SNAP OUT OF IT!

SNAP OUT OF IT!
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"Nothing could be more crippling to a person's ability to take action than learned helplessness; it is the primary obstacle that prevents us from changing our lives or taking action to help other people change theirs."
-Tony Robbins
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Snap your fingers ... hear the click?
That's how fast you can snap out of a negative mindset.
Your voice is your choice; assume responsibility for it.
Learned helplessness can be replaced with learned hopefulness in the time it takes you to snap your fingers. Let's get after it and work on some positive mental sit-ups!
We'll start with five:
1) SNAP
Every time you're alerted to a negative thought, snap your fingers and draw yourself into a conscious awareness of it.
Example:
-Sally tells herself she's fat. SNAP!
-Steve tells himself he's unsuccessful. SNAP!
-Laura tells herself she's stupid. SNAP!
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2) DOUBLE SNAP
Counteract a negative thought with its positive opposite.
Change your tone with yourself and introduce yourself to a new vocabulary. Reinforce positive thoughts by asserting them in "doubles."
Do a literal double snap with your fingers and give yourself a pat on the back once you've declared positives. Learned hopefulness is a rewarding and energizing practice.
Example:
+Sally tells herself she's trim. SNAP. SNAP!!
+Steve tells himself he's successful.
SNAP. SNAP!!
+Laura tells herself she's intelligent.
SNAP. SNAP!!
A positive message delivers a positive "snapshot" to the mind which is viewed continually. Mindsets are reinforced (positive and negative) through habitual thought strains.
Take advantage of this knowledge and apply double healthy doses to yourself!
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3) STIMULI
Assess the stimuli which feeds the voice of negativity in order to counteract it effectively. This is an extremely helpful and vital activity in learning hopefulness.
Examples:
-Sally finds that daily interaction with an indulging and overweight coworker contributes to a feeling of being fat. She reaches for another bag of chips. SNAP!
-Steve witnesses the promotion of yet "another" coworker employed in only half the time and finds himself feeling unsuccessful on account of it. He hangs his head and touts the look of the unconfident. SNAP!
-Laura works in a fast-food joint and feels less than intelligent each morning as she arrives to a job behind the counter. She feeds herself negative and "stupid" thoughts supporting the idea she has no other vocational options. SNAP!
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4) SNAP THE STIMULI
 Immerse yourself in activities which speak to the opposite of the negative stimuli.
Engagement of activity is paramount to success here and you'll find this practice energizing, provoking, and rewarding.
Example:
+Sally begins to interact with a health conscious individual at work and even asks for some health tips. She replaces the bag of chips with a walk around the block and engages in a potentially new relationship as a result. Triple snap on the stimuli.
SNAP. SNAP. SNAP!!!
+Steve notices that obvious "sale spurs" mark the men receiving promotions. He invites a promoted salesman out to lunch and picks his brain on savy, strategy, and sales ideas. He implements one new practice, adjusts his new tie in the morning, and likes what he sees in the mirror the next morning. Perry becomes a valuable friend. Triple on the stimuli.
SNAP. SNAP. SNAP!!!
+Laura is alerted to new employment options available and she applies for them. She secures herself with a new vocation in the health care field and feels supremely gratified in caring for others. Laura's new vocation now provides her with an enablement, empowerment, and education that she was previously desirous of.
SNAP. SNAP. SNAP!!!
Zap negative stimuli with "SNAP" solutions.
Replace negatives with positives in active ways!
SNAP. SNAP. SNAP!!!
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5) SNAP ATTACH
Make it your goal to contribute positive "snaps" to others on a continual basis and congratulate others on their success!
+Gift Sally with a State Park sticker and encourage movement and positive lifestyle. Tell her she looks great and encourage her to keep doing whatever it is she's doing!
+Take Steve out for lunch and inquire about his new sales pitch. Congratulate him on a recent success and work to intersect him with a new potential client.
+Boost Laura's confidence level another notch and inspire her with a book or magazine subscription that further inspires and empowers her.
Be a positive "SNAP" attachment to others!
Snap your fingers ... hear the click?
You're just one snap away from learned hopefulness.
SNAP!
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