How To Shift Your Limiting Beliefs And Find Success
Do you have limiting beliefs that might be holding you back from the success you’re looking for in your Avon business?
YOU are the creator of your dream life and only YOU can make the changes necessary to find that joy.
Let’s work on banishing those limiting beliefs so you can start believing in yourself and trusting that you CAN create a joy-filled life.
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- Prospecting for new customers & recruits.
- Getting a brochure (either paper or digital) to every customer every campaign.
- Following-up with every customer you gave a brochure to every campaign before you place your order.
- Take the order, submit it to Avon and deliver to your customer, or send them to your Avon Online Store to place their order
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Today We’ll Talk About How To Shift Your Limiting Beliefs And Find Success
Before we dive into what limiting beliefs are and how to combat them, let’s review the two different mindsets that can affect our moods and lives.
A growth mindset is one that encourages self-betterment and growth.
Anyone with a growth mindset believes they can do better – and WILL do better – after they find the tools necessary to make changes in their lives.
A limited (or fixed) mindset is quite the opposite:
Here a person believes they can’t do anything else to grow (i.e., make more money, find a different job, find a life partner).
They believe that the life they have is all they will EVER have so they might as well get used to it.
Which of these two mindsets would you rather embrace?
Hopefully, you said the growth mindset because the fixed or limited mindset sounds sad.
As you might guess, a fixed mindset is fed with limiting beliefs, which are simply anything you believe to be true about yourself, the world, or life in general that limits your success.
Very Often Limiting Beliefs Form In Childhood.
Consider this analogy:
A baby elephant is chained to a fence. It tries to break free but is too small and weak.
As the elephant grows up, his size and strength increase and he could easily break free of the fence; except he remembers as a baby that he couldn’t do it so he settles for a life chained to a fence.
Have you settled in your own life?
Sometimes limiting beliefs develop from things our parents said or by the ways they lived their own lives.
Parents are their kids’ first teachers so it’s easy to understand why you might pick up on their habits, comments about work, or discussions about money, even if you didn’t understand the meanings back then.
Let’s be fair to parents, though. For many decades it was unacceptable to change jobs.
Those were the days where you’d work for a company for 35-40 years and retire with a nice pension.
Switching positions WITHIN the company was acceptable but in general, people stayed with these jobs their entire career.
If you didn’t particularly like your job, can you see why some parents would come home and complain about their day?
In today’s world, it’s almost unheard of to stay at a job longer than 10 years, never mind 40.
Resumes filled with lots of job experience are the norm, and in many ways with the internet, it’s much easier to find a new job than in our parents’ day.
There is absolutely no reason to settle for a job you don’t like these days.
Go chase the job of your dreams!
Or decide what you want out of your Avon business and make it happen so you can live life on your terms!
My point in bringing up the differences between us and our parents is that we don’t want to blame our parents for embedding limiting beliefs in our heads.
They lived life the best way they knew how.
And now you can do the same thing by working on your own self-growth and determining what you want out of life.
You really don’t have to settle for a job or life that doesn’t bring you joy.
In this quest for radical shifts, first start thinking about what your dream life looks like.
Visualize where you live, what you do every day, what kind of work you do, what your home looks like, what kind of car you drive, etc.
You can journal about these questions or you can make a vision board with images.
It’s much easier to create a path to your goals if you actually identify those goals first.
YOU are the creator of your dream life and only YOU can make the changes necessary to find that joy.
Let’s start off by banishing those limiting beliefs so you can start believing in yourself and trusting that you CAN create a joy-filled life.
Step One: Limiting Beliefs As The Golden Path To Your Success
As I just mentioned, limiting beliefs are beliefs developed in early childhood about who you are and what you’re capable of doing.
The problem is that these beliefs are ‘limiting’ so they’re currently stopping you from doing or having something that you truly desire and can muddle your efforts to find the success you’re looking for.
They are the excuses that we’ve learned to accept about why we can’t do or achieve something.
Some examples of limiting beliefs are:
- I can’t start a business because I’m too young.
- I can’t earn a six-figure income because I don’t have the talent or knowledge to do so.
- I can’t recruit new team members because I don’t know enough about how to build a business.
- I can’t go swimming on vacation because I still want to lose 30 pounds.
- I can’t talk to or flirt with that good-looking person because I’m not looking my best.
