Reframing For A Winning Mind Set
Our emotions are dramatically affected by the meaning we give to our experiences, and the meaning we give to any experience is shaped by the lens or filter through which we perceive it.
The quote from Dale Turner is a wonderful example of the power of reframing.
Whereas the other soldiers all were afraid of Goliath's mammoth presence, David saw the situation in another, entirely different way. His frame of reference enabled him to feel powerful instead of petrified.
What Is Reframing?
Reframing is an invaluable tool for creating a Winning Mind set. It gives you the opportunity to see things in different, more empowering perspectives.
Research has been done with self-rated pessimists and optimists. Both groups of people were given a series of tasks to perform which could be easily measured.
When they completed the work, both groups were scored, and the researchers found that both performed equally, completing approximately 75% of the tasks correctly.
When asked how they thought they did on the various tasks, the pessimists were much more accurate. The optimists were off by a much higher degree, and consistently rated themselves as doing better than they actually did.
What I found interesting, though, is that when asked if they would like to try again to improve their scores, the optimists were much more likely to want to try again.
Because they thought they did better, they were more motivated to keep going. The pessimists, on the other hand, felt that they hadn't done that well (from their frame of mind), and were much less motivated to repeat the task.
How Can You Use This?
What exactly is reframing? It's just a question, really. You might say it's a better quality question. How, then, can you reframe a situation? Easy.
All that you have to do is ask different questions.
Consider the following:
- How might this be seen in a positive way?
- How can I use this constructively?
- What is actually good about this that I may be overlooking?
- In what ways does this get me closer to my goal?
- What did I learn from this that I could use in the future?
- What did I learn about myself?
- What lesson can I take from this?
- How will this experience make me better?
every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.
The Bottom Line
Whatever is expressed is impressed. Whatever you say to yourself, with emotion, generates thoughts, ideas and behaviors consistent with those words. Utilize the power of your self-talk; don't allow it to manipulate you.
Have an incredible week!
Originally published: http://thewinningmindset.com/wms29.html