Today's post, however, has nothing to do with grammar and everything to do with word usage. Words and thoughts, actually.
Some people advance the idea that thoughts create things. Others believe the wishes a person holds in their heart are most often realized. Another set of folks utilize the philosophy of “act as if your wish has already happened.” I think a combination of the above works best. Here's why.
When you attempt to change your life using only your thoughts, you are open to doubt. For example, you may want a new job. You ponder on a new job and imagine how nice it would be to get away from your co-worker who steals your ideas then messes them up. Perhaps you send out a resume or get an interview. But entwined with the “good” thoughts are the ones that make you wonder if you really want to leave the current employer. After all, the co-worker will get his/hers eventually, your salary is good, the economy is recovering but who knows what could happen with a new company. At least you know the one you're with is stable. Maybe you shouldn't leave after all.
Operating from your heart's desire is stronger. Heart's desire, powered with love, is the strongest form of energy we know. You can really get things done this way! Is there a down side? I think so. When you ask for change with all your heart, you will get it. But perhaps the change is not really what you want once it appears. Going back to the prior example, you ask for a new job without putting thought into what it will look like. You get the new position, but the job doesn't meet your needs. Why not? Because you asked for change without giving direction. Sometimes this is great, other times, not so much.
Acting as if your wants are real is wonderful. It is play acting at its best and brightest. Some athletes use it to good effect, picturing themselves hitting a home run before the pitch is thrown, or visualizing themselves winning a race. Cool stuff. So after you've accomplished your short-term goal, then what? You set another life's destination, right? Question: how do you know these quick goals will result in lasting joy? If you visualize without an ongoing desire in mind, your wins may seem empty.
Now combine the three methods.
- Think about how you want your life to be. Write your thoughts down.
- Then ask yourself if the changes to your current lifestyle are your heart's desire or outside stimuli. Go to a quiet place and listen carefully to your soft inner voice. Be honest. Is your heart desiring a new car or is that blaring televsion commercial finally getting to you?
- Act as if you have already accomplished the change. When your self-doubt begins shouting that your hopes can never be realized, take a deep breath. Then tell your doubt to shut up and turn your attention to imagining what you really want. Repeat as necessary, remembering to open your heart to the possibilities of your desires.
Often you'll get more than you dreamed. Remember in all these steps to allow yourself to receive the gifts you request. You do deserve the best – bring it on!
A happy, intentioned life's journey to you. I'd love to read your comments about my theory.