- I can’t go back to college because I’m too old.
Do you notice how all these limiting beliefs start? With “I CAN’T”.
Whenever you start a sentence with “I can’t” you’re setting yourself up for failure.
If you decide to try to accomplish any of these things, you’ll always have that nagging voice at the back of your head, feeding you garbage about all the reasons why something can’t happen.
This voice can also cause you to give up too soon or without getting all the facts or putting forth a real hearty effort.
Instead, we want to turn those limiting beliefs around into positive affirmations which encourage you to try even if you feel unprepared.
If you want to earn a six-figure income, for instance, but don’t know how to do it, you’ll find hundreds of people online and in groups who are willing to help you; but they won’t know you need help unless you ask the question first.
With the internet, there’s no excuse for not finding the information you need to create an action list of what it takes to achieve your goal.
But then again, don’t become a perpetual student or get stuck in analysis paralysis where you’re so busy researching you never take action.
Educate yourself first, create a plan, then take action.
Limiting beliefs aren’t your fault – they’re usually shaped by observing your family, society, your environment, and your own experiences before age 7.
According to psychology experts, “beliefs” in general aren’t bad.
They developed as energy-saving shortcuts that helped you make sense of the world when you were young.
That said, while you didn’t create these beliefs, they are your responsibility to deal with once you become an adult.
If you want to experience the up levels on your vision board, you have to learn how to create your life from intention–not pre-programmed beliefs.
Limiting beliefs can show up in any area of our lives.
Anywhere you feel like you’re not achieving what you want or can’t seem to make forward progress probably stems from an underlying limiting belief.
For many Avon Representatives, this might show up in areas/fears like:
- Fear of Success and/or Failure
- Fear of Visibility/Being Seen/Being Rejected
Limiting beliefs are dangerous to you fulfilling your purpose because they stop you from taking action toward who you know you’re meant to be.
Instead, these beliefs keep you down and kill your dreams for the future.
So, if you want to have the success you’re looking for, you HAVE to deal with the limiting beliefs holding you back.
As the late Louise Hay said, “If you accept a limiting belief, then it will become a truth for you.”
The good news is beliefs are super flexible. You can change them and move beyond them.
Think of them as the keys to opening the door to unlimited opportunities.
Just imagine if you could…
- Release any negativity you have around money so you can make more of it without guilt or shame or anxiety
- Feel more confidence asking for what you want and going after what you truly desire
- Love yourself deeply and watch as that love overflows into your relationships
- Feel ‘safe’ (and excited) about showing up and being seen
That (and so much more!) is what radically shifting your beliefs can do.
Step Two: Notice & Name The Beliefs Squelching Your Soul
You’ll find several different schools of thought about how to best shift your limiting beliefs, but this model of behavior change is one most people agree on:
Belief → Thought → Behavior → Action → Result
This means that each limiting belief in your life has an accompanying thought.
And in order for you to shift the thought so you create a different behavior (and therefore a different action and result!), you need to IDENTIFY the thoughts that make up the beliefs.
You’ll need to change these thoughts both cognitively and behaviorally. When you change your thinking, then it’s easier to change your behavior.
For example, instead of saying, “I can’t recruit new representatives because I don’t know how to find people to talk to,” change that up to a more positive thought like, “I CAN recruit new representatives because I want to help people and I’m not afraid to ask questions about getting started.” Keep repeating that positive thought and you’ll gain some confidence and motivation to do the necessary research to set you on your way to opening your business.
Here are a few exercises to help you get started IDENTIFYING your specific limiting beliefs.
I highly recommend grabbing a journal or notebook so you can jot down notes or ah-ha moments.
These exercises can be enlightening and you’ll want a place to note all your revelations to review at a later date.
Exercise #1: Think of a situation in your life that you’re not satisfied with. Where are your results not in alignment with what you really want to be, do, or have? What area(s) of your life feel stuck or stagnant? Where have you not been able to make progress despite your best efforts?
For example, maybe you’re not happy with the amount of money you make.
Use the following fill-in-the-blank statement, “I can’t make more money because ____________”.
What reasons show up at the word “because”? This is a limiting belief or thought and is probably stopping you from moving forward.
