Not all people are aware that helplessness is something that is learned. When a person believes they CAN’T do something, there is often a past experience that has made this belief a reality. But, there’s hope! Just as as helplessness is learned, it can be unlearned and you CAN create new patterns of thinking that will help you change. Today, Joseph defines learned helplessness and provides listeners four ways for how you can overcome it.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  •      00:01 – Introduction to Mind Your Mind Podcast
  •      00:23 – Today’s episode is about overcoming learned helplessness
  •      00:40 – Many people don’t realize that they live in learned helplessness
  •      01:21 – Learned helplessness is the feeling of “I can’t” that builds from past experiences or failures
  •      02:22 – Joseph shares an example of a research study about learned helplessness that involved dogs
  •      03:45 – There should be a moment when people realize learned helplessness is indeed a part of their lives
  •      04:23 – Joseph discusses another example with a baby elephant that had its foot tied to a string
  •      05:38 – Look at your own life and reflect—is there any learned helplessness in you?
  •      05:55 – “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell
  •      06:20 – 1st way to overcome learned helplessness: Change it up—start with a fresh perspective
  •      06:56 – 2nd way: Look at your past successes
  •      07:24 – 3rd way: Do it anyway
  •      07:46 – 4th way: Join a group
  •      08:30 – Talk to Joseph on Mind Your Mind
  •      08:47 – Please leave us a comment on Mind Your Mind and a review on iTunes

3 Key Points:

  1.     Learned helplessness is a part of almost everybody’s life. Can we recognize it?
  2.     Start with a new perspective and look forward to a different outcome—this is the first way you can overcome learned helplessness.
  3.     Don’t believe that you can’t do something. Instead, believe that you AND and then do it.