FIRST THINGS FIRST—DEVELOPING A NEW MINDSET
Have you ever been around a person who is incapable of thinking and speaking positively? How about people who always put themselves down? How about people who are consumed with self-pity? Probably sounds a lot like a family reunion. Well, anyway, there is a reason why people think and speak the way they do, and these patterns of thought are determined by their mindsets.
Mindset—a mental attitude or inclination. A fixed state of mind. The established set of attitudes held by someone that influences the development of a thought.
Establishing Thought Boundaries From chapter 12 PANIC ATTACKS CALMING THE STORM Brian Ludwig
It has been proven scientifically that two people can be exposed to the exact same circumstances and situations but have completely different responses and completely different levels of success in dealing with what they face. The deciding factor is how a person thinks, because this is ultimately going to decide how a person behaves.
I realized that my friends could be exposed to exactly the same things that I was exposed to, only they would react in a different manner.
Somehow, over time, I developed a mindset that caused me to process information in a way that always had the ability to make me vulnerable. This evolved by entertaining too many thoughts that were associated with negative outcomes.
Living by my feelings was a downfall. It drove me to speculate way too much, which caused me to overthink and analyze everything.
To obtain my freedom, I knew that I needed to live by truth, not by feelings.
If you had a friend who lied to you as much as your feelings lie to you, you would probably no longer listen to that person, and that person would probably no longer be your friend.
My feelings would lie to me because I would allow them to. I would allow my feelings to cause me to entertain thoughts of fear, disappointment, potential failure, and even death.
Researching information like that, I soon came to understand how important it was that my mindset was established correctly to enable me to obtain my freedom and not remain in a position of being a hostage.
I had fallen into a pattern of entertaining thoughts of fear, loss, and constant danger. In studying how the mind works, I concluded that my thoughts were driven by the mindset that had been established within me. However, the astounding thing was that I was responsible for the mindset being established. Through repetitiously allowing thoughts of fear, loss, and destruction, over time, I created a mindset that determined the attributes of my future thoughts.
Each of us generates thoughts based on the information that we receive from our surroundings; that is, from what we are exposed to. However, the tendency of the type of future thought that you think you will have is influenced and even determined by your mindset.
Since behavioral science has concluded that the way a person thinks will ultimately determine how a person behaves, I have drawn my own conclusions: if someone wants to change the way they behave, they need to change the way they think, so establishing a correct mindset is fundamental.
LATER ON, HE EXPLAINS:
Panic disorder, and to some degree, anxiety disorder is just so amazingly tormenting and painful. Because of that, a vicious cycle is established.
For anyone who has ever experienced a panic attack, the biggest thing that you know is that you do not want to have another. Because of that, the normal tendency is to become very watchful and overanalytical in the attempt to ward off another terrifying event.
What I’m saying is that the nature of a panic attack is such that it creates a behavior that will cause a harmful mindset to be established that encourages the onset of future panic attacks.
This revelation was what put me on my path to freedom.
THE AUTHOR FUTHER DESCRIBES : That those who suffer from these types of mental torments are usually people who overthink and over analyze and very perceptive. He may have opened the door to become a victim long before his first attack by becoming overly watchful, took him from a vulnerable mindset to a harmful enabling mindset,
IN HIS OWN WORDS:
I felt so deceived. I’d assumed that the way I was thinking— being overly watchful—was going to help me stop having panic attacks, whereas, in reality, all I did was create a mindset with pom-poms that became a constantly effective cheerleader for future attacks.
? COULD THIS BE YOU?
During this time of many uncertainties, Brian is starting to answer questions pertaining to panic and anxiety on: