Welcome to The Big Idea of the Week!
On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru Purohit, talks to us about creating an “avoid list”, and how it can help you achieve your goals and dreams.
We’re all familiar with a to-do list. But most of us have never heard about an “avoid list.”
The thing to understand about avoiding things or avoidance is that it’s just a code word for fear. There’s a great quote from Tony Robbins where he says, “Procrastination is just a code word for fear. But people say it because it sounds more romantic or better. No one just wants to flat out say I’m afraid, but that’s exactly what they are.”
Most people don’t even know they are avoiding something. It’s often in the background of their mind, and they are trying to make progress on their to-do list in the week, but they keep hitting roadblocks of lack of motivation or lack of excitement. This is where an avoid list can be very powerful!
So how does it work?
Take out a blank piece of paper, and ask yourself this question: “Is there anything in my life right now that I’m avoiding or afraid to give attention to”?
Once you have the answer—ask yourself the following questions:
- What story do I believe about this topic?
- When did I start believing that story?
- What’s my ideal intention?
- How do I want to re-write this story?
The quicker we are aware of what we’re avoiding or resisting, the quicker we can unravel the story and energy around it. When that happens we are left with the freedom to do anything we want to do.
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