Saturday, October 06, 2012
Just listened to a great podcast for the fourth time, about continuous improvement.
The idea is that every time we slip up, it's an opportunity to learn and improve for the next time that we're in the experience.
We do a redo in our minds, thinking about how we want to feel, behave, exist in that situation, redoing it, imagining and feeling what it's like to do it the way we dream of being. With practice, we start to engage in those behaviors and feelings because of these rehearsals in our minds.
I can attest to the power of this exercise. It has taken me through my weight release journey in a way that I was unable to do for over 30 years!
Today, while I listened again, I heard Renee talk about the fact that there is no such thing as failure, only feedback. I heard her say this before, but never really took it in. Today I thought about the slip up tracking exercise I engaged in for a few days. I decided to stop doing it because I realized that it was an exercise in which I paid great attention to all the mistakes I made, every moment I made them. It was making me feel really bad. My intentions were positive because I thought it was a way to heighten continuous improvement. But in the practice of doing it, I realized it was too much.
Renee suggests doing one redo a night, before bed. And the emphasis in the redo is on the new behavior, imagining and feeling it in the way you dream! This is a very positive, uplifting practice. The log was not! In fact, it was really bringing me down.
And in keeping with the wise suggestions of Rick Hanson, to see progress, and Phillip Moffitt, to just start over, I'm very grateful to have listened to this part of Renee's podcast again.