To continue the example: “I can’t make more money because I’m afraid I’ll lose it all and wind up more broke than I am now.” The ‘limiting belief’ then is, “If I make money, I’ll lose it.”
You can also take this a step further and identify WHERE this belief came from.
Ask yourself: “When was the FIRST TIME I felt this way or had this thought?”
This can provide invaluable insight into the fact that this belief is NOT a universal truth, but a BELIEF.
Repeat for every area of your life where you feel stuck or unsatisfied.
Exercise #2: If nothing comes up doing the exercise above, arm yourself with a notebook as you move throughout your week.
Notice – and write down! – the negative thoughts that crop up throughout the week as you live and work.
At the end of each day, go back through and ask yourself for each negative thought: Is this a fact?
If the answer’s no, it’s likely a limiting belief.
Also, write down how these beliefs affected your mood and your motivation when they appeared.
Did you lose steam and want to take the afternoon off? Did it make you want to stress eat?
If nothing else, noticing how these beliefs affect your actions and are holding you back can be a real wake up call.
Don’t judge yourself for any beliefs or negative thoughts that come up. You’re simply observing so that you can change them.
We all have limiting beliefs; even the most confident entrepreneurs can struggle with this negative self-talk at any time, even after they’ve reached a pinnacle of success that most would envy.
Crushing these limiting beliefs will also allow you to do good in the world.
Think about reaching that six-figure business. What good could you do when you reach that milestone? How could you help others?
Think way back for a moment to Thomas Edison who is known for inventing the incandescent lightbulb.
He and his associates worked on 3,000 different theories for creating this type of lightbulb all in the course of two years.
What if he had limiting beliefs and gave up on this idea because it was too hard, or they simply couldn’t figure it out?
What if they gave up after trying after 2,998 times? We might not have lights in our homes, or our ancestors might have had to wait much longer for lightbulbs to be invented.
Whatever limiting beliefs you uncover, write them down in your journal, notebook, or phone app.
You’ll need this list as you continue going through the other exercises.
Step Three: Get Crystal Clear About What Your Beliefs Are Costing You
Once you have determined what your limiting beliefs are, you have to acknowledge these are BELIEFS (not truths) and therefore it IS possible to shift and change them.
This shift doesn’t happen overnight, but the first step is acknowledging the beliefs and trusting that with the other exercises I’m sharing today, you CAN shift your thinking.
As your mind shifts, you’ll feel more confident, which leads to taking action.
You WILL believe that your business can grow, your relationships can improve, and you can buy your ultimate dream toy. Or insert any of your own desires into this list; everyone will have different beliefs and life goals, so make this as personal as possible.
Don’t follow someone else’s lead or allow your spouse or family to influence what YOU want in life. Make these exercises about YOU.
Go back to your list of limiting beliefs and for each negative belief, write down each of the following:
1 – How does this limiting belief CURRENTLY impact your life?
Write down EVERYTHING that comes to mind.
For example, let’s go back to the “If I make money, I’ll lose it” belief.
Maybe it currently impacts your life in a few ways, like you are afraid when Avon raises prices on items and you don’t want to lose customers and therefore feel overwhelmed and burnt out most of the time.
Then, take it a step further:
How is feeling overwhelmed and burnt out most of the time impacting your life?
Maybe it’s costing you money because you literally feel too overwhelmed to take on more customers.
Or maybe it’s affecting your relationships because you’re always canceling on your friends last minute or yelling at your kids or partner.
Maybe you’re afraid to say yes to new opportunities (even ones you’d love to say yes to!) because you don’t believe you’ll have the energy to follow through and it makes you feel like you’re not growing in your career.
Continue breaking down each of these negative effects until you can’t think of any more.
2 – Think about the FUTURE.
How will continuing to ‘live out’ this negative belief affect your future?
What will you lose out on by continuing to live out this belief? Think about the effects in one year, 3-5 years and 10 years.
For example, continuing to believe “If I make money, I’ll lose it” over the next year, you won’t hit your income goals and you won’t be able to save for the vacation you want to take next year (or insert whatever dream purchase you’d love to make here).
If you continue to believe it over the next 3-5 years, the overwhelm and burnout might affect your health even more negatively. You’ll miss out on multiple opportunities and you’ll likely continue to feel stuck in your career path and unable to make changes.
