Friday, August 12, 2011

Obstacles Lie... (Read Time: 2 min.)

Do you believe what your obstacles are telling you about you?

There's a tendency to look at long-standing obstacles as insurmountable circumstances. Far too many of us get caught up in the belief that the problems we face are bigger than our ability to solve them. When you find yourself stuck in a mental pattern of believing that there's nothing you can do about the situation, here's the ONE thing you need to do to get unstuck...

Convince your mind that you CAN overcome the obstacle.

If your mind just popped up with, "Easier said than done", that's exactly my point. You get what you believe. Even though you might be saying, "I can overcome this", what's the real feeling and belief behind your words? What you believe will always manifest in action. If you've been dealing with a situation for years and haven't taken a proactive stance in improving it, guess what you're really saying? "I have no control over this... Things won't change... It doesn't matter what I do..." Is that how you want to live your life?

Your powerfulness or powerlessness will be determined by you. Yes, there will be circumstances outside of your control. Yes, you will encounter bumps along the road. But what is your mind focused on: the obstacle or the solution? Where do you go mentally every time something doesn't go your way? Are you ready for defeat or are you counting on success? It's a mindshift and it won't get made without a commitment to do so.

So here's the commitment: Use the next seven days to deliberately say a positive word about everything. This is a tall order so get yourself ready.

For example, if you have a long commute to work and you get in your car every morning thinking "There's probably going to be traffic", that's what Norman Vincent Peale (in The Power of Positive Thinking) calls a little negative. Reframe that. Instead of expecting the obstacle (traffic), expect a positive outcome. It doesn't have to be Pollyannaish in nature but you can choose to think "I'm going to have an enjoyable ride into work." Now you might still get traffic but if your mind is focused on having an enjoyable ride then you'll bring an audio CD or your ipod and listen to music or podcasts you love. Either way, the trip is enjoyable.

Join me for the next seven days and cleanse your mind.


"A mind free of negatives produces positives,

that is to say, a clean mind will deliver power."

- Norman Vincent Peale

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