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To gain maximum benefit, these should be carried out in conjunction with reading the book and as part of the other Be More Kid exercises.
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Too many people worry about things that may never happen. It’s exhausting to spend your life worrying about ‘what ifs’. The key is to identify what we can control, what we can influence and then take the appropriate action.
In other words, be more kid and underthink things rather than overthinking things!
The Wheel of Life is a great way of being able to review your life as a whole, identify what’s working and what isn’t and help you to make appropriate changes.
Carrying out this exercise will allow you to plan and focus on what’s important.
Knowing your own convincer helps you to understand yourself and your internal motivators better and has many uses, we are just covering one of those uses here.
Once you know your convincer it will help you to identify what could be causing you uncertainty and even anxiety.
When you say yes to things out of a sense of obligation, all you’re doing is stopping yourself doing the things you really want to do. You don’t have time to do the things you’ll enjoy, spend time with the people you want to see or just have fun.
When there is a never ending ‘to do’ list, the things that we really want to do can often end up permanently at the bottom of that list, so much so that we never actually get around to do them, yet not doing those things that are important to us can often be at the root of feeling unfulfilled.
This exercise will help you to change your focus.
We all have our own unique model of the world made up of our own internal filters. These filters will determine how we each process information and the meaning that we apply to
that information at any given time.
The following exercise will assist you to begin to explore your own model of the world.
When we are children most of our communication is given and taken literally. As we grow older the way that we hear and speak can often become more inferential, i.e. we infer meaning from what we hear and/or with the way that we speak.
To begin to understand your unconscious personality trait, carry out the following exercise.
Over time it can be easy to lose touch with who we are as individuals, especially if you are busy caring for others or doing lots of things for other people.
The following exercise is designed to assist you to reconnect with what is important to you and so should be done by yourself.
It’s okay not to be okay sometimes, yet take care that not being okay doesn’t become a permanent way of life.
Carry out the following exercise to bring into your awareness those things that you enjoy that you are not doing and the reasons for not doing them as often this is outside of awareness.
Constantly striving for happiness from external sources can force you into a trap that is hard to escape from. The more you have, the more you need to work to pay for those things.
This exercise is designed to assist you to think how you can potentially make your life simpler and step outside of the trap.
The following is an additional exercise to assist you with reviewing your life as it currently is to identify any areas where you are not feeling content.
The beliefs that we hold about ourselves can either empower us or limit our achievements.
The first step is to identify our beliefs as often once we have made our beliefs conscious we may realise that there is no foundation to them and therefore they no longer negatively
This exercise demonstrates the power of the unconscious mind and how your unconscious mind cannot differentiate between what is real and what is imagined.
You may wish to record the exercise perhaps on your phone or on your computer and then listen to it and follow along.
Kids don’t worry about the future, they are content in that particular moment, doing what they are doing. Adults on the other hand often overthink, contemplating various scenarios of what could go wrong, this is one of the things that erodes inner contentment.
The following exercise is one way of releasing negative emotion on a specific event, as in order to get rid of the negative emotions attached to a past event, that event needs to lose the meaning it had at the time.
This exercise is intended to be a thought exercise to understand yourself better and identify areas where you may wish to change your approach, as the more flexible you are with your communication the better the communication will be.
People can however get into patterns of saying yes just because they don’t feel comfortable saying no.
Carrying out the following exercise will assist you with noticing whether you are running patterns of saying yes when you don’t want to.
You shouldn’t force this exercise. The more you force it, the more conscious it will be and that’s the opposite of what we want to achieve. We suggest doing this exercise over a number of weeks, because it may take time to reprogram yourself to allow this to happen.
Your attitude to life will make you either more or less resilient to the challenges that come your way. If you focus on the things that could go wrong that’s what you will see, likewise if you focus on everything going well then you will notice that instead. A big part of this focus is the language that you choose to use.
Research suggests that it’s undirected fun that lights up what’s known as the pleasure centre in the brain. That means it’s not just about doing fun things, but about doing things that bring you joy spontaneously.
People often put themselves under stress by attempting to fit too much into their day. Then there are the financial challenges, wanting to buy more of the things that we think we need that will make us feel happy or help us to escape.
The following exercise is designed to get you thinking about how you can simplify your life and remove those stresses.
For many reasons as we outline in Be More Kid, play is important. The following exercise will help you find ways to play more with all of the benefits that will bring.