Unearthing the Truth
Your core beliefs are unconscious – you grew up with them and developed them in response to your environment. So, how can you discover what you believe about yourself? Mindfulness Muse recommends a technique called laddering down. This involves a series of questions to uncover the core belief that affects your leadership and colours how you see the world. It can also help you reclaim power in a situation where you feel powerless.
Begin with a strong statement about any important area of your life – money, health, relationships, work, managers or jobs. Then make referring statements to unearth its meaning. Once you find your belief, you can examine if it is serving you and if that is the story you want to tell yourself. If you change that story, you will change your belief, and hence, your behavior.
Strong Statement: I have no control over my workday.
Questions to ladder down:
At this point, you may say – I’ll be relieved – in which case you should re-examine why you are there.
Or you may say - It means I am incompetent. It means no one will respect me. I means I must please others to be worthy - I am unworthy unless I please other people all the time.
Ask yourself if that is true, and if that is the story you want to tell yourself.
If you believe your job is to avoid getting blamed and keep everything the way it is because you are comfortable that way, that will be a big revelation for you to work on.
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