If you continue to believe it over the next 10 years, you could easily wind up stuck doing what you’ve always done, not making a single penny more than you make right now, destroying your reputation in your field, feeling disenchanted with your work, or simply burning yourself out so badly you CAN’T work anymore. (Of course, these are all hypothetical–but you get the gist!)
These two exercises can help you truly see how imperative it is to your success that you shift these beliefs.
No matter what your limiting beliefs, there are always consequences that you’re living with, whether you recognize it or not.
Life won’t be perfect all the time but working on changing these beliefs can actually help your mental attitude and outlook.
Once you’ve gotten clear on what your beliefs are and what they’re costing you now and potentially in the future, it’s time to start shifting.
You’ll learn how to get started in the next step.
Step Four: Rewrite Your Beliefs And Call Back The Truth Of Who You Are!
Just so you know, when you do those exercises, you might feel some sadness or even despair.
Sometimes people feel like it’s a punch in the gut to really have their limiting beliefs AND the harm they’re doing looking straight at them from the paper.
As someone who used to let bad news drag her down for the entire day, I’m here to say it’s acceptable to acknowledge those feelings BUT to remember that we’re turning all of this around!
Acknowledge the facts of the situation and then get excited that these things CAN get turned around.
You can also think of this as a wake-up call, as a way of telling yourself that things must change, or you’ll be stuck in the same cycle for years to come.
This is no different than those people who want to get out of debt; first you must acknowledge just how much debt you have before you can peck away at it. It’s the same concept here.
Know your limiting beliefs then take action to change them.
The first step to changing your limiting beliefs requires being WILLING to change them.
Are you happy in your life right this second or do you want something to be different?
Are you willing to step outside your comfort zone to make changes or are you content with the status quo?
Get your mind wrapped around the idea of making changes and fill that thought with light and positivity.
Remind yourself every day that you’re WILLING to make these changes and soon you won’t need that reminder because it will be a part of your psyche.
To get started, for each limiting belief ask yourself this simple question: “What if I’m wrong?”
We’ve got these beliefs so ingrained in our brains that it’s easy to believe they are true; but what if they’re not?
Have you EVER considered that these beliefs are LIES instead of truths?
Why are we so insistent to believe these negative thoughts when we haven’t tried to prove if they really are true?
Interesting concept, right?
To do this exercise, all you need to do is ask the question.
Do it as part of your meditation or turn it into some journal entries if that’s easier.
When you REALLY reflect on this question, you might be surprised at the answers you uncover.
For example, do you believe that you’ll lose money as fast as you earn it? What if you’re wrong?
You might discover that you’re an incredible saver, simply because you don’t want this limiting belief to ever come true.
You might find the motivation to hire a CPA or a bookkeeper to help you understand your taxes and how much cash you really need to earn each month so you can pay your expenses.
Think of the OTHER possibilities that can happen if you choose not to believe this limiting belief.
It’s such a simple question and yet it can open your eyes to a new world of possibilities.
Even in your personal life. If you believe you need to look a certain way before you can date, what if you’re wrong?
Whether you believe you’re too tall, too short, too heavy, etc. you will never know if your next partner is out there looking for you unless YOU get out into the dating world, too.
Your next step is to choose one limiting belief to focus on and ask yourself: “Am I willing to see this differently?”
If the answer is YES (and if you’re here, it will likely be!), then move onto the next step.
If you feel resistance to changing this belief, that’s okay.
You can continue to move onto the next steps and still see shifts over time.
That said, if there’s a limiting belief that you feel MORE willing to shift–you might want to start there.
Once you see results with one belief, it will be easier to work on the “harder” or more deeply ingrained beliefs.
Replace each limiting belief you identified with a more empowering belief and write it down.
For example, if your limiting belief is, “If I let people see who I truly am, they’ll reject me,” the more empowering belief might look like, “It’s safe to be who I truly am no matter who is around.”
If you’re having trouble coming up with the more empowering belief, think about:
- What belief is more aligned with what you want?
- What belief can you ease into, that’s just a step or two above your limiting belief?
Sometimes our subconscious won’t get on board right away and we have to “ease” it into this process.
If you find yourself ‘retracting’ at the thought of your more empowering belief, you might need to ‘scale back’ at first with a more believable new belief.
Work at your own pace.
