Opting Out of Small Beliefs

A friend who recently began a weight loss journey in earnest texted this morning saying, “Dry heaves suck.”

No argument there.

He went on to explain that he’d just climbed a monster mountain on his bike, and it was more than his body could handle.

But, he explained, “Progress doesn’t come easy.”

Well, maybe not for him.

But it does for me.

That “no pain, no gain” philosophy is one of many popular thoughts that I opt out of.

Gotta draw the line somewhere!

And since we’re making it all up, why not make it better?

I reminded myself how it is for me:

For me, progress comes every time I laugh, every time I love, every time I feel better.

That means progress happens in my sleep, and in my enjoyment, and yes, even in my tears of relief.

Progress comes easy for me.

Because I said so. Because I choose it.

We run across different beliefs all the time that we can either submit to (because “everyone” knows that’s how it is), or that we can upgrade per our preferences.

That’s what conscious creators know – that we call our own shots. We opt in or opt out based on how we focus.

That is within our power to choose.

I personally prefer that the more money I spend, the more money I have. Some people spend money and have less. (That’s muggle math for you.)

To make more I just need to spend more, with joy in my heart.

Took some practice, but I like it much better that way. As long as I don’t buy into the contrary version, so it must be for me.

I like it that my health is dependent only on my level of enjoyment. Whether in food, drink or movement – all my body needs to thrive is happiness and joy. Regardless of carbs, calories, fat grams, steps taken or max heart rate achieved.

Joy equals thriving body. For me.

I like it that the older I get, the better I become. Age improves me and my experience of life. Decline is for others to choose. I’m going a different route.

It isn’t always easy to choose differently than everyone else is. But with practice, you get better.

So the next time you hear someone say something that feels off to you (“This country is going to hell in a hand-basket”), or something that crushes your spirit just a little (“All the good ones are taken”), remember that it doesn’t have to be that way for you.

You get to choose for yourself. And when you choose something better, I guarantee you’ll find you’re not the only one tapping into bigger beliefs. There’s actually good company in it.

  • August 29, 2017
  • Charlotte812 says:

    Abraham always stresses some variation of, ‘Nothing is more important than that I feel good.” Recently, after listening to some of the calls on receiving, I have been saying this to to myself. After I do, I notice a lightness in my mood and this blog as well as the corresponding Podcast really affirmed this notion of how important it is to find ease and joy whenever possible in everyday moments of life.
    Thanks Jeanette!!

  • april says:

    Excellent reminder! Another great article.

  • great reminder of how to keep the good vibes going… meditation helps so much… that feeling of ease…i have good days where i feel i am totally in the flow and feeling it. working on making the habit of all days like this…

  • Danielle says:

    I think this might be my favorite blog of all time! It perfectly sums up what LOA is to me and how it all works. I’m going to print this one out and hang it on the wall. Thanks Jeannette!

  • Namaste says:

    Love how this article flips one limiting belief after another! Great read =)

  • Love this Jeannette. My focus right now is amping up the feeling of “ease” in my life and I loved your take on “progress.” Holding onto that one.

  • Lizette says:

    LOVE this and just had to share my 2c. 🙂 Earlier this year, I was at my heaviest ever. Spending countless hours a day in front of the PC, and making excuses why I could not exercise. At the end of March we went to a beautiful trails place and I tried to walk, because I was tired of being left out. I couldn’t get to 1km (3/4 mile) due to terrible pain in my back / leg. Well, I finally manifested a trip to a chiropractor and that was life altering! Now I walk 3 x 5km a week at least with no pain and my health improved in so many ways. TBH, I didn’t really believe walking was going to help me lose weight, so I told myself that walking next to the ocean would be good for the mind and soul, and the fresh air would be good for the mind. Well, now that I’m 7kgs down while pouring as much love (read: burgers, pizza, lots of cookies and hot chocolate) down my gullet, I’m just loving the whole experience. Enjoyment = success! 🙂

  • Katy says:

    Wooo Love this!! It is because I say it’s so!! 😉
    I have been playing around with more deliberate LOA actions each day…making a commitment to see and desire what i want and more turning away from what is (if not to my liking)
    So I love this reminder that it REALLY is our choice, every single, darn time.
    Going to borrow some of your statements as they apply to me too!
    Thanks Jeannette!

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