Like a broken record… or an endless audio loop. Those thoughts that just keep turning in your mind. Okay, in MY mind. But I bet it happens to you, too.
Let’s say, hypothetically of course, that I get up to 2 emails. One is complimentary, thanking me for resources, books, podcasts… things like that. Then there is another email, critical and harsh, telling me how useless my info was.
I read them both and head off to walk my dog.
Do you think I ponder that kind one? Or keep looping back to that unkind one?
Yep, you guessed it. And I bet you guessed it because it happens to you, too.
And that thought… it isn’t just a passing thought. No. I find my body tense up, the anger/hurt churning in my gut.
The other day, I was out for my morning walk with my sidekick, Ziggy (our silver lab). We were about half-way through and I realized my palms were sweaty, tightly gripping the leash (which is a waist leash, so I don’t even need to be holding it!). My chest is tight, my stomach is tight. I ask myself, “why am I ready for a fight?” Nothing had happened.
Except a thought I was having… not just having… looping. It was about an experience that happened 3 decades ago. One I don’t typically think about. But today, it popped in my head and I was stuck in a loop. Looping on an old thought that was making me feel a certain way in the present.
I dropped back and followed my own little routine when I find myself looping.
You can’t stop the loops from starting. But you can decide how long you run the loops.
Let’s talk about how to stop those pesky loops. Podcast below.