In fitness, we talk about having mobility - being able to move our joints and body through different ranges of motion to suit everyday activity. If you concentrate too much on one aspect of fitness, like developing strength or endurance, typically you’ll limit the mobility you have around a joint, meaning you’ll be able to move less freely and the muscles become less responsive. It’s the same in your mind - if you repeatedly reinforce unhelpful thinking, you strengthen the brain’s neural pathways making it harder to change.
We tell ourselves the same inaccurate stories over and over again because they’re easier to digest and keep us comfortable in the status quo. After about 21-30 days of forming new habits, you begin to entrench behaviors, limiting beliefs and mental roadblocks that fester to the point we grind to a halt. Sound familiar?
The stories act as excuses to not do anything differently than we have in the past. Common phrases such as “oh yeah, that doesn’t work for me”, or “I’ll believe it when I see it” are examples of being in denial that change needs to take place. It’s hard to clear out old thinking to gain mobility because most of those thoughts have been entrenched since around age 6 when the neural pathways in our brain are reaching full development.
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