Tuesday, February 09, 2010
"The beginning of a habit is like an invisible thread, but every time you repeat the act you strengthen the strand, add to it another filament, until it becomes a great cable and binds us irrevocably, thought and act".....Orison Swett Marden
Through this work discipline you are beginning to form your personal goal quilt. Every one who reads this book and works with their Inner Coach has different goals. Even if the goals appear similar on the surface, such as sugar addiction or eating disorder management, weight loss, accelerated learning, improved memory and concentration, etc., the goal will take on the shape of the person, just as new shoes take on the shape of the foot as they are worn.
You all love to observe people who are high achievers. This observation helps to break down the walls of impossibility. You think, "If he or she did it, there is hope for me." Sometimes however, you say it consciously, but the subconscious is right there with a negative judgmental jibe, "You'll never succeed. Who do you think you are?!"
You are going to utilize role modeling at a different level of consciousness, a level where the judgment visitor cannot reach. You are going to plant seeds right into the subconscious mind where they will be nurtured, growing into beautiful prize-winning flowers, but first you must go off to the seed store to choose the seeds.
One seed you will be looking for is "a strong sense of purpose." This should sound familiar by now. You saw that seed when you were looking at persistence under the magnifying glass. Next you want a "sensory rich vision." This means that the goal is very clear to all your senses. You can see it, feel it, touch it, smell it and taste it! Image the picture of your goal and enhance the picture with as much emotion you can muster from all departments. This is sensory rich visioning. Another seed on your shopping list is "a strong belief in yourself." Also pick out the seed labeled "ability to plan and organize." Remember that one? Now choose "patience" and "perseverance." Add to the pile the "ease and willingness to acquire new learning and skills," "positive mentors or coaches,", and "a sense of play and pleasure in relation to work."
Later today take some time to go deeper down. Go to the area of your Goal-den path, stopping at several of your gardens, planting the seeds you acquired. It's a good idea to write the names of the seeds on an index card. Simply open your eyes at the garden, see yourself planting, watering and fertilizing those seeds. During the day, observe your breath, go directly to the garden, weed if necessary, water and fertilize those seeds.
Take some time now to do this inner work. Check which of your seeds need the most care and make notes of these.
And now some great affirmation fertilizer! Emotionalize these and place them in color and high action. While the words may be simple, the outcomes may be very complex.
• I care for my garden.
• I am focused on my seeds of self-discipline.
• I am growing patience and persistence.
• I like gardening in the mind.
If you have been following your new nutritional guidelines that you designed, you are already noticing both big and small changes. Perhaps you notice how your hunger patterns are changing. Is it easier to get through the morning without looking for a "quick fix?" If you are a smoker, you may be finding less desire to light up. This is not a coincidence. As you get the insulin in balance, you have fewer hypoglycemic dips and therefore you feel less stressed out. Many people smoke when they feel the body sensations that accompany these insulin imbalances, or use cigarettes to quell hunger. Now this is no longer necessary.
You may also find yourself getting more creative with your meal planning. This planning doesn't need to involve great cooking escapades. Of course, if you enjoy cooking, certainly go ahead, but if this is not your forte, you may still be thinking about your meals in new ways. Perhaps you have reintroduced shrimp, lobster, veal, pork or filet mignon into a noon time treat to accompany your fresh watercress or arugula salad. Eating like a king or queen. So many wonderful foods and so easy to prepare.
Go to your alpha state and take the deepening ride a bit further down. Mini self-hypnosis journeys release stress and provide the opportunity to program the mind for change right in the moment. Once you have arrived at the level you prefer, ask your Inner Coach to come forward with some suggestions of foods to add to you meals. Perhaps take a mind journey through the supermarket or to some specialty stores in your town. Notice how many foods you haven't eaten in awhile even though you already like them. Place these in the supermarket cart in your mind. You might also etch these finding further by writing some notes to yourself.
You are in a good brain wave place to plant, so please go ahead.
• I'm waking up nutritionally.
• My nutrition forms the basis for my mindbody functioning.
• I function at high levels.
• I enjoy planning my meals.
• I think a lot about myself and my nutrition.
• I'm becoming an expert at meal planning for me.
• My body celebrates my meals with the promise of good health.
• My meals hold deep meaning.
• I communicate with my body through my food choices and I am rewarded.
NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR...
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.