Key Lessons from “The Mountain Is You” by Brianna Wiest

Self-Image and Self-Worth:

  • You evolve as your self-image does.
  • Your own self-concept is much more important than worrying about what others think.
  • It’s time to get out of your own way.
  • Patterns in your life reflect your own behaviors.

Emotional Mastery and Personal Growth:

  • Mindlessly scrolling on social media is a coping mechanism to avoid discomfort.
  • Master your life by mastering your feelings.
  • Confirmation bias can be rewired to change your perspective.
  • All change, no matter how good, is wholly and completely uncomfortable.
  • Breakthroughs happen through micro shifts and consistency.
  • .01% changes every day lead to significant transformations.
  • Adversity fosters creativity.
  • Releasing the past and grieving are processes that require feeling and letting go.

Self-Acceptance and Authenticity:

  • You’re stuck with you. You can’t leave yourself even if you leave a place or situation.
  • Your mind can get stuck in the past, like a loop when you don’t deal with how those experiences impacted you.
  • Others are more focused on themselves than on judging you.
  • Seek approval from yourself, not others.
  • Connect with your inner child and listen before rushing in to help.

Habits, Purpose, and Happiness:

  • Be okay with being disliked and anticipate it while taking action.
  • Inner work is essential for personal growth and understanding triggers.
  • Validate your feelings to become stronger and support others.
  • Problems aren’t solved by positive thinking alone.
  • Principles shift from short-term survival to long-term success.
  • Habits have a compounding effect over time.
  • Discover your purpose and what you’re willing to work and suffer for.
  • Recognize emotions and choose how to respond to them.
  • Sit with discomfort and allow yourself to feel without forcing happiness.
  • True happiness comes from small joys, gratitude, and meaningful relationships.
  • Life requires growth and finding joy in simple and transformative experiences.
  • Schedule time for play and avoid overbooking yourself.

Meditation examples:

  • Meditate in a quiet peaceful area & invite your highest future self to sit down with you. Imagine what they say to you, how they feel, what they look like, how they behave, what their facial expressions communicate. Don’t go in with a laundry list of things to ask them, just be open and ask for their powerful guidance. The point is to merge yourself with your future self. Listen to their message, it should be uplifting, affirming and helpful, not negative.
  • Imagine your current self talking to a past self 3,5,7 years ago. Should be recent enough that you can relate to this person but far enough that you’ve changed. Imagine sitting down in a place you used to go to a lot or live in, then imagine you’re giving your past self pieces of your current life and all the information they need to go from that person to the person you are now. You can hand them car keys, email, bank account information, an outfit, instructions on what to do for your career, day to day habits, etc.
  • Close your eyes and re-enter a memory. Really feel the experience & find the feeling in your body where you become uncomfortable. Follow the feeling and ask it show you where it started from. Then superimpose a new narrative to your younger self who experienced this memory in order to start the process of letting go. Imagine that you (a wiser older self) is imparting some wisdom to your younger self. Give the specific instructions why that this is absolutely for the best and although they can’t know it yet, there is another experience that is far far better in store for them. Who does this younger self need to call, what do they need to begin doing, and what they need to stop doing? Impart that wisdom to your younger self. Imagine telling yourself that everything is going to be ok. Their fears are largely unfounded and good things are coming, and life will turn out good in the end. You can’t change what happened in the past, by shifting your perspective you can change how you arrive now. You can change the story, and you can change your life.

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