Just what is framing and how is it used?
It is essentially having a pre-set idea of how something is, or will be and how this can work either for or against us.
Framing is something we can do often and also have done to us, yet often without realising it.
It is something that marketers often use to sell or to convince us of an idea.
So what can we do about this, and how to make it work for instead of against us?
These are some of the pros and cons of framing;
Can be used as a motivational tool to achieve results.
Can be used to focus more specifically and cut out the things that distract you.
Can be used against you to form certain beliefs that you would not otherwise have or chosen.
Can cause you to lose sight of true reality and what is in front of you.
I have unfortunately witnessed and experienced the use of this first hand and can say for sure its not a nice thing to have used on you, however unfortunately this happens, so awareness is key. If you notice your thoughts and focus are being directed in a certain way that takes you away from your truth, turn the other direction. 🙂
However once you are aware of its use and if you choose to, using preframing or reframing can certainly help you when its in your hands. For example before you go to the gym if you set the intention of it being an awesome session then you will be far more likely to have one.
Just ensure this skill is in your hands, preferably not the salesmans 🙂
Enjoy trying it out and stay aware always.