman.com

P.S.
For encouragement and support. Feel free to join Step by Step Goal Setting Facebook group.

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If you would like your own copy of the Life Blueprint Planner (digital or physical copy), Please visit: www.KarenBrueggeman.com