Friday, January 29, 2010
"All things are difficult before they are easy.".........John Morley
The idea, thought, group of thoughts or the "old story" that things are too hard, too complicated, too painful, etc., etc. can keep you locked up, just as if you were in a prison without a key in sight. And so, let me give you the Key in the form of an idea. Perhaps you've known this before and of course, you have known this, but this time you will act on it in new ways, for that is the purpose of your reading my work.
It is important to develop a strong belief in your ability to carry out the plan towards your goal. Sometimes you are not even aware that you don't have this belief, so let's go ahead and do some inner checking.
Focus on your breath for a minute and gently allow the following question to arise. "Can I achieve this goal?" The answer will come before the question is even completely out of your mouth...the mind works very fast! If you get a resounding "YES" just smile knowingly. If, however, you get a weak little "yes maybe" or a resounding "NO", you have some additional work to do. These answers were returned to you from your subconscious mind based on past experiences and beliefs. This does not mean that they are correct, nor does it mean that these beliefs cannot be changed. These needs will form some of your focus work for today.
It is important to start growing some plans for persisting and final goal expectation.. Your inner plans should be organized from start to finish. Don't worry if they appear weak or impractical in the beginning, because as you become involved in the unfolding of the goal, the plans will become stronger and more perfected. Plan to spend some time each day perfecting your organized plans. As you do this exercise, your willpower will increase, as will your ability to persist. If you notice difficulties in evolving a plan of action, have another look at the goal, making certain you really desire it and that there is some definite purpose for the work you are proposing.
The act of organized planning leads to the development of habit and persistence is the direct result of habit. Your mind will become absorbed by the daily experiences on which it feeds, and since these are directly related to your goal achievement, you will continue to move closer and closer. On occasion you will hit a stumbling block....just notice it and step right over it. Some blocks are small and some are much bigger....it really doesn't matter to the person in pursuit of the goal. Stumbling blocks are a signal to move past or over. If you notice the arrival of the emotion called "fear", just label it and refocus on your breath and your goal. You will certainly be doing more work with emotional visitors in days to come.
Take time to enter your alpha brain wave state and go deeper down than before. You learned many deepening exercises earlier in the book and it's always a good idea to review them and to keep them active in practice. After you read this exercise, close your eyes and begin the work. Enter your inner or subconscious library and notice that your Inner Coach is standing next to the subconscious librarian fingering some of your organized goal plans. Go ahead over and pick up the plans. Notice that your goal areas are written on the top of each plan. Begin to review them one by one. After reviewing each one, open your eyes and make some notes of important findings.
Notice that affirmations have already organized themselves on the inner screen of your mind. This time they brought their own action images, some even with sound.
• I work on my organized planning daily.
• I review my plans and they are clear to me.
• Details of my plans magically appear on my mind screen.
• My plans are alive and speak volumes to me.
Go back to the beginning of your food logs and notice that your Inner Coach has indicated areas that need some change. Some changes are very small. It's easy for you to see these now. . Have you made these changes yet? If you haven't I would like you to choose just one change to make today. Perhaps you will choose the easiest one for you, or maybe you will choose the most difficult one. Whichever is fine. Often times you balk at change because it seems overwhelming. I want you to spend a few moments with your breathing at the alpha level and then see a picture of yourself with the change already made. See how happy and pleased you look. It really was quite easy.
The opportunities to change something nutritionally are all around you. Every day you should attempt to get a bit better at managing our nutrition. Perhaps you could make a list of all the things you didn't eat or drink that interfered in the past with your optimum functioning. Even something as small as only having one cup of coffee instead of two or three, is a step in the right direction. Long term success is made up of many small achievements day after day.
Notice your Inner Coach has become more active and whispers in your ear. Sometimes it is about things to do or change, but other times it is about celebrating things you have changed. Take some time now to note some messages you have received: ___________
The Inner Coach is placing affirmations for you today and notice they are in color with powerful images that delight you.
• I care for myself at high levels.
• I am aware of my food and drink intake.
• I enjoy keeping my food logs.
• My awareness is expanding......
It would be a good idea to relax deeply before reading this work. A light alpha state would be great and allow the images to truly etch in your subconscious mind. Read this as if I were writing you a letter about things I've noticed about you.
Yesterday you worked with the goal pictures encircled with white. Today I want you to place a picture of yourself with your new belief in that circle of white. See yourself achieving your goal and especially notice how easy it was to do this. You might even see and hear yourself repeating, "This is so easy. I had no idea this would be so easy."
You might see yourself organizing your plans to achieve your goal. Notice how relaxed you are and how you are so focused in your intent to organize the plans. The plans come easy to you. The pictures are clear and you may even see the list of plans in the white circle. Maybe you can't read them from where you are sitting, so just reach forward and take the organized plan list in your hand and place it on your lap.
When you are finished with this exercise, pick up the list and read it. Do this exercise even if you have a strong belief about your ability to carry out the organized plans to reach your goals. You can all use all the determination you can muster. This is a great opportunity to build strength in this self-development department.
As you see your belief in the white circle, what stands out? ________________________
I've added these affirmation plants in my letter to you. They play out like little television programs. Remember to allow your subconscious mind to fill in the details.
• My beliefs are clear.
• I can see my plans developing.
• I enjoy doing this work for myself.
This experiential blog/workshop is based on my new book, "How Many Cookies Will It Take to Make Me Happy?" This book is not published as yet, but you have the opportunity to read it in it's unpublished state. If you are new to my writing, you might want to read the earlier mini-chapters. They are available on FaceBook, The PublishersMarketPlace & at the following link. Remember to scan down to find the earliest chapters & work your way up. http://beyonddisorderlyeating.blogspot.com/
A bit of background.... we are working with creative Interactive Self-Hypnosis imagery, planting suggestions directly into the creative subconscious mind as you read along. What appears like a story is a series of self-hypnotic sessions, designed to bring about desired lifestyle changes. The inner mind is creative & rather child-like, loving to play with images, especially when they are emotionalized. Just like the saying, "a picture is worth a thousand words", well-planted mind images, can be worth hours of therapy. We can actually change or motivate in 1/200th of a second. So come along & look forward to some lifestyle-changing events.
Copyright 2009 Elizabeth Bohorquez, RN, C.Ht
May not be copied or reproduced without permission of the author.
Elizabeth Bohorquez, RN, C.Ht is author of Sugar...the Hidden Eating Disorder & How to Lick It. She is also the writer/producer of over 350 mp3/CD programs in the areas of medicine, health, prevention, addictions, self-development & sports for adults & children.