“When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.” – Viktor E. Frankl
Daily Nugget of Gold 1356
Life Altering Thoughts
Last time, we left you with a discussion on how if you’ve ever seemed to have gotten sick eating out a particular place or a certain food- you’ve probably stopped going there or eating that for some time. This can happen whether or not the food involved was the culprit. It’s not the food we’ve developed the aversion to, it’s the thought of it and what we suspect it did.
This is an impression on the deeper part of our mind- the part which is in charge of keeping us alive in spite of our occasional lapses of judgment. Even if we suspect our conclusion was based on false evidence, we have a very difficult time of trying to do anything but follow our instincts and avoid the offending thing. What this presents to us is a golden opportunity to change the definition of what a particular thing or habit means to us by using the subconscious mind’s natural tendencies to form conclusions and create an aversion or an attraction where none existed before.
There’s another side to this, of course. If we can recognize that a particular input is squashing our ability to be creative and loving, for example, real or imagined- we can better deal with it by changing the meaning it had originally. This is real power, because the subconscious works silently and tirelessly in the background using the information it takes in. It doesn’t differentiate based on truth, not at all. What it uses to form iron-clad preferences and conclusions is emotional power or strength, trauma and exhilaration- and the more emotional an event is, the stronger the bond and reaction we will have. Highly emotionalized events affect us the most.
So, suppose we have a destructive habit, how can we rid ourselves of that? One way would be to witness the destruction. Do some research on it, dwell in how horrible the eventual outcome might be if we keep it up. Here, as with many things, the internet is a wonderful tool. Next, we want to make what we’ve witnessed personal. How we do that is to think in vivid detail, seeing in our mind’s eye just how destructive this behavior is going to be to us a year from now, 5 years from now, and 10 years from now. Carry on these visions out into the future to where they provide ultimate pain. Make these visions as clear and crisp to ourselves as if we were living them and feeling the emotions of them happening now. Don’t skimp on how realistic your visions become.
Next, we want to see ourselves take a different course, one free of the destructive habit. How much better will our life be 1 year, 5 years or 10 years into the future? Look at the faces of your loved ones and family, make this vision super-clear as well. See how proud you are of yourself, see how happy you and your loved ones are, and feel the feelings of intense joy as you dwell on your accomplishment. The more vivid and real we can build these mental images and all the emotions associated with them, the better. Do this exercise again and again and if you make the visions real enough, the old habit will fall away and without much fuss. Be the best you that you can be using the power of your subconscious mind to drive you to your destination.
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“What can I do to improve my life starting right now?”
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