(Prefer the full article? Read it here.)
“When a survival pattern continues to come up again and again, that’s your work now.” — Claim Your Power by Mastin Kipp
What’s your work now?
- When I notice I’m getting stuck in repetitive behaviors that aren’t helpful or productive, I read about habits.
- When I feel like I’m becoming increasingly prone to feelings of fear or vulnerability, I read books by Brené Brown or Elizabeth Gilbert (or Mastin Kipp—see above).
- When I’m struggling with business, I do my best to simplify and read things by Jason Fried, Austin Kleon, Derek Sivers (to name a few).
But what about when we don’t recognize (or even see) areas of struggle?
Another quote from the book: “Intense emotion + belief + action = result.”
We feel an emotion → that triggers a belief→ which triggers an action → which ends in a result (often a predictable and well-patterned one).
Survival patterns are often prompted by intense emotion (which are often prompted by fear). Noticing your emotions can help you cut a predictable outcome off at the pass.
If you notice points throughout your week when you feel intense frustration, anger, avoidance, sadness, irritation, etc. (especially if those same emotions keep rearing their ugly heads), that might be your next work.
Stop. Pay attention. Notice. (That will require slowing down … even just briefly. You know who you are.) 🤨