What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of The Twilight Zone?
The Twilight Zone can be described as a mental state between reality and fantasy. It is characterized by ambiguity, fear, uncertainty, and duress.
As we continue our series of living during uncertain times, I want to share a Mindset Hack with you that I was reminded of while writing this blog series.
At the onset of this series, I originally entitled it: Walking Through The Twilight Zone with Confidence.
Reason over Feelings
I chose that title because it certainly FEELS like we are living in The Twilight Zone. Unbeknownst to me, I allowed my feelings to influence my reasoning.
However, saying it out loud, made me cringe. I thought to myself,
“Rita, how in the world are you going to encourage and empower anyone when you are putting them smack dab in the middle of The Twilight Zone?”
So I quickly ditched the ominous-sounding title. This allowed me the opportunity to share a real-life example of a powerful Mindset Hack with you.
We are not going to walk through The Twilight Zone in this series; we are going to intentionally Walk Through the Storm with Confidence.
By replacing Twilight Zone with Storm, we have automatically neutralized our current circumstances making them less daunting.
This Mindset Hack is a vital tool that allows you to downgrade any situation you’re in; minimizing the severity of the power it has over your reasoning.
By neutralizing your thoughts, you can lessen any destructive power they have over you.
Neutralizing empowers you to escape being overwhelmed so that you can be proactive in finding a way through the situation. Once you lessen some of the strength of the problem, it becomes more manageable; something your brain can more easily handle
Maximum Sustained Winds
Since visual images leave impressions in your long-term memory, I like to think of neutralizing as analogous to meteorologists downgrading a hurricane. This provides a powerful image for my brain when I’m feeling overwhelmed.
The scale that meteorologists use to categorize a hurricane’s severity is based largely in part on the maximum sustained winds of the hurricane.
What are Some Sustained Winds You Can Learn to Neutralize?
- Twilight Zone versus Storm
- Horrible versus Difficult
- Problem versus Challenge
- Overwhelm versus Curious
How to Neutralize
The very first thing to do to lessen the sustained winds is to pause and put yourself in a neutral position; without resistance, judgment, or negative influencing emotions.
Visualize a hurricane downgrading to a tropical storm.
From this grounded neutral position, be curious; ask yourself questions.
- What is something you are magnifying in your current situation that you could neutralize?
- What would neutralizing this circumstance give you?
- What is one thing you can be grateful for in this situation?
- What will the learning opportunity of this challenge/storm give you?
Category 5 to a Tropical Storm
Although experiencing a storm isn’t exactly a walk in the park, it is far less daunting than living life in the Twilight Zone where everything FEELS scary and out of your control.
As you’ve learned today, there are things you can intentionally do to downgrade the sustained winds thus minimizing the impact of the storms in your life.
Remind yourself daily:
No storm lasts forever.
No season in time is wasted.
When the wind subsides and the rain stops, the reward waiting for you is a rainbow filled with:
New Levels of Growth,
Make it a STRONG day,
Always remember – Nothing is Impossible
I have created this anti-anxiety and anti-stress tool kit, proven by science, to help you reduce anxiety and stress. I guarantee you that if you implement some of these ideas and use these tools; you will navigate this uncertainty boat like a highly skilled Captain.