Labels: the good, the bad, & how they sabotage your growth

Our brains are fascinating things! They are constantly computing massive amounts of data and speeds we can’t even comprehend. As humans, our hope-despairminds are constantly applying labels to things, giving us clues as to how we perceive the world around us.

This is such an incredible function and allows us to process and learn and grow! However, it’s easy for our minds to fall into a trap of hiding behind our labels.

Truth be told this is a learned process, giving labels is something that can come from our upbringing, society, media, or our experiences. Yet the impact this has on our psychological view of the world is that it makes us constantly try to read into new experiences or situations and figure out which label to put on them: “good” or “bad.”

I move to show you that by merely making that judgement, we are predetermining our response to all the “bad” things that come our way as things we have no use for. This sets us up on the defense, consistently trying to stop all the “bad” experiences from happening, much like a goalie in a soccer or hockey game. And after awhile, it gets exhausting playing defense all the time.

Our work, and personal lives are where we should strive to be expanding our capabilities. When we are too busy being defensive we loose our creative power to make our path our own.

Imagine a world where we choose to not see something as happening to us but as something happening for us.

What I am proposing could be a very radical idea to most. I’m proposing to truly master the consciousness of one’s perspective of how we choose to see ourselves in relation to the world around us. Through this, even the most horrific life experiences can become a great source of knowledge and growth.

It requires changing the lens of world view. Instead of predetermining whether something is good or bad,  choose to see each moment and circumstance as a gift to help us better ourselves. Changing this view gives you creative power in choosing how you will take each situation to better yourself for the next moment.

This can be difficult to see when we get disappointed or feel frustrated, or even hurt by the experience we are having.

However, if we start viewing all situations as “growth opportunities” then the labels of “good” versus “bad” become irrelevant and all situations become opportunities.

It’s a total mind shift, but one that leads to a more positive and happier you, because it’s an opportunity to become something greater, wiser and more experienced than the current version of you!


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