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Events Don’t Create Emotions — Your Beliefs Do

Reframing is a way of viewing and experiencing events, ideas, concepts and emotions to find more positive alternatives. Perhaps your thoughts go like this: Meetings at work make you bored. Receiving criticism makes you frustrated. Traffic makes you angry. Talking to people you don’t know at a social or business event makes you nervous.

If you want to change your feelings about a situation, you don’t actually have to change the situation itself (which isn’t always possible), or try to avoid it entirely (which can be detrimental).  Instead, you simply have to change your beliefs about it.

How to Reframe for Resilience

So how do you go about changing your beliefs/perspective about something?

Ask yourself: In what context could this be useful?  What else could this mean?

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This stands for events, plus your response to those events, equals the outcome; the formula is from Jack Canfield.  It’s not what happens to you, but rather what you tell yourself about it that controls how you feel and what you experience.

Instead of letting your ego cause you to perceive every negative situation you encounter as a personal assault and cause you high levels of stress, it’s important to step back and realize that how you deal with bad and often stressful situations can make a huge difference in the outcome.  We all have examples and stories about this – as often it is our own ego that causes us the most anxiety.

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