#TrainForLifeEmpowermentCampaign Post 64: REFRAMING - How can reframing improve my relationships and life? Things are not always as they appear. Reframing your thinking requires you to consider new possibilities for yourself, others and situations. For example, have you ever assumed someone felt a certain way about you, only to find out that your assumption was not accurate, or you decided not to try something new because you feared you might fail? Your ability to reframe your thinking can be a valuable tool in these types of situations. If you find yourself questioning a situation or feeling held back from doing something, take a moment and notice your thoughts and feelings so that you don't react in auto pilot mode. Ask yourself, is there another possibility or way of viewing this situation that might change my perspective? Considering alternate possibilities will allow you to see life through a broader lens, will influence your thinking and perhaps even change the way you react and respond to situations in life. Questions to ponder:
1) How can I handle situations when I feel someone important in my life feels negatively towards me? Direct communication with the person may be valuable in order to inquire rather than assume.
2) If I don't try something because I fear the outcome, how can I look at fear differently? Consider looking at fear as an important part of the learning process.
Final thought: Your willingness to consider another person's point of view will lead to more productive conversations, greater understanding and stronger relationships.
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