Lesson #3: Putting it into practice

Posted on May 11, 2012

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This is a pretty mountain, isn’t it? That’s because it was created by nature. The other kinds of mountains, the scary kind that your mind creates, aren’t so nice. 

As you go throughout your week, watch how your mind will take one, small thing and snowball it into something much bigger than it deserves to be.

It’s kind of difficult to catch this as it’s happening so don’t worry too much if you don’t notice something until a molehill becomes a mountain. The mind thinks very quickly. Once you do notice your mind spinning a huge story, sometimes it’s helpful to go back and see where it all started.

{For example: When I didn’t get the job I was hoping for, my mind took this one thing and then snowballed it into a story about how I would soon be homeless}

or…

{When the guy I liked didn’t call me back my mind took this one thing and then changed it into a diatribe about my inevitable spinsterhood}

or…

{When I got on the scale this morning and realized I had gained one pound, my mind took this small thing and told me that my entire get fit plan was doomed}.

You get the point. The mind, fueled by lizard fear, loves to make mountains out of mole hills. 

Personally, I rarely catch my mind before its spun some big, awful tale. So I use my Body Compass to catch it when it happens. Whenever I feel crappy, I do a mental inventory of my most recent thoughts. From there, it’s usually easy to see how one negative thought has been turned into a huge, horror story. 

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