Writing down new beliefs can feel like a lot of work–but it’s actually the easier part of this process!
These new beliefs you’ve written down are now your new mantras or affirmations.
Anytime the old thought pops up, repeat the affirmation or mantra in its place.
Keep these mantras/affirmations in your journal and consider keeping them in the Notes section of your smartphone for easy reference when you’re out of your office.
Post them around your office and/or home so you’re reminded daily of the changes you’re making.
Over time, these new thoughts will create new neural pathways in your brain that fire automatically and eventually those old negative thoughts will disappear.
You most likely will be surprised when one day you realize you haven’t had those particular negative thoughts in a long while.
During this process, your core beliefs will become stronger and more ‘natural’ over time, eliminating room for those old limiting beliefs.
Here’s the deal though: You can’t just say an affirmation over and over to make changes.
Every time you read your affirmation; you’ll also want to FEEL it as if it’s already real.
For each new belief, visualize what it would truly feel like for the new belief to be real.
What does, “It’s safe to be who I am no matter who is around” look like?
Imagine yourself in different scenarios.
Flood yourself with positive feelings of pleasure as you do this visualization.
When you start associating your new empowering beliefs with pleasure, you’ll automatically feel more motivated to do whatever is needed to shift your limiting belief.
You might also want to visualize (or journal on) the following to get the creative juices flowing by asking yourself, “How will I feel differently when this belief no longer exists?”
Visualization can be done anywhere (except while driving!) and it doesn’t take much time.
Experts suggest developing a visualization habit or ritual (similar to meditation) to reap the most benefits.
The process works best if you have a quiet space and can close your eyes to envision yourself in this new belief.
Picture yourself in the future living this ideal life that you have imagined, reaching all your goals.
Visualize yourself in your office, ready to conquer the day with confidence.
Did you know that some famous people have used visualization techniques to attain success?
Before he made it big, actor Jim Carrey imagined himself as a movie actor, wrote himself a check for $10 million, and dated it for 1994. Oddly enough, he earned $10 million for the film ‘Dum and Dumber’ in 1994.
Arnold Schwarzenegger visualized his ideal body form before reaching his bodybuilding fame.
Oprah Winfrey used affirmations and vision boards to pull herself up out of poverty.
Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn visualizes the ski run before the actual race but also shifts her feet and weight during the process. She says she never forgets a course by using this technique.
Shifting your limiting beliefs is an ongoing process; personal development never has an endpoint and even after doing this work you might find new limiting beliefs showing themselves.
Each new ‘level’ of success (or going outside your comfort zone) will bring up new beliefs to shift.
But now you will have the tools for changing those limiting beliefs on your own and eventually, your “new” beliefs will feel 100% true to you.
Step Five: Embody Your New Beliefs For Total Transformation
While these new affirmations will take you far, the ‘trick’ is that you ALSO have to work on changing your behavior.
Affirmations and mantras are NOT magic. There are no magic fairies waiting to fulfill your every desire.
Changing your beliefs – which in turn can change your life – requires ACTION on your part.
Keep reciting your affirmations daily but also start acting as if your new belief is true.
For real change to occur, you need to believe 100% in your soul that your new belief is true.
Keep in mind, it takes time to get to that place.
Reciting your affirmations along with acting the role will help move the change process along.
Continuing with the example of feeling safe being who you are, you’ll want to think about how ‘that person’ would act in your next Zoom meeting or when meeting up with a colleague for coffee.
- Would ‘that person’ sit like a wallflower, simply following the conversation without offering much input?
- Or would ‘that person’ take the lead during the meeting and guide others through an agenda?
- Would ‘that person’ be willing to show their sense of humor?
Visualize how ‘that person’ would present themselves in this scenario and do your best to emulate that behavior.
You might hesitate or feel some anxiety, especially if you’re an introvert who wants to be more outgoing, but these first changes can be small.
Often starting with small changes – and seeing that you didn’t flub it in your meeting – will give you the confidence necessary to make bigger or different changes to your demeanor.
You might even discover that making small changes was much easier than you thought, which should give you confidence going forward to continue making changes.
Here’s another example: If your new, more positive belief is about how you’re “capable of managing large sums of money,” you’ll want to think about how a good money manager would act when you receive your next payment from a customer. What would that person do, feel, say, think and feel? Then, do that!
