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It’s Never Too Late To Begin

It’s never to late to begin. It’s easy to look back on your life and think that you have wasted it chasing after rainbows and butterflies or sweating it out in a job you didn’t like because you needed the money or lacked the imagination to design your own life. The thing to remember is that we are the sum total of our decisions. The choices you are making now, will determine where you will be in 5 years time. It’s hard to fathom that. The immediacy of daily life and all the minor decisions you make on a daily basis seem inconsequential. Even if you make a big decision now, you won’t know the full impact of that decision until further out into the future when you can look back on the decision with perspective. Father_Time_by_Zerinity

That’s why it’s important to turn your intentions into goals. And not just any goals, but big scary goals. Goals that seem impossible to achieve in your present state. This gives your conscious mind something to focus on and your subconscious mind something to use as a beacon of light to guide you through the minor decisions and re-visions you make as you groove to life in the present.

I’ve been guilty of just drifting, perhaps taking the ‘live in the NOW’ to the extreme in that I am like a rudderless ship sometimes, completely beholden to the wind and the waves. On the one hand that’s cool, because as they say, the only time you truly have is the present. On the other hand, you have no idea where you’ll end up.  And when you get there, you’ll have to live with it, good or bad.

[pullquote align=”left”]Try changing your belief system for a week.[/pullquote] You have to have a vision of what you want to create and a dream of how that might look and manifest itself in your life. You have to have something you can play with in your active imagination. It’s through your active imagination that you create your reality. There is merit and mileage in the adage that you are what you think about most, and that the whole of the universe is perceived in your head. What your thinketh, you become.

Take a few moments now to digest that. What is your outlook on life? Are you liberal, conservative, or libertarian? Examine how your worldview manifests itself in your life? And by that I mean, how does being a liberal, conservative or libertarian influence the decisions you make? I chose political affiliations as an example, but you could substitute your religious or philosophical or practical beliefs for this exercise. The point is all of these things are systems of thought. There’s no inherent truth to any of them. They are upheld by beliefs and the meanings we assign to them – illusions that we make real through our thinking. SONY DSC

Try changing your belief system for a week. So if you are a liberal, act like a conservative for a week. Think like a conservative, be a conservative. See how that effects the decisions you make. Don’t worry, you can go back to your old belief system at the end of the experiment.

See how changing your thinking changes your life.

I’d love to hear how you got on with this thought experiment. Drop your thoughts in the comments below.

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Photo Credits:
Father time – Zerinity
Time on Hand – Rob Ellis

 

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2 Comments

  • Catherine Kunst says:

    “I’ve been guilty of just drifting, perhaps taking the ‘live in the NOW’ to the extreme in that I am like a rudderless ship sometimes, completely beholden to the wind and the waves. On the one hand that’s cool, because as they say, the only time you truly have is the present. On the other hand, you have no idea where you’ll end up. And when you get there, you’ll have to live with it, good or bad.” – I love this.

    On the one hand I want to be able to control & plan, every event, happening, step on my path (*must reach goal*) and yet that makes it impossible to see or seize once in a lifetime opportunities or, at times, to even simply enjoy a day, a moment.

    There has got be a happy medium between driving forward and being tossed by fate. I just haven’t found it yet. I seem to fluctuate between driving hard and coasting. When I lose enough ground, and hit some threshold of laziness (?) or self loathing, it starts over again – set goals, drive hard,…achieve….hit some plateau…coast….start to slide backwards…wash, rinse, repeat. It’s really only at the plateaus/coasting that I immerse well in the moment.

    • clay lowe says:

      Thank you Cathy, for your thoughts.

      I was reflecting on your words while sipping my morning cup of joe. I wonder if the happy medium resides in this idea of a ‘life purpose.’ That if we are fulfilling our life purpose through our way of being and our work, then the ‘path’ isn’t outside of ourselves, and what measures and goals we set are fulfilling in and of themselves because they are in harmony with and bring us closer to the fulfilment of that purpose. And maybe the wash, rinse, repeat is the universe’s way of saying we still haven’t got it right yet – we haven’t learned what we needed to learn from the last cycle of wash, rinse, repeat.

      Maybe we get caught in this cycle because we ignore our purpose because it’s not what we thought it was or should be. So we set goals and discipline ourselves to achieve what our EGO-mind wants us to achieve or what is conducive with out conditioning or our logic. Maybe the answer lies in the space of non-thinking where we know without knowing.

      I think you and I are reaching a place where we are tired of the the wash, rinse, repeat cycle. It is time for us to move forward or forever remain in wash, rinse, repeat mode.

      Clay

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