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Episode #14

The Power of Questioning Your Thoughts

Many of us go through each day allowing our default thoughts to dominate our thinking. We hold on to these thoughts for dear life and deem them as unquestionable truths. We don’t even think of examining whether or not there’s something that we want to change about them.

This makes it incredibly difficult to change any habit, especially drinking.

Most of you have a thought that holds you back, a thought about what your future will be like without alcohol. This thought is so uncomfortable (and potentially so painful), that you would rather everything stay the same, keeping you stuck.

In this episode, we focus on the importance of questioning your thoughts — the ones that you hold on to as the “truth” — to determine whether or not they are holding you back from achieving your goals. I explain how holding a light to your thoughts and challenging them can help you begin taking small steps toward progress and creating a life that you truly deserve.

What You’ll Discover

The power of observing your thoughts and questioning whether or not they’re true.
My personal experience with holding on to thoughts about drinking.
Why I found it so difficult to listen to my own inner voice.
How you can begin the work of analyzing your thoughts.
How, by using this process, you can begin making changes in your life.

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Transcript

it, and that’s okay. That’s part of this process. I did not snap my fingers one day and all of a sudden decide that the thought that if I stop drinking I’ll never meet guys just wasn’t true. It didn’t work like that. It was a thought that I had to work with. I had to keep questioning, I had to hold it up to the light and see it as potentially not 100% true and look for other examples, look for other ways in which I could chip away at it.

That process, just your willingness to be open to look at what is that fear, that thought you have that is keeping you stuck, that is keeping you from changing your habit, that is keeping you from taking a step forward, just looking at it and examining it and questioning it is such powerful work. And I will tell you that at some point, you may hit upon an alternative thought that is enough for you to take a small step forward and that is all you need. You need to take one small step forward so that you can take the next small step forward, but you cannot make any progress, you cannot make any change if you are stuck standing on that ledge, afraid to move at all.

Before I go, I want to share with you a free resource that I put together. If you are struggling to change your drinking, I’ve created a worksheet called Your Complete Picture, that I promise will radically change your perspective. I always tell people, “If you only ever do one exercise about your drinking, do this one.” It’s that powerful. It is the exercise that changed everything for me. You can go to www.rachelhart.com/picture to download it now.

Alright, that’s it everybody. I’d love to hear what you thought about this episode, you can always email me at podcast@rachelhart.com with feedback, questions or topics that you would like to see me cover in the future, and thanks for listening. And if you’re in San Francisco, check out the Tactile Dome, it’s amazing! I loved it. Alright, bye everybody.

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