Let me be clear: I am NOT advocating that you change your personality or pretend to be someone you’re not!
With this particular exercise, we’re primarily focusing on adopting the BEHAVIORS that can help turn a limiting belief into a positive one.
Pretending to be someone you’re not won’t win you any clients or friends; authenticity is too important in this day and age.
You’re not an actor on a stage who can turn off their persona once they leave the theater. Just be yourself and modify your behavior.
Once you start adopting the behavior of who you want to become, taking other actions in your life will also become easier.
It’s like a snowball effect: Making changes to your behavior often leads to more confidence; which leads to a willingness or excitement to make changes in your business; which can lead to an excitement to focus on your relationships.
Your new confidence will also be evident to your colleagues, family, and friends, which can make life in general happier and less stressful.
But I hear you: Taking new action is SCARY!
Not many people get a thrill of stepping out of their comfort zone.
The good news is, if you’re doing your affirmations regularly, it will get easier every time you take a new action.
The bad news is, if you avoid this step because it’s scary, you’ll just feed your old limiting beliefs, and nothing will ever change. Which scenario do you prefer?
You don’t have to make massive, sweeping changes all at once to see radical shifts over time.
Very often even just one small step in the direction of the new, more empowering belief will help you solidify your new identity as the person you want to be.
Think of these changes as baby steps or stepping stones.
You’re not going to jump from Step A to Step Z in a single move. You need a road map to get you there.
There’s nothing wrong with taking multiple small steps to change your limiting beliefs.
So long as the end result is a positive belief that gives you confidence, it doesn’t matter how small you have to make those actions.
Also, remember your “new actions” don’t have to be perfect.
They don’t have to yield a particular result to “count.” If you “dress for the role” on your next Zoom call, consider it a win.
Paying a single bill when your new customer pays you is also a win.
Did you meet someone new and get their contact information or ask for a referral? That’s a win.
Make sure to acknowledge to yourself when you’ve taken a new action.
You could write it in a journal or decide to ‘treat yourself’ to celebrate.
No matter the size of the action, it’s worth acknowledging.
When you see small wins building up consistently, you can make it a game with yourself.
See how long you can go without breaking the streak. Or decide how you’ll treat yourself after X number of actions.
Have fun with it while remembering your ultimate goal: Changing those limiting beliefs.
Step Six: Take Small Actions To Make Major Moves Toward Your Purpose
The great news is that just showing up every day and taking some kind of action in the “right” direction is EXACTLY what will move you further toward your purpose.
Your purpose will inevitably become clearer as you build new habits and your old beliefs about who you are and what you’re capable of fall away.
You’ll be so focused on looking forward that you literally won’t realize when those limiting beliefs disappear.
Most likely you’ve always had an “inkling” you were meant to do something – maybe you even KNOW what that something is – but your beliefs stopped you.
Instead of having regrets, start the process of changing those beliefs and moving forward.
If you commit to showing up every single day and taking one more “empowered” action, you’ll find that your purpose feels more “tangible” and within reach.
Instead of wishing that you had started the process sooner, you’ll feel invigorated to continue the process, especially as you get closer to that goal.
You’ve probably heard the term, “eat the frog,” right?
It simply means to do the hardest task first to get it out of the way.
Once it’s done, you’ll feel relief and possibly accomplishment which can put you in a good mood for the rest of the day.
If you’re a journal lover, consider journaling your feelings as you embark on taking these actions.
For some of you, it may seem like no big deal to take action and make changes, but others can get stopped in their tracks with fear.
Rather than stay stuck, journal about your feelings, repeat your mantras and revisit the journal to write about the results of your actions.
When you see that the action was easier than you thought or the reaction from others was pleasant, you’ll find it easier to take additional actions.
If you’re a visual learner, consider tracking your actions on your calendar or in your planner or journal.
If you prefer digital tools over paper and pen, use mind mapping software to create a map of your goals along with the steps you need to take to make that goal a reality.
Make it a habit to look at your mind map first thing every day, even before email or social media.
Visual learners need to see the evidence in order to realize just how much progress they’ve made and having your actions written down in one place is a time saver.
Over time, you’ll find that these minor actions add up. You might not see the results on a daily basis (although sometimes you might!), but if you look back in 30 days or 6 months, you’ll notice radical shifts.
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