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Thinking errors are irrational thoughts that keep us stuck in a particular pattern of emotion or behavior. Most of us don't really think about our thoughts and we don’t really take the time to evaluate them at all.

This is dangerous because our thoughts literally control our reality. If we aren't aware of our thoughts, we have less control over what we feel and what we experience. The more we pay attention to our thoughts, investigate them and change them, the better able we are to change our feelings and behavior.

I talked about a lot of these distortions back in Episode 1, but today I want to talk about one thinking error in depth.

Personalization: this is basically taking responsibility for things that are outside of our direct control. This is usually based on other irrational thoughts or faulty logic.  It’s taking too much ownership over someone else's behavior or their experience or their emotional reaction.

This thinking error is really prominent in creative entrepreneurship, and I see it frequently with my client’s who run businesses. They just think that everything is about them or that it is their fault.

When we stop assigning blame and responsibility to ourselves, we can come up with a thousand reasons for someone else’s behavior.

Again, I think that learning, evaluating our behavior and taking responsibility are all important things to do, but we don’t have to take on more than our fair share.


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