Skepticism: helping or hindering?

Healthy skepticism is a good thing but what if we could actually reframe it and call it ‘awareness’ instead?

Here’s why, the definition of skepticism has a negative bent to it – ‘an attitude of doubt or a disposition to incredulity either in general or toward a particular object'.  See, we’re already starting out with a filter of doubt and given the way the mind works – if we’re expecting something to not be true – our subconscious mind will automatically look for evidence of our focus.

The definition of awareness on the other hand is more open ‘having or showing realization, perception, or knowledge’.

What if we could actually start to acknowledge what our senses are perceiving? Some people call this our intuition and some may call it our gut-feelings. The fact is that our subconscious mind is processing about 400 billion bytes of information per second – which is a lot of information! Our conscious mind – where we live day in, day out, and where we’re so smart all day long – processes about 2000 bytes per second. Our conscious mind – the thoughts and actions we’re aware of – can process only ½ percent of what our subconscious mind can process. Wow!

Is it safe to say that we’re missing out on a ton of information? (Hint: Say yes!)

Now, of course, we don’t actually need to consciously access all that information but we can start to open up ourselves to being aware of what is most important for us to thrive. The thing is, when we’re being skeptical and coming at something from a feeling of doubt, our conscious mind will only receive that information that aligns with what we might be doubtful of. Hmm, okay, that might be hard to envision so here’s an example.

Let’s use an example that many of you may have bumped up against with your friends or family when it comes to talking about Attraction Principles.

Perhaps you, personally, have moved past the state of skepticism, or actually never experienced it around Attraction Principles, you have a state of awareness of how this principle shows up in your life. And, because you have this awareness and focus – your subconscious mind will find evidence to prove your right.

Now, when you try to talk to friends and family that are skeptical and doubtful of Attraction Principles because they have this focus – their subconscious mind will find evidence to prove them right.

It’s like Ford said – If you think you can or you think you can’t – you’re right.

The act of skepticism is already concluding there is something to be doubtful of and when you conclude something, you lock it into place.

What I’ve become aware of is that people who are skeptical and live with what I call the Trinity of Trouble – fear, doubt and worry operating in their life constantly, have a really hard time creating what they truly want in their life. They’ll try something once or twice and when it doesn’t work – throw their hands up in the air and say this stuff doesn’t work.

How do you get past that? How do you start to move out of skepticism, fear, doubt and worry?

  1. First, stop giving a damn so much about what other people think. While this might surprise you, I have to tell you that this is the biggest hindrance and really do mean THE BIGGEST(!!) hindrance to people living the life of their dreams.
  2. Start asking ‘What if…?’ or even better ‘What else is possible?’

These two things will start to shift you out of the Trinity of Trouble and start to open up your awareness. What if you could just be aware of what was going on around you without judging it to be right or wrong?

Look, I want you to ask questions about everything but from a point of view with no judgment.

What if you could actually acknowledge your intuition as being valid? We all have it but most don’t know it. Instead of passing something off as a coincidence – next time, pat yourself on the back for having been aware of it ahead of time.

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Karen Luniw burst onto the scene with the advent of podcasting in 2006. Her podcast has been in the Top 10 in Self-Help on iTunes since and has accumulated a whopping 20 million + downloads in that time. Through her podcast, coaching and online programs, Karen advises Business Owners, Managers and Executives how to attract crazy-amazing opportunities more easily than they ever imagined so they can be living life exactly how they want.

Karen works in business and as VP of her local chamber has influenced her work with brand-new-to-business Solopreneurs, seasoned Entrepreneurs, Top International Sales Pros to International Lawyers, Hollywood Creatives and even a staff member of the Executive Office of the President of the United States. The trend of many of her clients is to move from their front line roles into VP or Chief Executive roles or to the top of the field in their business. Karen has been able to achieve this by sharing her powerful QC2 Method that literally demolishes any mindset blocks that get in the way of people's goals and dreams. The result? Quantum Leaps into Success and Infinite Possibilities.

It wasn’t always so exciting and glamorous. Having worked for years for non-profits, government contractors and social agencies – Karen has worked front line with some of society’s most dangerous, misunderstood and disenfranchised individuals...with success. Karen has been featured in the well-read Huffington Post, HuffPo Live, appeared on Global BC, and featured in The Financial Post and The Vancouver Sun and is a sought after speaker for business and women's groups.

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