Patterns of Mindset
** circular patterns in our mind**
While having a discussion in a blog exchange with another member, we began to discuss the issue of how mindset -- particularly the mindset that causes procrastination -- can affect success.
Some comments I made are repeated below with permission of the orginal blogger.
1 -- There are a lot of people who don't trouble to question themselves. They don't even realize that the patterns they adopt here at WA are holding them back.
One can see these patterns develop as you read across blog posts from the people you are following.
Unfortunately I see it all the time, but if they are not ready for help, they won't ask questions, they will feel comfortable in their comfort zone, and won't succeed.
2 -- Being successful means one is free enough to leave any comfort zone at any time!
If people want to, they can go back and read their own posts to look for clues about some of their subconscious patterns.
Mindfulness in Practice
3 -- Here's one key practice (called mindfulness) -- when you start feeling like you want to procrastinate, stop, and observe your thought patterns and/or emotional patterns that arise, which are pushing you in that direction.
Something in your ego is trying to protect you from something. We don't know what it is, and it doesn't matter anymore. You don't need protected anymore. Your ego is just acting like a little inner robot doing what it has programmed itself to do.
So, do not act upon any of those thoughts or emotional impulses.
Simply let them pass through you -- and see what happens.
You'll find out some things :) and it may be a wild ride.
I can't predict where it will take you, but whatever you release from this, will now be consciously known to you, will no longer be subconscious and you'll more easily identify the pattern and dissolve it.
4 -- The correction process is self-therapeutic through the practice of mindfulness.
Simply described, it's a matter of focusing awareness on the habit one doesn't want in order to reveal the subconscious structure that created the habit. Then, and possibly concurrently, one can create a new desired habit.
Homeostatic Process Change
5 - Because it's a homeostatic process being changed, there will be resistance, but the mind/ego cannot resist the force of one's own conscious awareness because of its absolute power. I'll explain this in more detail in my training/blogs.
Tricking the Ego?
6 -- Actually, if you want to trick your ego like that, there is a technique called 'The five-second rule' invented by Mel Robbins. There is a book about it, designed to defeat procrastination.
Many self-help books are designed to put in new habits but not deal with the old habits that are stopping people from putting the new habits in effectively. One has to deal with the old habit effectively as well!
The technique (of Mindfulness) I've described is not about tricking the ego.
It's more about capturing your ego in the act of tricking you, shining the light of truth on it, and dissolving it with the laser beam of your consciousness. Note -- the ego won't stick around to fry like a vampire in the sunlight. It will pop up again, perhaps with a different technique. But each time you catch it, you weaken it.
That is dealing with the old pattern.
7 -- The new pattern is something one has you established that they want. In the case of procrastination, it might be as simple as thinking over and over: 'just do it' and also taking the action.
You decide that new pattern you want, whatever it is, and focus your attention (consciousness) on that habit and begin to embed it in your mind.