What are dysfunctional beliefs and how to re-frame them?

Dysfunctional beliefs are similar to cognitive distortions. Many of us want to achieve higher goals and we dream of many worldly pleasures. But the only thing that stops us from dreaming big are these dysfunctional beliefs. So now you might be confused about what are these dysfunctional beliefs?

Dysfunctional beliefs:

These are negative beliefs that are fused in our mind since childhood. As we grow old they also grow stronger in our minds and hinders us to dream big. They don’t allow us to design our life of choice. These dysfunctional beliefs can exist even when the situation does not exist.

Here are a few common beliefs we all come across in our lives:

1.  Your degree determines your career

It is common belief we all faced before we choose our high school. But many of the college grads were not working in the core related jobs. A survey found that only 25-30% of college grads end up in a career related to their majors. The belief that college represents the best years of our lives to build a better future is a myth.

Reframe: 3/4th of the college grads don’t end up working in a career related jobs. A survey found that only 25-30% of college grads end up in a career related to their majors.

From this, we can understand whether you choose a career with confusion or you don’t like the profession you choose you can still have many chances to design career as you like.

2. If you are successful, then you will be happy

There is a boy named Harry who wakes up with a picture of success each morning because he had the life he chose. He is graduated from a top college, completed his engineering and got a well-paid job. But he goes to bed with something that is missing in his life. He believed that if he chooses the right career, the right job with all pre-planned efforts makes him happy, but he is not.

Reframe: True happiness comes from designing a life that works for you. That brings you joy while working. That gives you a work-life balance. In USA 2/3 of workers are not happy with their jobs and  10% of them hate their jobs too.

3. It’s too late to design my life

Reframe: Its never too late to design a life you that you really love.

If you have ever tried to change these dysfunctional beliefs, you are already well invested in changing yourself not because you aren’t good enough as you are now, but because you know that you have dysfunctional beliefs that are blocking yours from identifying and achieving your true goals in life.

Identifying dysfunctional beliefs can help you reframe them to design the life you desire. This, in turn, can improve your productivity and helps to achieve financial independence and can foster your early retirement.

What are those dysfunctional believes you are facing now? Do you ever reframe them to change the perceptions of life designing?

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