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.