Do you focus on your struggles?
Many times we get so caught up in focusing on what we don’t want that we forget that we can change our mindset. Have you forgotten?
If so, I’m glad you’re reading this. I forget sometimes too……and have to remind myself that I can change my mindset.
I like to think of my mindset as if it were a television. When I realize I’ve spent way too much time on a broadcast that depresses me and makes me feel worse I can change the channel. And you can change your channel too.
There will always be struggles and challenges in our lives. That’s just part of life. The sooner we accept this and find a way to navigate challenges without letting them dictate our state of mind the happier we will be overall.
It’s okay to be unhappy and upset when things happen. That’s normal and you’re human after all. There is a point however that we have to pick ourselves up and deal with what life has dealt us. We can’t wallow in our negative mindset and expect to feel better. Once the initial shock and pain has subsided it’s time to do what’s necessary.
The only thing we truly can control is our mindset
The truth is we have little control over any circumstances other than our mindset so, to let circumstances keep us focused on the station that reruns the same depressing show over and over is insane. We must choose to change the channel away from the one rebroadcasting the obstacles and challenges in our lives. Choosing to change the channel showing our problems doesn’t mean we ignore them. The problems are real and they aren’t going away unless we DO SOMETHING!
Doing something about our problems is the way out of them. No amount of wishing or visualizing and repeating affirmations is going to change things until we take action.
Want a better job? Get your resume cleaned up!
Want to improve your health? Get rid of the junk food!
Want a loving partner? Be the loving partner that you wish to attract!
Want to support yourself with your spiritual or healing gifts? Learn to market yourself.
But we can feel better while we work our way out of our problems. That’s what changing the channel is all about.
When you take action it’s important to focus on what you want and not what you don’t. Instead of focusing on how much you dislike the current job you’re in while you’re looking for a new one turn your thought process around. Focus on how you would feel if you already had a job you love. Tap into those emotions right now. Send out those resumes, call up old colleagues and see if they know of any openings and go to networking meetings while you’re feeling all pumped up and excited about already having this awesome new job.
You’re attitude pervades everything that you do. Feeling great, as if you already have a job you love, while taking action is going to open more doors than going around complaining and whining about your current job.
How to Change the Channel On Your Mindset in 5 Steps:
1. Define the problem. What’s eating you? Hate your job, dislike where you live, want lose weight, not making enough money?
2. What would you like instead? Ask yourself what you would like instead? A job you love, a home in a place you love, a healthy strong slim body, having more than enough money to have and do everything you desire? Be specific!
3. Elicit the emotions behind having what you’d like instead. Ask yourself this magic question: Why do I want “this” instead? Here’s an example: Say you are focusing on how unhappy you are in your current home. You ask yourself what you’d like instead and you say you’d like to live in a house overlooking a river in mountains.
Now ask the “magic” question: Why? You reply, “Because I love seeing mountains as far as the eye can see and I love seeing water. But why…….keep digging until you hit the emotion behind the reason you want what you want. You ask “why” again and the answer is because you feel blissful, joyous and at peace when you’re in a natural setting. So now you’ve gotten to the root of the emotion you want to tune into: joy and peace.
4. Change the channel! Put your attention on the beautiful way you feel in your new mountain home overlooking a river. See the house….the garden, the soaring mountains all around you and the sparkling water as it rushes downriver. Feel the joy and peace and the thrill of living where your soul is nourished.
5. Take inspired action. Now with this feeling in the forefront of your mind take the actions you need to take to change the circumstances of your life. Call the realtor you met in the grocery checkout line……..visit some open houses for properties along the river, clean out a few closets in preparation for your move. Indulge your senses in the emotions and experience of owning a home in your ideal spot.
I guarantee that if you change your channel from your struggles, problems and what you don’t want in your life to the channel that features what you want and makes you feel AMAZING and take action to change your circumstances your life will ultimately become an amazing reflection of the emotions you feel. Try it now!
What channel is your mindset on? What channel would you prefer to watch instead? How will this impact your life?
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This article was inspired by one of my all time favorite books: Excuse Me Your Life is Waiting by Lynn Grabhorn
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Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow. –Melody Beattie, Author.
I receive a lot of email from subscribers asking for guidance with their problems.
Many people think that because you publish articles you must have all the answers. But, I’m here to tell you the truth: I don’t always have all the answers. I’m doing the best I can in life just like you are and learning as I go.
When I do have an answer or get an intuitive sense of what might be of help I share that with readers.
