We have decided to make a change in our life, like quitting smoking. We throw away our cigarettes (or smoke them up) and announce to the world we are now a non-smoker. What changed? If I just polished off a bacon avocado cheeseburger (with fries of course) and then announce I am a vegan, am I? If we have a room full of exercise equipment or paid up gym membership does it mean we are physically fit? The principle is demonstration versus intention. Our intentions may be noble, but nothing happens until we take action and follow through. The question is: what course of action should we follow to be successful.
Change is a process; the new man is not born in a day. Wayne Dyer writes in The Power Of Intention: When we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change. Embracing this spiritual truth, we learn to think from the end. Consider: to quit smoking see yourself free of cigarettes, not as someone “trying” to quit. You have either quit or you haven’t, trying is destined to fail for who wants to “try” hard things like quitting smoking when there are easy things like smoking. If we are persistent in the changed approach soon the smoke free “new man” (or woman) you have built in your consciousness will emerge and you will be free of cigarettes. You did not quit smoking; you simply outgrew it. Think of it this way: when children we did not know that the last time we played hide and seek or made mud pies or built a fort was the last time, it just was. We could have made more pies or forts or organized a round of hide and seek, but we didn’t and we didn’t think about it, it just happened, part of our natural progression in thought and action, without conscious thought or plan on our part.
If getting physically fit is the goal, avoid making “deals” with yourself or picking a time or date to start. Instead, before the first sit-up or minute on the elliptical, start by seeing yourself exercising in your mind’s eye, visualize yourself exercising daily, throughout the day. Soon the urge to exercise will become overwhelming. The thoughts of “it’s hard”, “where will I find the time” and the like gone, just like the mud pies.
Train yourself to think from the end. Like any new activity, at first it will feel clumsy and unfamiliar. If you persist, it will become second nature, like riding a bike. Intention is the vision; you must provide the conditions within your consciousness for the ultimate success of your demonstration.
Oh, and there is nothing wrong with the occasional bacon avocado cheeseburger, with fries of course, after all, they are the food of the Gods.
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