If you know you are experiencing some out-of-proportion reactions in your life right now, start there. Answering these two questions will help you find a target to use.
First answer this question, “How are you uncomfortable right now?” It could be about a relationship, your work, your health or your aspirations. Looking at what you can’t stop thinking about or what you avoid because it scares you or makes you very uncomfortable may help you answer that question.
Your current discomfort may be an emotion such as anxiety which is a form of fear, or anger or sadness. Emotions are temporary and change as circumstances change so they do not make good targets. They do often suggest where to look further to locate your target.
Your next question is, “What did you experience (think about, feel, notice) just before you experienced your current discomfort?” Often this is a real or imagined event. A snapshot of the most uncomfortable or stressful part of this remembered or imagined event makes an excellent target.
Don’t worry if you have trouble answering these questions now. As you review the following examples, you’ll see how others responded to the questions. You can use their chosen targets as models for your own.
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