Have you ever tried to “throw a pot” on a potter’s wheel? You start off with a lump of damp clay slapped onto the center of a wheel that begins to spin. As you apply gentle pressure with your hands, the lump begins to be transformed.
Think of your brain as that pliable lump of clay. Life experiences rather than your hands are the forces that continually mold, shape, and determine your end form (the you that’s reading this right now). Unfortunately, when corrosive, shaping life-forces have had a hand in your development, the end result, the adult you, may wind up riddled with habits of anxiety or depression (yes, as heretical as it sounds, from a Self-Coaching perspective anxiety and depression are seen as habits of insecurity.). The sad truth is that once you become anxious or depressed you will most likely stay that way unless you realize that, through the neuroplastic capacity of your brain, you can neutralize old habit-loops while reshaping new ones. Regardless of how hopeless or discouraged you feel; you absolutely can be released from your distorted perceptions of self and life.