5 Tactics to Trick Yourself Into Being Fucking Awesome


Are you satisfied with your level of awesome?

I’m not.

I’m on a quest to be fucking awesome.

Change is hard though. Sometimes it feels downright impossible.

Everything around you changes at Mach 5 speed, and still, you resist. It’s a skill some of us have perfected. Who can blame you for wanting familiarity?

Here, I’ll let you in on a secret: you can trick yourself into being awesome.

 

The Secrets to Being Awesome

1. You have two minds.

Sort of. Scientifically speaking, you have two levels of awareness. The conscious mind, the first level, controls your decision-making skills, attention, and concentration.

The second and more interesting level, the subconscious, controls your habits, emotions, and behavior patterns.

 

2. Attention is hard. Autopilot is easy.

You breathe without thinking. You know when to stop brushing your teeth. You order the same meal from the same restaurant you frequent every week. It’s called cognitive scarcity.

Simply put, thinking takes work. To clear up room for higher-level thinking, your subconscious puts as many actions on autopilot as it can.

 

3. You are gullible.

Well, your brain is. The brain cannot tell the difference between what’s real or imagined. Don’t believe me? Check this out and this and this.

 

4. The brain stores information like a computer.

More on this in a minute.

 

5. Habits = (Thoughts + Words + Actions) x RepetitionTwitter

If you can change your thoughts, you can change your world.

 

How to Trick Yourself into Being Awesome

1. Edit ruthlessly.

Remember when I said the brain stores like a computer? If you repeatedly pull up a Word file, don’t edit, and save, what happens? It stays the same. The brain works similarly, but it gets worse.

You don’t keep the details the same when you relive bad memories over and over again. You embellish and exaggerate, relishing in the experience. It’s time to edit ruthlessly. Add comic relief to your bad memories, imagine the “threat” of that moment two inches tall.

 

2. Affirm yourself.

No one is going to tell you what you need to hear because only you know what you need to hear. Affirm yourself as if you are your best friend. I am freaking awesome. It wasn’t really that bad. I got this. (Pro Tip: All those love songs you sent to others? Those were meant for you.)

 

3. Fake it until you make it.

Fake it until you become it. Twitter You know it’s real when you are who you think you are. Even Drake knows.

 

4. Play with size.

Exaggerate your fears. I know what you’re thinking: I’m crazy to make your problems even larger. Think of the worst-case scenario and make it outrageously bad. The trick is to expand your problem into something that could never happen. When you do this, you realize that you’ve been looking at hill-sized problem the way a first-time climber looks at Mount Kilimanjaro.

Understate your fears. Get scientific if you have to. Afraid of being laughed at or ridiculed? You mean to tell me that you fear compressed air rippling through space and hitting your ear drums in a pattern we’ve agreed to call laughter?

Put things into perspective.

 

5. Remember that most of your fears never come true.

The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday.

You aren’t that good at predicting the future (yet).

So, just relax.

 

How do you plan to be awesome in 2017? If you enjoyed this post, please comment and share. Thank you!

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Elina McGill

Elina is a recovering cynic and personal development addict, living a soul mission in three acts. Their soul mission is to awaken self-knowledge in others through writing, one-up their fears, and realize that it was all a dream. They like their enlightenment served with a side of hedonism and corner brownies.
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