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Now Consider This Personal Growth Tool

Straight from an NLP master practitioner.

Most of us today are trying to define what ‘normal’ is. But let’s be honest. This has nothing to do with the ongoing pandemic. The world around us has changed drastically – even before coronavirus struck – but have we kept up with the changes?

We’re probably grateful to the pandemic for allowing us to voice our mental health struggles. Now, why do we need a pandemic to allow us to say, “I’m probably confused?” Maybe because it is suddenly more socially acceptable? And talking about our mental health previously was not? Is this going to change in the near future? Are we still going to address our mental health problems post-pandemic?

Our struggles don’t need to be big or small, but being mindful of where we stand with our mental health is the key. How does one really be mindful about the constantly changing normal? Did we skip this life lesson while chasing our dreams? Probably yes – we might not have prioritised it until it needed our undivided attention. This is where life strategies and techniques come into play.

Do You Believe in Second Chances?

Using this undefined normal to our advantage, let’s recreate a space where we can recognise ourselves and build a routine that isn’t driven by society, but defined by our personality. Let’s stop in our tracks, be mindful, and thank the chance the pandemic has given us to redo our normal from scratch. Does that sound bizarre? Or does that sound ‘normal’?

Being an expat in the UAE means that we all flew away from our nests and landed here to build a second home. We should use this to our advantage to improve ourselves and aim for a more sustainable approach towards personal growth. Now how does one achieve personal growth, especially with all the changes we see around us? Let’s start with re-evaluating the generalised Presuppositions (Beliefs of Excellence) that we have mindlessly adopted in life. We can decode where our struggles lie by using our Modalities (Visual, Auditory, Kinaesthetic, Olfactory, and Gustatory) that are part of each representational system that encode and give meaning to our experiences.

That sounds like a lot of work, doesn’t it? It isn’t something we can achieve overnight, but would we run a marathon with a fractured foot? Or would we take time to nurse it and start walking five steps every day with the goal to eventually run a marathon again. Our mental health works the exact same way. Personal growth won’t happen overnight – it’s something that needs attention. We need to look at our struggles, analyse them, decode them, go in for therapy, and apply new strategies with sustainable growth in order to experience transformation.

What Is NLP Coaching?

NLP stands for Neuro-Linguistic Programming and is a personality development tool that is designed to help people in their personal and professional space. The way I describe NLP is that what happens in the brain (Neuro) helps us form an opinion (Linguistic), which is then expressed in our behaviour (Programming). I believe that NLP tools are what we change in our brain via our Modalities, which heals our opinions and changes our behaviour/routine, creating a new normal every time we grow.

What’s the easiest way to start this process? Mindfulness. When we are aware of our senses, we can be aware of what information we would like to put into our brain and form a new opinion, which will eventually enable a new habit/ behaviour. This is a continuous subconscious process that happens in our life on a day-to-day basis, and we are either aware of it or wake up one morning feeling dejected.

This ongoing process of changing what normal means for us can be used in many situations where one feels a void – be it the pandemic, your move to UAE, a break-up, a change of job, moving apartments, or mourning the loss of any form. Change in routine can be used to your advantage to upgrade yourself. 

Dubai has normalised the fact that what we consider normal constantly changes. Luckily, being a part of this environment means that we can get through change with a few life strategies, techniques, and guidance. This advice comes from my own life experience in Dubai, being confused in my twenties, and the structure that comes from being a trained Master NLP Practitioner and Mindfulness & Life Coach.

Learn more about Aditi Vijay Chandanani and her work at @decodingquirks_lifecoach.


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Empowering Self: Unveiling Three Essential Strategies to Overcome Self-Doubt

Empowerment Through Confidence

Self-doubt is a common struggle that many people face. It can hold us back from reaching our full potential and achieving our goals. But what exactly is self-doubt, and how can we overcome it? We will explore the concept of self-doubt and unveil three essential strategies to help you overcome it and empower yourself.

