This is one of the most important concepts in your path to overcome panic and anxiety or any other form of mental torment. Taken form Chapter 9
The Logging Trail – Panic Attacks Calming the Storm Brian Ludwig
We have spent quite a bit of time learning about panic attacks. Now we are going to use what we have learned to disrupt the process in order to begin to make panic attacks ineffective. Let’s review the three crucial definitions.
The definition of fear is “an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or become a threat.”
The definition of anxiety is “a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.”
The definition of speculation is “the forming of a theory or conjecture without firm evidence.”
Through speculation, we conclude that something is a threat to us. Because we perceive a threat, the normal response is to feel fear. The problem is that we feel fear, but we cannot identify what is causing us to feel that way. Because of the confusion, anxiety will set in, which is an excellent condition for panic attacks to manifest and escalate.
When you perceive that you are in danger but cannot identify the danger, you must enter speculation. Without firm evidence, speculations can continue at a relentless pace. This keeps the fire fueled.
UNKNOWN THREAT – FEAR – SPECULATION – CONFUSION – ANXIETY – PANIC
In earlier chapters, I stated that all panic attacks are based on fear. Now we’re going to take that one step further. Panic attacks are based on a fear that has escalated through speculation. Because speculations form conclusions without facts, they can be very deceiving. In that state of deception, incorrect patterns of thinking begin to emerge.
In the absence of truth, a lie, by default will become your truth.
The Logging Trail
When in the mountains, we would drive on logging trails that were not maintained for public access. You would need a four-wheel-drive vehicle, and you would need the necessary equipment to be able to dig yourself out if your vehicle got stuck.
As vehicles continue to travel these logging trails, ruts in the trails would begin to form and would grow deeper and deeper each time a vehicle traveled that route. The ruts in the trail would soon become so deep that you did not have any choice but to follow the path that was laid out for you. Because the trail was traveled over and over and over, the ruts would become so deep that a vehicle was incapable of navigating out of the ruts.
This is crucially important to understand because this is what happens with your mind—thoughts are the vehicles; the mind is the logging trail. When thoughts are allowed to travel the same path over and over, patterns begin to emerge. The patterns are the ruts. When patterns of thinking are allowed to develop, the patterns become so embedded and familiar that the patterns of thinking become what we refer to as strongholds.
Strongholds are patterns of thinking that have taken you hostage, and to think a different way is virtually impossible.
In the mountains, when we would drive the logging trails, we were held hostage by the ruts since the vehicle could not simply turn out of them; the ruts were too deep. If we desired to turn out of them, what we had to do was to fill in the ruts with rocks and whatever else we could find, and then we would lay a board so it became a ramp that the vehicle could drive up on so that we could navigate out of the ruts.
When dealing with the mind, we must be aware that our thoughts have been traveling the same paths for so long that patterns have been established. With panic attacks, a person has allowed incorrect or harmful thoughts to follow the same path over and over until a pattern has been developed, and eventually, a stronghold has been established. Like the vehicle, you can’t just suddenly start thinking differently; you must fill in the ruts—the patterns of thoughts—with facts, with truth. As an act of your will, as an act of your own determination, together we will learn how to take incorrect thoughts captive and prevent them from continuing to run rampant and establish harmful patterns of thinking. We’re going to learn how to fill in the ruts of our mind with truth so that we will begin to train our mind how to think differently.
This is so important to understand that I’m going to give you one more illustration. I often like to refer to patterns of thinking as being a runaway mind. Because your mind is continuously driven by the same pattern of thinking, a “mindset” becomes established. We will learn more about “mindset” in future chapters. What you must understand is that an incorrect pattern of thinking will eventually create an incorrect pattern of behavior. Panic and anxiety disorders cause us to develop a behavior that we want to be free from.
“I would like to impress upon the reader to reread this as necessary as you learn to change your mindset.” Brian.
Refer to the book page 64, on how to capture and reroute your thoughts