Sharpening My Vision

I’ve been struggling with a project lately, stumbling along knowing I’m capable of completing it and finding every reason in the world why I can’t. I start. I stop. I start. I stop. Rinse. Repeat. I’d begun to question whether it was a project I truly believed in, but through my daily pondering, I realized I not only believe in it, I’m passionate about completing it. I just have to figure out how to get past the excuses why I can’t.

In an odd bit of timing, the ever-wise Hanlie recently recommended
Excuses Begone!: How to Change Lifelong, Self-Defeating Thinking Habits by Dr. Wayne Dyer as a very worthwhile read. I’m surprised I didn’t get a moving violation rushing to the library to pick up a copy.

Have you ever been reading a book, nodding sagely now and then or skimming a bit as you flip-flip through the pages, and suddenly a sentence jumps off the page , slaps you across the face and shouts, “HEY! I’M TALKING TO YOU!!”

Get excited about your vision and know that when you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.(emphasis mine)

Well, don’t I feel like the proper idiot. Didn’t I already learn this? Didn’t I already write about it? Why couldn’t I see that this project wasn’t some huge, insurmountable chore to be accomplished, but a wonderful opportunity to explore something I’ve never done before and learn new things about the world and myself along the way? It worked with weight loss (and a few other areas, besides); why couldn’t it work with this? The answer, of course, is that it very likely will work. I’m just letting fear-based excuses get in the way.

*sigh* I think Cherie Carter Scott was right when she wrote, “Lessons are repeated until they are learned.”

I know that I don’t always have the answers at my fingertips, but I also know that I have ready access to them. I just have to remember to keep my eyes open and my vision sharp so that I might see them as they flit through the universe.

Changed any of your thinking lately?

13 thoughts on “Sharpening My Vision

    • Why, yes, I am! But I wasn’t trying to be coy, I promise. This *tendency* actually fits 3 projects I have going on now, though this one most profoundly at the moment. And it will probably fit future projects at some point along the way. I apparently am a slow learner. :) :)

  1. In answer to your question, sadly, the thinking I’ve had to change lately is that I’m invincible. I’ve come to realize that age alone will not stop me from achieving a quicker path to a low, healthy weight, but my lousy lungs are going to slow me down a bit. This doesn’t mean that I’m not going to continue my quest….it just means that I’ll have to be even more vigilant about not eating extra calories, because I’ll have a harder time burning off those calories with exercise since I seem to tire much faster.

  2. My thinking is doing somersaults lately…so much is changing…My favorite inspiration from Wayne Dyer is:

    Inspiration means living in spirit.

    All the excuses, and lessons repeated, only means we aren’t living in that realm. So much easier to say but believing it and taking the risks to get to that point is harder to do……yet much more rewarding!

  3. Over the course of the past year, my husband has decided he wants to work at least five more years (in the job he totally LOVES), but I’ve had to change my thinking as we’d planned for him to retire this year. The quote was really timely for me today – wish I’d heard it sooner. And really glad I’m finding new friends with similar interests who will help me fill this time with worthwhile adventures!!

  4. We are both talking about excuses today! You are a very wise woman, Cammy! Ellen loves Dr. Dyer & had him on her show a few times. I have not read the book. I do need some thinking change so…. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. I totally need this book, too! I’m kind of in the same boat as you about a project… only I’m also still trying to get a grip on what this project is exactly if that makes any sense. P.S. Can’t wait for your book!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. I have a problem with changing my way of thinking ๐Ÿ˜‰ My current lesson plan is “patience” as I wait for my body to heal enough to allow me to resume any semblance of activity. It’s tempting to throw the towel in on my eating plan also – but not gonna do it.

  7. Fear-based excuses getting in the way – BOY, do I know that drill. Recognizing it is half the battle, though so you’re already halfway there :)

  8. I almost spat my water all over the screen! “Ever-wise”? I must be a better actress than I give myself credit for…

    I absolutely adore Dr. Dyer though. At the moment I’m learning to change my thoughts surrounding lack and abundance. For me this is huge!

    Good luck with the project!

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