What I do know for sure is that, I learn a lot from answering your questions. Many times your questions make me think about things I would have otherwise never thought of so, for that I wish to say “thank you” for helping me grow as a human being.
Today I’m going to share the answers to two questions that are very timely due to the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.
Why can’t I move forward in my life? No matter what I do I can’t accomplish what I want and nothing ever gets any better. I’m afraid my life is never going to meet my expectations. I’m in a pointless dead-end job and a relationship that’s not going anywhere. Please help my life stinks!
I’m sorry to hear that your life stinks but I have a feeling that it may not be as bad as you think. I don’t want to minimize what you are feeling and since I haven’t “walked a mile in your moccasins” this is just my take on it.
First, congratulations! You have a job and you have a relationship – that is already more than most. I’m also assuming since you didn’t mention it that you have a roof over your head too and food to eat?
One of the biggest reasons people find their lives stuck in idle is because they are impatient and want to transform their lives really quickly. The truth is though that until you become grateful for what you have right now and acknowledge your achievements to date you will not move forward.
Gratitude is the secret ingredient that most people forget to add when trying to create the life of their dreams. To get unstuck it takes a tremendous amount of power to go from standing still to blasting off! And that power is GRATITUDE.
You need to tell yourself a couple of times a day, no ten times, no make that one hundred times per day: I am grateful for my wonderful life! (the more the better).
I am grateful for my magnificent, miraculous body!
I am grateful for my fabulous health!
I am grateful for my high energy level!
I am grateful for my loving family and wonderful supportive friends!
I am grateful for my stable home life and the roof over my head!
I am so grateful for my job and the lifestyle it affords me!
I am very grateful for being able to pay my bills!
And whatever else you can think of to be grateful for.
You see, once you start focusing on all that you have right now you begin building up an enormous reserve of power within you. This is the secret power of gratitude that you can use later on to help you blast off into creating the future you desire.
Until you learn to see and be thankful for what you have now you will remain stuck. The Universe is telling you that you’re not yet ready to move into the life of your dreams because you haven’t acknowledged the life you currently have.
Give thanks for what you currently have and all you have achieved to date. Pat yourself on the shoulder and tell yourself how brilliant you are for what you have created thus far. Then throw that impatience of yours out the window and focus on today.
As you give thanks what will happen is that the power of gratitude within you will grow so big and so powerful that it will explode and propel you right into the future you have been dreaming of creating for yourself!
Contrary to what you might think we never grow a little bit every day but in huge leaps and bounds all at once. Gratitude is the energy that will eventually create a huge mental and emotional shift that expands your consciousness and moves you to the next stage of growth in your life.
So get busy getting grateful and then get ready for blast-off ’cause it’s coming!
My chronic aches and pains are keeping me from being at the top of my game. I know I could achieve a lot more if I didn’t have my chronic conditions holding me back. I do affirmations about my health all the time and also go for spiritual treatments such as Reiki but nothing makes me feel better or gets rid of them completely. I don’t want to complain but I’m ready to give up. Why can’t I get rid of my ailments?
I’m so sorry to hear that you aren’t well. I don’t know what I would do if I was in constant pain. I think you ought to give yourself a lot more credit for what you’re able to achieve despite being unwell.
I’m not a doctor – and I can’t give any advice as to your condition but I will share my intuitive opinion with you.
I’m going to refer back to what I said in question one. I think focusing on what is going right in your life will help. Give thanks for what you have and count your blessings.
I don’t think saying an affirmation such as, “I am healthy” when you’re not feeling well is going to accomplish much. It is telling yourself a lie. You know you don’t believe this affirmation so it doesn’t work.
Furthermore, if you have been to countless doctors and cannot get relief from the chronic ailments then maybe it’s time to shift your focus to what you can control instead?
Perhaps that is the entire point or lesson for you in all this? Maybe you would benefit from not wasting your energy on something that isn’t going to change? I’m not saying don’t try to get well or find a doctor who can help you but try to place more emphasis on what’s right with your life instead. I wonder if you began doing gratitude work if the severity of the ailments might diminish or go away entirely? I don’t know for sure but I don’t think it can hurt to try.
Also, sometimes we (including me) tend to think that because we are spiritual people, use affirmations, go to spiritual healers, do spiritual work on ourselves, etc., that our lives should be free of all problems but, I don’t think that is realistic. The only time we will no longer face problems and challenges is when we have died. My advice here is to not beat yourself up. You’re not doing anything wrong – you are just doing the best you can and that is all anyone of us can do.
