Mental blocks are extremely unhelpful, especially during critical situations. It can also be quite annoying because it can come unexpectedly. It is important to identify you are experiencing mental blocks so that you are able to do things to avoid and prevent it.
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So how do you identify mental blocks?
- Choose a task to do that is related to projects that you are doing or goals that you are working towards.
- Set a timer for 15 minutes.
- Start working on your chosen task. Take note of moments where you hesitate, slow down, sigh, or do something that isn’t related to the task.
- Listen to your thoughts. The things that distract you and do not allow you to focus or concentrate is your mental block. The more you identify what to look out for the more you are aware that it is what draws you away from what you are supposed to be thinking or doing.
Here are some of the common mental blocks and some tips on how to get over a mental block:
Mental blocks can come from having self-doubt. It may come from not thinking you are not good enough for the task or that you can’t do it. Mental blocks stem from fear. Maybe you are afraid to make mistakes or to be embarrassed. If this happens to you, remember that self-doubt is something we build in our brain and is really just irrational. Do not jump into conclusions and just do what you have to do. Do your best and focus on the positive. Focus on self-motivation instead of bringing yourself down.
Mental blocks caused by indecision means you put too much value on each decision. This can make you feel anxious about making the “right decision”. There are a lot of decision making tips out there that you can apply in your life to help you make decisions faster and not be anxious when faced with decisions.
3. Fixed Mindset
Do not limit yourself to what you only know and to what you know you can do. We all are still learning more and more things every day. It is like you’re wearing blinders for horses when you have a closed mind. Widen your horizon and try new things. Push yourself in order to grow. Do not be afraid to make mistakes and experience new things so that you are pushed out of your comfort zone.
Comparing yourself to other people can cause you not to believe in yourself. Which can result in underperforming. Comparison can also make you feel stressed, overwhelmed, and anxious that’s why it can lead to mental blocks. Just remember that at the end of the day there is no reason to compare yourself or your work to others. Each has his or her own capabilities. If you are not where you want to be then make it your inspiration instead to strive and persevere more.
Nothing in this world is ever certain and that’s the only certain thing in this world. Focus on the now. It will help you become more present and think better in critical situations.