Most folks today are followers. We're given a kind of set of 'instructions' from birth to death and we seldom, if ever, deviate from them.
Being taught, for example, to never question or 'disrespect' authority leads many of us into a life of obedience and un-necessary self-sacrifice to folks who do not even deserve such a position of power over us or anyone else.
I was once like you. I was taught through all of my youth that some people are just 'born to' do certain things. Sadly some of these 'things' included being happy, free, prosperous, and self-determining of one's future. Others, like myself I was told, had to just accept what life handed them.
Well, fortunately for me I'd ran into some problems just a few short years back that made me decide to choose whether I'd just accept what life had for me or to choose my own destiny. Without going into too much detail I faced either going to prison for a crime I never committed or to stand and fight the injustice, abuse of power, and blatant dishonesty all too common within the ranks of those who lust for power.
I chose the latter.
It was a struggle to be sure. After so many years of blind trust in religion, the police, family, and well-meaning 'friends' it was difficult to rely solely upon my own mind, reasoning ability, thought capacity, and courage. In addition, many of these 'friends' fell by the way-side when I began to question, and even disagree with, their well-intended, but all too ignorant, advice. When all was said and done all that were left were those all too precious and rare true friends.
At the end of the day though isn't that all any of us ever really want...our true friends?
But I digress...
In the midst of this particular struggle, I'd come across a book about something called NLP or Neuro-Linguistic-Programming (Neuro=Nervous system, Linguistic=Language or talk, Programming=a set of commands or instructions for pre-determined responses or actions for any computer-including the human brain). Now I'm not going to try to claim any sort of expert status here. I'm not even going to engage you in any sort of elaborate training.
I'm only here today to offer you one simple exercise that will demonstrate the effectiveness of how your brain, and what you tell yourself, can directly and measurably affect results obtained in your body and your life. From there, I'd suggest that you do a Google search for the term NLP, or maybe even, Anthony Robbins himself.
This maneuver will show you just the tiniest example of how you can take yourself beyond what you now believe to be your own limits. Here it is:
It's much easier to do and more 'fluid' if you read these instructions all the way through first and then do the exercise.
Standing with your feet together and your legs straight, bend over and come as close to touching your toes as possible. If you're able to touch your toes, fine, go as far as you can comfortably and without 'bouncing' or hurting yourself.
Make a note of how far you went. Did you reach all the way to your toes? Or, did you go all the way to the floor? Or are you like my incredibly agile children and put your palms flat on the floor (most folks never get that far the first time-believe me)? Regardless of how far you reached comfortably just make a mental note. Standing back up, close your eyes, picture in your mind how far you got. Then see yourself standing back up.
Without opening your eyes see yourself going a little farther in another imaginary attempt. I don't mean just an inch or two. If you reached, in reality the last time, to your toes then see yourself going out to the floor...maybe even resting your fist on the floor. See yourself going this far two or three times. With each mental repetition tell yourself, in a casual and relaxed fashion, 'I can do this.' Remember; you're only doing this part of the exercise in your mind.
Now, with your eyes open, actually do another stretch in reality. Again be careful not to bounce or strain; just don't limit yourself to your last result. Go for the distance that you visualized.
At this point; I bet dimes to doughnuts (because I do like my doughnuts) that you very well might have gone as far as you visualized.
Pretty amazing isn't it?
Basically what just happened is you've re-programmed your mind to let you relax enough to achieve a different result than you were used to. If you're from this planet, you're muscles are at a certain level of tension at all times, you're used to a certain level of physical activity, and you have a 'status-quo' as far as what you normally picture yourself doing, all due to what you've been taught, told or believe about yourself; and now you've given yourself a new set of instructions. As you now go and study NLP for yourself, you'll learn a wide variety of ways to apply this basic approach to all areas of your life whether it's physically, romantically, financially, or vocationally.
After you've made significant progress in your life; feel free to stop back and say hi.
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