Reframe your game.
When something is not working for you or proves to be unresouceful, trying harder doesn’t always work, especially if you are just trying the same thing – that already didn’t work – with more intensity.
“Insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results.”
– Albert Einstein
This is when “reframing the game” can be particularly useful. Reframing is intended to get you out of the neural rut that is producing what you do not want. We can reframe any number of ways. We can reframe our thoughts, our feelings, our emotions, or our physiology. Some common reframes that can change the game are as follows:
- What is another way to look at it?
- What would be a slightly better- feeling thought
- How could you make it worse?
- How could you make it better?
- What would you do if you knew it would work out?
The Course in Miracles defines a miracle as a slight shift in perception, which is the ultimate goal in this “reframe the game” practice.
Our game of life is influenced by the beliefs and rules that we choose to play by. Our progress on this game board of life is mostly, if not all, made up, and any feelings that we are experiencing that cause us to feel “less than” need to be reframed.
Esther and Jerry Hicks have done some wonderful work in explaining in a very fundamental way that if you intend to change or improve upon what you attract, you must first change your vibrational set point. Simply put this vibrational set point is increased by choosing a better feeling, higher vibrational thought. For example choosing anger over apathy is a higher vibrational thought, and although you would not want to stay arrested in anger, this emotion gets you into action as you continue to challenge yourself to reach for a slightly better- feeling thought.
Reframing the game is a self- coaching practice that utilizes just a few open-ended questions intended to shift your perspective on anything. Choosing a slightly better- feeling thought enhances your ability to work through almost any challenging situation.