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Struggling to Make Changes? 2 Things You Need to Know!

Is there anything you’d like to do differently in your life? Is there anything you’d like to stop doing or start doing? Is there something you’ve wanted to do for a while, but just can’t seem to accomplish?

Did you know your mindset might be the problem?

In this article, we’ll explore two mindset factors that determine how easy or challenging it is for you to initiate and sustain positive change. You’ll also learn some tips to work with your current mindset to make change easier.

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Let’s begin with a definition of what a mindset is. According to Professor Derek D. Rucker, PhD:

“Mindsets can be thought of as psychological orientations that shape how we view the world around us.” (p.85, IDEA Fitness Journal, July-August 2016)

So, in the context of “change,” a mindset is the way that we look at change. It’s our perspective on what change means to us. It turns out there are two important mindset factors:

1. Does your mindset favor Promotion or Prevention?

2. Is your mindset Fixed or Growth-oriented?

Let’s explore how these influence your ability to make changes. Keep in mind that most of us fall somewhere between the two ends of these continuums. Yet, it’s important to know what side you lean toward, so you can use this knowledge to help you move forward.

First, a Promotion mindset is geared toward “ideals and gains,” while a Prevention mindset is focused on avoiding a specific outcome. As you assess why you are struggling with making a change, ask yourself:

“Am I more motivated by what I want to gain or by what I want to avoid?”

For example, do you want to meditate to gain a sense of peace and the positive benefits associated with that or to avoid the feeling of being stressed and the negative consequences of that? Studies show that most people are more risk-adverse than they are gain-seeking.

There’s no right or wrong answer here. Knowing your personal mindset bias will simply help you know the best way to motivate yourself. Some people work better by focusing on pursuing “the carrot,” others by avoiding “the stick.”

If you are Promotion-oriented, you’ll want to focus on all the good things you’ll gain by adopting a certain behavior. You also may want to give yourself rewards for making positive steps forward.

If you are more Prevention-oriented you’ll want to gather evidence for how your new behavior will help you avoid bad consequences. And, you might work best by taking away privileges if you don’t follow through on your good intentions.

Also, it’s important to know that Promotion-oriented folks are often good at initiating change, but not as good at maintaining their new behaviors. While, on the other hand, Prevention-oriented folks are better at sticking with something once they’ve got it going, because they don’t want to lose what they’ve got.

Which way do you lean?

Once you have a feel for your tendency on the Promotion-Prevention scale, you can assess your tendency on the Fixed/Growth scale. “People with a Growth mindset see the world as changeable, while people with a Fixed mindset see it as unchangeable.” (p.87, “What is Mindset Training,” IDEA Fitness Journal, July-August 2016).

You can ask yourself: Do I believe that things are more fixed or more subject to change?

For example, do you routinely comment on how things never seem to change? Do you like things to stay the same?

Or do you routinely notice that everything is always changing? Do you like the variety of change?

Again, there are no right or wrong answers. These are just perceptual biases that color how you relate to change. Once you know your tendency, you can work with it to your advantage.

If you are someone who notices how things always stay the same or you like it when they do, you will likely doubt that you can make a change or fear it. So, it will be important for you to prove to yourself that change is both possible and beneficial.

A good strategy for you will be to take small incremental steps and notice things changing for the better little by little. This will build your belief in the fact that change is possible and that it’s a good thing.

In our meditation example, it would probably be best for you to start with short meditation sessions and notice the small changes in how you feel after these sessions. Then, you can gradually increase your commitment as you start to see positive results.

If you are more Growth-oriented, it will be easier for you to initiate changes. Yet, it may be harder for you to stick with things, because you are likely to always be onto the next new thing. So, to stick with something, you’ll want to notice how sticking with your new behavior enables you to go deeper and keep growing.

Again, with our meditation example, as a Growth-oriented person you would benefit from doing longer sessions in which you go really deep and experience a profound shift in perception to motivate you to stick with it.

Are you getting a feel for how you can work best with your mindset? Based on your tendencies toward Promotion/Prevention and Fixed/Growth mindsets, what are your best strategies toward making the changes you desire?

Remember that different strategies work best for different people—and what’s most important is to discover what works well for you.

Enjoy your practice!

-Kevin Schoeninger
The Mind-Body Training Company

P.S. If you’ve gained more awareness about your mindset, but are still struggling with inner resistance, you may have subconscious blocks to be cleared. Check out The Core Energy Technique to release any limiting thoughts, feelings, and beliefs.

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Avoiding This May Hurt You

If you feel pain or discomfort, it’s natural to want to get rid of it as quickly as possible. You could cover it over with pain-killers, or distract yourself by focusing on something else, or try to ignore it altogether. However, this avoidant approach may end up hurting you even more. Here’s why:

Your body is a phenomenally intelligent system. Pain and discomfort are signals. They are trying to tell you something. They are giving you critical information on the current state of health and well-being in your body. They are also clues to more subtle guidance, such as the fact that you are doing things that are taking you away from your authentic path.

