Reframing is changing the way you look at something. It is infinitely powerful. Here are some examples from my life:
Imposter syndrome is real. It's a phase; it comes and goes every now and then. Using reframing, it has become a bit easier for me to handle it. I now remind myself that if I start feeling like an imposter, that means I'm not the smartest person in the room and this is a state I like being in. This subtle mindset change is working for me now.
I try to trick procrastination by reframing. If I feel like postponing an activity, I create a bigger goal based on that activity's output. For instance, when I used to postpone on hosting a meetup or a conference, I put another goal like learning analytics or advertising in front of it. Another instance was public speaking. My natural instinct prefers working from the shadows. To combat this, I've set a bigger goal in mind for 2024 - to build the best show we've ever seen. That can't happen without me developing storytelling skills. This way, public speaking becomes a stepping stone to something greater and is no more optional for me.
I didn't like philosophy much as I viewed it as a rigid set of beliefs or ideals. Recently, I came across its literal definition, which is the love of wisdom. I like this definition. I might like philosophy after all!
I've always seen marketing as uninteresting and not my field. Sometime back, I reframed marketing as application of psychology. It's my favorite subject of all time, and now I've realized that the best way for me to apply psychology is marketing. I feel like I can finally do marketing as well.
Taking a guilt-free break was hard for me in my college days. Our group used to play Age of Empires a lot. Within a few hours, I'd start feeling guilty of wasting my time instead of doing something productive. After multiple burnouts, my outlook has changed. Now I think of breaks as a way to recharge and do better work later. I actively try to waste time now (preferably with someone else, as wasting time together is a good way to make new friends). Without breaks, I know I can't reach my peak output levels. Seeing them as a necessity, I'm able to enjoy them fully now. Reframing is powerful.
Until We Meet Again...