POWER PLAY #22 Interrupt Poor Mental Patterns
Sometimes when you’re working on a computer, things start to go haywire. It can slow down or stop functioning altogether. When this happens, it’s impossible to get any work done, because the machine just can’t perform. What’s the magical fix? Often, it’s as simple as a reboot: everything that was hampering the computer’s performance has been shut down, and you have a fresh start.
Did you know that you can reboot your own mental system when it’s not performing? There are many ways to do this, such as stopping whatever you’re doing and jumping up and down, or shouting out “Yes!” or just taking a deep, clearing breath. What all of them have in common is that you make a radical physical or mental shift.
Just observe children to see how powerful this is. Once, when I was outside watching my son play, he fell and bumped his knee. Like most two-year-olds with a fresh bruise and a scrape, he began to cry. I went and picked him up, giving him a hug, but he continued to cry. I could see that he wasn’t hurt physically as much as he was hurt emotionally, so I decided to interrupt his emotional pattern. To do this, I quickly turned and pointed in the distance, shouting, “Look, a bird!” This startled him, and he quickly turned to look, sniffling, asking where I’d seen the bird. So I looked for it with him, and at that point the tears stopped altogether. He had totally forgotten about his knee. His pattern of pain, fear, and crying was completely interrupted.
I use this on myself, too, when I notice any thought or emotion that I don’t want to have, especially before a presentation. No, I wouldn’t stand in the middle of a room and start jumping up and
down in front of an audience, but if I need to I’ll leave the room and go around the corner, and, yes, start jumping up and down to interrupt my pattern. I don’t let any thoughts or emotions exist in me that could hurt my performance, and neither should you.