In Session 8 of this Understanding and Evolving Your Psychology series we're going to be talking about your psychological immune system in the form of your beliefs. Our beliefs can serve as the bedrock of our calling as change agents, but they can also get in our way.
Why do your beliefs matter so much? Because they are connected to so many other aspects of your psychological system—and when you get focused on your beliefs you get leverage to better support your joy and your impact across all the areas of your life.
In this video and the accompanying worksheet we’re going to work on identifying and overcoming your most consequential negative beliefs. How much more joy and impact would you have in your life if you found a way to let go of some of the beliefs that have been holding you back? It’s time to find out!
The worksheet begins by walking you through the exercise of brainstorming all the things you can think of that you believe. Don’t worry about whether these beliefs are good, bad or indifferent. Just focus in this first step on capturing as much as you can of your operating belief system. It can be helpful to do this brainstorming by categories:
--Beliefs about myself and my inner world: my capacities, patterns of thinking, feeling and acting, my strengths and weaknesses:
For example: Which of your personal qualities do you believe have been the greatest contributors to your success in life? What do you believe other people see as your most attractive quality? Your least attractive quality?
--Beliefs about how the world works:
For example: What do you believe about what it takes to get ahead in life—are effort and hard work generally rewarded? What do you believe about human nature—can you generally trust other people to do the right thing and live up to their word?
-Beliefs about my vision for making the world a better place, and what it will take to achieve success:
Now, looking through all the beliefs you’ve listed above, sort them into two categories: positive and negative. Put a “+” next to any belief that makes it easier for you to experience the positive feelings you want more of in your life. Put a “-“ next to any belief makes it easier for you to experience more of the negative feelings that you want less of in your life.
Focusing on the negative beliefs you’ve identified in the brainstorming exercise, use the following question prompts to fill in the chart on the final page of the worksheet.
Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey's book Immunity to Change is a great resource for digging even deeper on your limiting beliefs, including the exercise of producing an immunity map. For more on this check out the video and worksheets on creating your own immunity map in your members area. And if you have already set up a free account to access to your member's area, you can sign up here.
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