The reality is, and you’ve probably heard this quote before;
If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.Wayne Dyer
For those that do not know, Wayne Dyer was an American self-help author and a motivational speaker. So, what was he trying to say when he shared this quote? What does this quote reveal about life, and how can we interpret this message and apply it to our own lives?
This quote from Wayne packs in a lot of information about perspective, and specifically the importance of our own perspective, in relation to life. The greatest realisation we can make is that, at any one instant we have the ability to change the way we think about something, we have the ability to control our thoughts towards a particular situation. Although, sometimes external circumstances can seem like they force our hand into a particular action, we have the opportunity to accept this action as part of a much wider plan.
At any one instant we have the ability to change the way we think about something, we have the ability to control our thoughts towards a particular situation.
Often this control of thought is left to the subconscious mind because in the human brain’s wiring, it seeks to save as much energy as possible, keeping the same thought patterns are easier, changing these thought patterns generates much more resistance. That’s why sometimes it is difficult for example to begin your first day of a weight loss plan because your brain wants to keep doing things the way it always has, it has become comfortable. The human brain is naturally inclined to continually think in the same way that it has before, to consistently function in an ‘auto-pilot’ type mode.
This auto-pilot type mode is not your enemy, but it can be your biggest ally. Think about it like this… if your brain has been conditioned to make poor choices, it will continue to do so subconsciously, if you allow it to. On the converse, if your body has been conditioned to make healthy choices, it will continue to do so, if you allow it to. The trick to accessing the full itinerary of this pilot mode is in conditioning your mind to make better choices.
Like it was mentioned earlier, it is easier for the brain to keep making the same choices, it wants to conserve as much energy as possible. However, there is an illusion that positive choices actually present much more resistance, but in reality they present an equal resistance to poor choices.
This illusion is generated by the fact that transitioning from a brain conditioned to think poorly, to one conditioned to think healthily, requires a high level of focused energy, for a short period of time. When you’re constantly making poor choices, it seems much harder to make healthy choices. On the counter, if you’re constantly making healthy choices, it seems much harder to stop these healthy choices and make poor ones.
The key takeaway from this is…
If you want to live a life where you make healthy choices most of the time, you have to accept this one fact. There will be a period of immense resistance that challenges you and urges you to give in to the temptations of poor choices in the short term, However, once you beat this barrier, positive choices will naturally become a part of your life, and it will actually be more difficult to make poor choices than it will be to make positive ones.
This principle seems simple in theory, but can be difficult to apply. You must have a desire and be patient through the process of reaching a subconscious state of mind that wants to make positive choices. You may need to apply this principle to one area of your life at a time.
As your body naturally adapts to making healthier choices, you will see your life transform for the better in the long term.
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