We’ve explored limiting beliefs and assumptions as the first two of the Big 4 energy blocks. This month let’s look at the third, interpretations.
When you interpret something, you create an opinion about an event, situation, or experience. In essence, you create an explanation and then look for evidence to support its validity. When you make an interpretation, you don’t even see that other explanations exist; however, an interpretation often represents only one viewpoint among the many possibilities.
Your interpretations hold a strong energetic charge which affects your emotions and actions. If you believe your viewpoint of a particular situation is the only explanation, you will not be open to another perspective, and a significant amount of time and resources could be wasted heading off in the wrong direction.
Picture this scenario: You arrive at work, and your boss barely nods hello, going into her office and closing the door. If your knee-jerk reaction is to assume your boss is angry with you, you may spend the morning wondering what you did to cause this reaction. By being distracted, your work and productivity could be hindered, and, additionally, and you may be hesitant to approach her with the great idea you came up with on the way to work.
As with assumptions, interpretations are personal and somewhat difficult to challenge and release. Holding on to them may seem like the safe thing to do, as questioning them can move you into uncharted territory; however, challenging your interpretations opens you up to a world of possibilities.
Typical interpretations may sound like this:
~ He doesn’t like me.
~ She thinks I’m incompetent.
~ They don’t want to follow orders.
~ My son is just not interested in doing his homework.
Interpretations can be directly challenged by asking: “What’s another way to look at this?” By accepting that there are other ways to approach a particular situation, the power of your interpretation lessens. Step back for a moment and really try to imagine what another individual’s perspective of the circumstance might be, or ask for someone else’s opinion on a difficult situation. Once you begin to implement these practices, you can break existing paradigms and open pathways for more successful solutions.
In the example of the boss above, perhaps the reason she barely acknowledged you was that she just received a disturbing phone call about a family member, or perhaps she had been given a last-minute deadline. There are many possible explanations. What an opportunity you could miss if you decided not to present your great idea based on your false interpretation.
This month, before you “jump to conclusions” and believe the first “story” that comes to mind, consider other possibilities that could lead you to new, empowering choices and actions.
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