I have a story about that from my own life. Many years ago, I had stepped away from the training/coaching/writing work that I’ve done most of my life. I just needed a break. I got a job as a sales manager for a music distribution company. The job itself was fine. I actually liked most of what I was doing, but deep down inside, I knew that it wasn’t “What I am here to do.”

Less than a year into the job, I had a sudden onset of unbearable pain behind my left shoulder. The pain was excruciating and I couldn’t relieve it by moving or stretching. The only other pain I ever had like that was from appendicitis. If any of you have had that, you’ll know it’s like a knife in your gut. When you get that pain, there’s no doubt that you’re going to the hospital–right now. It’s a pain you can’t ignore.

My back/shoulder pain was excruciating like that, except that there was no obvious cause. It was clearly muscle-nerve related, but no massage, acupuncture, chiropractic, stretching, or painkillers could touch it. It got to the point where I couldn’t find a comfortable sitting or lying position. I didn’t really sleep for seven weeks. At the end of seven weeks, I had an insight: I had to leave my job and get back to my life’s work, mind-body training and writing. When I got that insight and made that decision, the pain began to release.

The purpose of pain or discomfort is to give you a message. That message could be the need for medical treatment. It could be signaling your need to make a behavioral change, like eating better, exercising more, or doing something to reduce stress, like meditating. It could be giving you information about how you are managing your work or your relationships. It could be telling you that you need to take an honest look at your choices, so that you come into alignment with your authentic path.

Listen to the wisdom in your body. It’s an amazing resource of inner guidance.

Enjoy your practice,

Kevin

Kevin Schoeninger

P.S. The Holistic Fitness Training Program gives you step-by-step guidance to care for your body and access your inner body awareness.

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Why Thinking Positive FAILS (and what to do about it)

The “law of attraction” gurus tell us that being able
to control your thoughts is EVERYTHING … But what
if there was an easier way?

 

Let me ask you:

 

Have you ever felt stuck … and no matter how hard
you TRIED to think positive, it just didn’t work?

You’re not the only one 🙂

Changing your life is NOT simply a case of slapping
a “happy face” sticker on top of everything. If it
were that easy, everybody would be thin, healthy and
rich… And there would be no disease on the planet.

 

So What’s Really Going On Here?

 

In my experience, thinking is only ONE DIMENSION of
our being. There are dimensions besides the brain,
the mind, visualizing and thinking… and they are just
as powerful as the mind (if not more so).

This explains why we often get pulled back into our
old negative patterns. Over time, the old energies
that keep us stuck get locked into our bodies… And the
process is so subtle we often don’t even realize it.

Despite our best efforts to “think positive”, the weight
of the old patterns keeps holding us back from the life of
health, abundance and happiness we deserve.

 

So What’s The Answer?

 

You need a practice that addresses and clears ALL
aspects of your being, not just the mind. Our Core
Energy Meditation program can help you do this in as
little as 20 minutes per day. Read about it here:

http://EnergyMeditationSecrets.com/report

Kevin’s approach draws on new scientific research and
nearly 30 years of personal practice and teaching.

In short, Kevin’s system works by balancing all three
major energy centers in the body — the Mind Center,
The Heart and The Body Center.

 

Why Is That Important?

 

Well, before he developed Core Energy Meditation,
Kevin studied many different systems of meditation and
personal growth. He found that each system provided
an important piece of the puzzle, but not the whole
picture he was looking for.

Over the years, Kevin began putting all the pieces
together into a short 20 minute practice. When you
practice Core Energy Meditation, you learn how to
shift into what Kevin calls the “Core Energy State”…

This is a state where you feel totally happy and
peaceful and completely freeof all attachment. Kevin
describes this experience in detail on this web site:

http://EnergyMeditationSecrets.com/report

Although Kevin has been teaching and refining Core
Energy Meditation for years, it’s only been released
to the public recently. Here’s what one recent student
had to say:

“I started Core Energy Meditation because life was
feeling a bit sluggish, nothing much was really happening,
and I was stuck in a rut with OCD, and a tendency to get
wrapped up in negative thoughts, despite knowing better
and knowing that they were irrational, and knowing that
I create my reality.

The recordings have helped me to have a sharper focus and
to see things as they really are. I can remove myself from
negative thoughts and emotions now and see them objectively,
without repeating the same patterns of doubt and negativity
again and again. My self-control is more in alignment with
how I actually see the world now, and I had been looking for
something to help me with this for quite some time!

At this point, I can keep moving forwards effectively. I am
a lot calmer and have more energy! I am looking forward to
continuing this journey and living life intentionally.”

Thanks!
Kirsty Macrae
London, UK

So if you’re not already using Core Energy Meditation,
then I highly recommend you get it. It really can
change your life when you do a little every day This is
something you can continue practicing and benefiting
from for the rest of your life.

 

Full details here:

 

http://EnergyMeditationSecrets.com/report

Warmly,

Matt Clarkson
The Mind-Body Training Company

P.S. If you want to manifest what you truly want, it’s
ESSENTIAL that you know how to balance your energy systems.
This new program shows you how to do just that in less than
20 minutes a day. I highly recommend it. Go read the full
story and get it here:

http://EnergyMeditationSecrets.com/report

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