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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Guilt - 3 Tips on Using Prevention to Overcoming Psychological Effects of Guilt - Tip #2

Let's look at Tip #2 on Using Prevention to Overcoming Psychological Effects of Guilt

Tip #2 - Change your perspective on the situation

The way you choose to look at your situation could either push you further into guilt or lift you up to a more positive plane.

Change the way you look at your mistakes. Instead of beating up on yourself for the wrongs you did, search for the hidden gems in them.

What have you learned from this experience?

Let's say you've made a wrong decision in your business or you've fallen back into a bad habit, what can you learn from this? Look closely and ask within, "What do I need to know? What am I not seeing here? Clear my eyes that I may see what's important."

What have you learned about yourself?

Our mistakes show us where we are in the growth process. It can show us our inner strength in certain areas and our weakness in others. A baby learning to walk realizes that he/she needs to learn the art of balancing to avoid falling over. This is a natural process of self-discovery. So, instead of feeling guilty about 'falling' into bad habits again or making a mistake, look for what you can learn about yourself.

What can you change about the way you're thinking right now?

What are the thought patterns that are causing you to get caught up in the feelings of guilt? Observation of your thinking patterns can reveal this so you can shift your thinking to create a more positive mindset. When we're not alert to what's going on inside our minds and our emotions that's the time when we go of course in our most vulnerable moment.

What can you teach others from this?

The lessons you learned can be passed on to others so they too will benefit from your experience. Whether it's your children, your partner, friends or others you meet along the way, your experience can add tremendous value in making a difference in someone else's life.

Use the situation that drew you into feeling guilt and turn them into a positive outcome.

Look out tomorrow for Tip #3.

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