Coach or Critic? Implement Strategies to Overcome Negativity Bias and Limiting Beliefs

Coach or Critic? Implement Strategies to Overcome Negativity Bias and Limiting Beliefs
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Module 1
Recorded on: 2022-02-15
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Ever felt like you want to achieve something only to feel limited by your own thoughts and beliefs? Don’t worry because you’re not the only one. You see, humans are programmed to avoid situations that we perceive as something that will end up in rejection, humiliation, or failure.  The human race has gone so far from the days were threats equated to death and these days, risks and fears tend to be just perceived and not real. Wendy Hummell leads this webinar to share her expertise when it comes to overcoming negativity bias, limiting beliefs, and self-sabotage, so we can all be able to accomplish whatever it is that we set our hearts into.

Wendy Hummell served in the law enforcement field for 24 years. Her last role with the Wichita Police Department is that of a detective for Person Crimes Investigations before she retired. She is currently the Health and Wellness Coordinator for the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office and specializes in officer health and wellness, peer support, and resiliency.

Topics Wendy discussed on this webinar include:

  • The characteristics that make one a mindful leader.
  • The concept of beliefs, its origins, factors that influence it, and the role it plays in creating our identity.
  • What limiting beliefs are, why it exists, how it impacts our behavior, which aspects of our life it shows up in, and common examples of which.
  • Self-sabotage as limiting beliefs’ next form where from being thoughts and things that are in our subconscious to being outwardly expressed as behaviors.
  • A rundown of the most common ways that we demonstrate self-sabotage, where self-sabotage shows up in our body, how it manifests into symptoms, and actions that we can do to overcome it.
  • Humans’ inherent tendency for negativity bias to remain safe and avert threats and risks.
  • Tips on how to overcome negativity bias by focusing on positive experiences, breaking up with our inner critic, and being our own advocate.
  • Specific steps to overcome self-sabotage.
    • Identifying the behavior of self-sabotage through the practice of mindfulness and the pillars of emotional intelligence.
    • Understanding where it is coming from by looking into the thoughts, beliefs, or emotions that preceded the behavior and served as a trigger.
    • Assisting change and transformation through affirmations, visualizations, self-compassion, journaling, not doing things alone, and working on becoming psychological bullet-proof.
    • Building neural pathways through long-term habits that eliminate limiting beliefs, negativity bias, and self-sabotage.
  • What affirmations are, examples of affirmations, and how it replaces subconscious patterns of negativity with more adaptive and positive narratives.
  • Utilizing visualization, the different ways of visualizing, and how it shapes neural pathways that make it more likely to accomplish goals.
  • What it means to practice self-compassion, its three critical components, and its benefits.
  • The practice of journaling and Its benefits in terms of enhancing communication, creativity, mindfulness, and memory, identifying negative thought patterns, and assisting in processing difficulties.
  • The value of having people supporting our efforts towards positive change and serve as accountability partners.
  • Fostering a psychologically bulletproof frame of mind by adopting a growth/gain mindset and leveraging stoic philosophy.
  • Effecting changes by establishing a new identity that aligns with our goals supported by sustainable habits and behaviors.
  • The role that our circadian rhythm plays in supporting our efforts towards positive change.
  • The role of the vagus nerve, and how the state of our nervous and immune system affects our mindset and other bodily functions.

Points tackled during the Q&A were about:

  • Resources and references mentioned throughout the webinar.
  • Building tolerance and the ability to manage the volatility we’re dealing with these days.
  • Differentiating self-compassion from self-care.
  • Figuring out one’s natural circadian rhythm.
  • Discerning between self-compassion and excuses for not striving to be our best selves.
  • Managing realistic expectations in the workplace.
  • Where learning lessons from others fall in the fixed/gap or growth/gain mindset spectrum.



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Audience Comments

  • “Was nice to get references to books and other media to build and work on the subject matter of self-improvement.” — Robindee
  • “She simplified many topics for those who may not be able to understand them.” — Connie
  • “Great coaching tips from Wendy on how to better ourselves and not be so critical.” — Susie
  • “I found it really helpful that the speaker categorized self-sabotaging behaviors into several reasons and provided tools to get out of them. Also, good book references. This is a large chunk of material to work on, with a therapist and on my own. Thank you!” — Mary
  • “Being a mental health administrative manager I am NOT a clinician. This is one of the best seminars I have attended regarding this subject. Great examples and resource lists. I would have loved to be able to see this live. I think as an attendee at any online session you gain so much by being able to see the speaker’s face, see gestures, etc. Just like telehealth — seeing your doctor is so much more personable than just talking on the phone.”  — Sharon
  • “VERY knowledgeable instructor. Thanks for the definitions to help explain the emotion labels. Very informative. We must remember to always give positive messages to children! Thank you for this very important training!” — Roseann
  • “WOW!!!!!!! LOVED this webinar. SO much great info. I feel like Wendy Hummell could do an entire week on this topic and still have more information and how to, to enlighten us with. THANK YOU!” — kara
  • “Wow! What a webinar, that is possibly the best one that I have attended thus far! The most valuable thing I learned was the specific examples of self-sabotaging behavior and the correlating self-compassionate behavior we can replace them with. Not only was this incredibly beneficial for self-growth and education but it was greatly beneficial to learn from to apply in a professional setting as well. Thank you so much for this webinar, can’t wait for the next one with Mrs. Hummell she was excellent!” — Elizabeth




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