Understanding Self-Doubt

Self-doubt is the lack of confidence in oneself and one’s abilities. It is the inner voice that tells us we are not good enough, smart enough, or capable enough to achieve our goals. It can manifest in different ways, such as fear of failure, imposter syndrome, or constantly seeking validation from others.

Self-doubt can be triggered by past experiences, societal pressures, or our own inner critic. It can hold us back from taking risks, trying new things, or pursuing our passions. However, it is important to remember that self-doubt is a normal part of the human experience and can be overcome with the right strategies.

The Power of Inner Strength

Inner strength is the ability to trust in oneself and one’s abilities. It is the foundation of self-confidence and resilience. When we have inner strength, we are better equipped to face challenges and overcome self-doubt.

Cultivating a Positive Mindset

Our mindset plays a crucial role in how we perceive ourselves and our abilities. A positive mindset involves having a growth mindset, which means believing that our abilities and intelligence can be developed through effort and learning. It also involves reframing negative thoughts into positive ones and focusing on our strengths rather than our weaknesses. Cultivating a positive mindset takes practice, but it can greatly impact how we view ourselves and our potential.

The Importance of Self-Care

Self-care is often overlooked, but it is essential for building inner strength and maintaining a positive mindset. Self-care involves taking care of our physical, emotional, and mental well-being. It can include activities such as exercise, meditation, spending time in nature, or engaging in hobbies. When we prioritise self-care, we are better equipped to handle self-doubt and build our inner strength.


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Strategies to Overcome Self-Doubt

Now that we have a better understanding of self-doubt and its impact, let’s explore three essential strategies to help you overcome self-doubt and empower yourself.

Practice Self-Awareness

Building inner strength takes time and effort, but it is a crucial step in overcoming self-doubt. Here are three strategies to help you cultivate inner strength and empower yourself.

Self-awareness is the ability to recognize and understand our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. It is a crucial first step in overcoming self-doubt because it allows us to identify when self-doubt is present and how it affects us. To practice self-awareness, try journaling or mindfulness exercises. This can help you become more aware of your thoughts and emotions and how they contribute to self-doubt. Once you are aware of your self-doubt triggers, you can work on reframing negative thoughts and building your inner strength.

Set Realistic Goals

Setting realistic goals is important for building confidence and overcoming self-doubt. When we set unrealistic goals, we set ourselves up for failure, which can reinforce self-doubt. Instead, set achievable goals that align with your strengths and values. This will help you build momentum and confidence, which can help you overcome self-doubt in the long run.

Surround Yourself with Positive Influences

The people we surround ourselves with can greatly impact our self-doubt. If you are constantly surrounded by negative influences, it can be challenging to build inner strength and maintain a positive mindset. Instead, surround yourself with positive influences, such as supportive friends and family, mentors, or positive role models. These individuals can provide encouragement and help you stay motivated on your journey to overcoming self-doubt.

Self-doubt is a common feeling that can hold us back from reaching our full potential. However, with the right strategies, we can overcome self-doubt and empower ourselves to achieve our goals. By cultivating inner strength, maintaining a positive mindset, and practising, we can build the confidence and resilience needed to overcome self-doubt. Remember, self-doubt is a normal part of the human experience, and with determination and perseverance, we can overcome it and reach our full potential.

Frequently Asked Questions

How quickly can I expect to see results when applying these strategies to overcome self-doubt?

Results in overcoming self-doubt vary, but with consistent application of strategies, individuals often experience positive shifts in mindset and confidence within a few weeks. Patience and commitment are key to cultivating lasting self-empowerment.

Can these strategies be applied to different aspects of life, such as work or personal relationships?

The self-empowerment strategies provided are versatile and can be seamlessly applied to various life aspects, fostering confidence, resilience, and positive transformations in both professional and personal realms.

Are there additional resources or practices that complement these essential strategies for a more comprehensive self-empowerment journey?

Supplement your self-empowerment journey with additional resources like self-help books, workshops, and mindfulness practices. Incorporating holistic approaches enhances the effectiveness of the essential strategies, providing a well-rounded path to sustained self-empowerment.


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