A detailed explanation of a unique technique to combat anxiety….shifting your mindset from paranoid to PROnoid.
If you suffer with anxiety, you know that it’s basically like living in a constant state of heightened pessimism. It’s as if every thought you have is under the influence of Murphy’s Law. You’re thinking “anything that CAN go wrong, WILL go wrong“.
For those of us that experience anxiety on a regular basis, we’re taught to use coping skills to combat these, often, irrational thoughts or reactions surrounding normal day-to-day life occurrences.
But what if instead of just combatting the anxious, negative thoughts….we CHANGED them completely?
I want to introduce and encourage you all to work on combating your anxiety by becoming PROnoid.
No, no…not paranoid. PROnoid.
Being PROnoid is something that was introduced to me when I was watching a video podcast on which a man named Charlie Jabaley (better known as Charlie Rocket) was the interviewee. Charlie is a self-made music industry mogul who now works in the business of INSPIRATION after publicizing his weight-loss journey, becoming a marathoner and Iron Man, a Nike athlete, and motivational speaker on topics such as behavior change, positive mental attitude, and eternal optimism.
Charlie was asked about his seemingly indomitable spirit and positive attitude. He went on to share that he’s adopted a mindset of PROnoia.
So what exactly is PROnoia?
Being PROnoid is essentially looking for the GOOD in any and every situation. Instead of walking into a room full of people and feeling insecure about your outfit, wondering what the group of people in the corner are whispering about you, or generally thinking of the worst possible things that could happen….what if you considered the best possible outcomes, looked on the bright side, and exuded a sense of confidence that everything will go your way?
Easier said than done, right? But being PROnoid doesn’t have to be perfect and certainly doesn’t happen overnight like there’s a switch that’s been flipped in your head.
If being paranoid is thinking or feeling that the world, other people, and your circumstances are against you, then being PROnoid is the EXACT opposite. Instead of feeling like you’re in a constant battle with your mind and the world around you, you could feel like the world, people, and circumstances were working FOR you…in a positive way!
Being PROnoid is simply shifting your mindset into thinking the world/universe is conspiring to HELP you rather than against you.
Whether you believe in the connectedness of the universe or not, adopting a PROnoid mindset will automatically help you think more positively. Imagine….every circumstance, every interaction, every experience you have while alive on the earth….things are working in the background to give you exactly what you want in life.
Does this feel a little too out there to you? Well, here’s some science to back it up!
Get on a Winning Streak
Have you ever gotten a new car and then started to see that exact car model all the time in your city? As if everyone all of the sudden got the same car as you? That isn’t the case, but actually a normal function of your brain’s Reticular Activating System.
This is something else that Charlie discussed in the podcast. Obviously just switching your mindset to be more positive, or PROnoid, isn’t as simple as just deciding to. So Charlie discussed his technique of seeking out a “winning streak” to help him maintain his PROnoia.
Charlie looks at the little things all around him, like hitting a green light while driving or all the happiness he gets from a 2 dollar cup of coffee as WINS. When you find the winning streak all around you, your brain’s Reticular Activating System begins to filter out the negative and only focus on the positive. And the increased frequency of finding the positive around you feeds the winning streak further, making a state of PROnoia easier to achieve. It’s a self-fulfilling cycle. Just like thinking pessimistically or feeding into your anxiety can dig you into a deeper hole of despair and keeping that negative cycle going….training your brain to look for the good can do the exact opposite!
It just takes that initial decision to work on changing your thought patterns to jumpstart your PROnoia.
Do you deal with anxiety?
What coping skills do you use to combat anxious or irrational thoughts?
Have you ever heard of PROnoia? Is it something you’d consider implementing into your own life?
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