by Faith Monson
I’ve heard it said that many dedicated mountain climbers climb because they are searching for meaning. Although I am not a climber, I often feel like a Sherpa, one of the climbing guides, as I work with my clients to help them scale their personal Everest. And often, as with real climbers, it’s all about a search for meaning.
Before a climber dares try to ascend the highest mountain in the world, he or she builds confidence by successfully climbing smaller peaks. The same is true in life. And, as with climbing, your limiting beliefs will keep you stuck, unable to go above a certain height, until you confront them and deal with them.
As a Success Sherpa, I find that mirroring is a great technique to alert a client to his or her own unacknowledged limiting beliefs, taking the first step to overcoming them. Many of our limiting beliefs are so deeply ingrained that we repeat and reinforce them in our daily conversations without even recognizing them.
That’s why mirroring is a great tool to help break out of limiting patterns. In a mirroring session, you describe your goal, current project or vision for the future, and your coach will reflect back what she’s heard you say. The result is empowering and enlightening as you realize the power of your words to reach—or delay—your success. Once you’re aware of the way limiting language creeps into your conversations, you can replace it with empowered words that speed you on your way.
The next time you catch yourself using limiting language, why not get a guide to help you shatter those old beliefs with a little mirroring? You could be amazed at how far you’ll climb once you leave old baggage behind.