I also think it might help to stop claiming ownership of the pain too. Don’t refer to these conditions or pains as, “my chronic ailments or pains.” Stop “owning” them. Every time you catch yourself doing this – give yourself a good sharp pinch and say, “No – stop it!” Get yourself out of the habit of making the ailments a part of you.
Offer assistance to someone who needs it and put your attention on others instead of yourself as much as all possible. There are numerous studies that show that when we help others in need we actually feel better too. I read somewhere that author, Neale Donald Walsch says that our lives are not about us but about how we affect others. Reading that impacted my view of life deeply. Perhaps it will help you to put your life into perspective too?
You are not your ailment nor your pain. I hope you find relief. In any case – do give thanks for all that is right in your life. I bet there is more than you think.
Are you giving thanks for what is right in your life? What do you have to be grateful for? Leave comment and let us all celebrate together.
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“Your life is a reflection of your assumptions.” –Noah St. John
This is an interview with Noah St. John about his new book,“The Book of Afformations.”
If affirmations haven’t worked try “Afformations” instead.
Afformations are positive questions that spur the subconscious mind to search out and create the reality you desire based on supplying the answers to these questions, or “afformations.”
1. Can you explain the difference between an “afformation” and an “affirmation?
An affirmation is a positive statement of something you would like to be true in your life.
For example, a classic affirmation is, “I am rich.”
The problem is, when most people say “I am rich”, the very next though in their brain is, “Yeah, right!”
The problem is that most people don’t believe the positive statements they’re saying.
That’s why I invented Afformations, which are empowering questions that activate your brain’s embedded presupposition factor – which means that when you ask a question, your brain is wired to start searching for the answers.
Editor’s note: Instead of using the affirmation “I am a rich,” here’s an example of an afformation: “Why do I allow myself to be as wealthy as I’ve always wanted ?”
2. What is it and why do most people have “success anorexia?”
Success anorexia is a condition that causes people to starve themselves of success. Symptoms of success anorexia include self-sabotage, holding yourself back from success, and driving down the road of life with one foot on the brake.
3. Why are Afformations the “missing piece to an abundant lifestyle?” Will they cure “success anorexia?”
I discovered Afformations on the morning April 24, 1997 in The Shower That Changed Everything when I asked myself a simple question that changed my life…
“Why are we going around saying statements we don’t believe, when the human mind automatically responds to something even more powerful?”
That’s when I invented Afformations – empowering questions that immediately change your subconscious thought patterns from negative to positive.
I think the people who will benefit most from The Book of Afformations are the people who have already spent lots of money on every self-help or “money-making” program out there… but still feel stuck.
That’s because Afformations have helped over 250,000 people in 178 countries to make more money, lose weight, improve relationships, and find peace of mind faster, easier, and with far less effort.
4. How has using Afformations affected your own life? Can you give us some examples of its benefits?
Thousands of people have written to me from around the world, thanking me for giving them “the missing piece” and the “secret sauce” to an abundant lifestyle.
While I couldn’t pick one single story out of the thousands, one of my favorite real-life Afformations success stories comes from Susan, who came to us “penniless” (her word) and $56,000 in credit card debt. She had also spent tens of thousands of dollars on every “self-help” program out there, but was definitely struggling.
She heard about Afformations from a friend and decided to try it. In less than 6 months, Susan had found a job as a TV producer for a national television show, had built a six-figure income, and has just finished writing her first book.
We also have stories of people who have used Afformations to find the love of their lives, grow their business, get more clients, and find freedom and happiness.
5. What impact will following the Afformations System of: Ask, Afform, Accept & Act have on readers’ lives? Should readers expect to see changes in their lives and if so, how quickly?
Afformations aren’t magic; they’re science. The irony of Afformations is that every person on Earth is already using Afformations – they just don’t realize they’re doing it.
Also, many people are skeptical of “self-help” teachings because they’ve spent lots of money on other programs that haven’t produced the results they were hoping for.
For example, Brandon was an insurance salesman from Salt Lake City. He had spent over $30,000 on every self-help program under the sun… but he was still stuck, broke, and making less than $1,500 a month.
After he heard about Afformations from a friend, Brandon decided to try it – even though he was very skeptical. But the results were amazing. In the first 30 days of using Afformations, Brandon’s sales tripled.
And by the end of the year, his income had increased more than 560% over the previous year.
Have you tried affirmations? What were your results? Are you willing to try afformations instead?
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Author Bio: Noah St. John is a personal development expert and the author of “The Book of Afformations.” Check out his book and get a bonus chapter of his book here.
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