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?