Welcome! to the Social Anxiety Series: *Your You Problem.
Click on the previous modules to get caught up, if you’re new here:
Fasten your seat belts, guys–The kid gloves are OFF.
VIDEO: Your “You” Problem
The purpose of this series is to challenge you to take steps today towards overcoming social anxiety. If you don’t:
- You will regret being imprisoned by your insecurities
- You will one day wake up and tally up the years, or months, or hours missed in the form of experiences, relationships, professional accolades, athletic pursuits, and maybe even milestones like parenting, because you allowed your mind to imprison you
Here’s the rub:
~You can ALWAYS control your THOUGHTS.
~If you continue to do, think, and act in the same manner, you’ll continue to get the same results.
What to do differently?
Challenge Negative Core Beliefs
Core beliefs are the very essence of how we see ourselves, other people, the world, and the future. They are strongly-held, rigid, and inflexible thought patterns that are maintained by the tendency to focus on information that supports the beliefs and ignores evidence that contradicts it. Such beliefs are often unquestioned and absolutely accepted.
Core beliefs can be found by taking a look at your most common thoughts, and identifying common themes:
- I’m socially awkward
- People laugh at me when I’m in public
- I can’t relax or be myself because I’m always being judged
- I’ll never be successful like so-and-so, so why even try?
Let’s get real. Every thought is a choice.
Your Challenge, Should You Choose to Accept It:
1. Listen to the Overcoming Social Anxiety Guided Visualization Mp3
2. Print the Core Beliefs Challenge Exercise Worksheet <–click the link to download
3. Ask yourself, “If not now, then when?”
What about you?
Got any tips, tricks, or treats to add to the Social Anxiety Toolbox?
If you learned something today, I’d be grateful for a share on Facebook or Twitter
Yours in honesty and mental wellness,
*P.S. A big thank you to Erika Napoletano for the ‘You problem’ reference. I only wish someone would’ve walked up to me years ago and asked if I wanted help fixing my Me problem. Could’ve saved about a decade of anxiety and stress…