Day 5: Know Where to Go for Help

Someone once told me that whatever the issue, there is a book somewhere that addresses it. And, as obvious as it may sound, that to me was new.

I’ll be honest and say that at this point I’ve failed more than I’ve succeeded at walking up at 4AM. The positive is that I’ve been able to keep this part of the commitment – writing daily with a 5.30AM delivery time. This means that I need a better strategy for my 4AM endeavours. Postponing so often the 4AM to 5AM means that I’ve been reinforcing this type of behaviour in the past 4 days. I have some readings lined up for today, one of which is the ‘Awaken the Giant Within’ book. I won’t be reading it cover to cover, but focus on some exercises that will help me overcome this challenge.

If you have any books that have been helping you when you got stuck, I’d be happy to learn about it.

The Three Words to Live Without

Photo by Alexander Andrews

Perception creates reality and the words we use represent what’s within us. It’s all a fairly straightforward manufacturing system starting with the raw product – the inner self – and finishing with the polished reality we adhere to.

The choice of words when expressing emotions shifts realities. The way Tony Robbins expresses it, words are molds in which we pour what’s within us. We all have a limited number of molds – hate, anger, sadness, under the weather-ness – that we use to express our feelings. An exercise I found useful is:

1. Find top three words that don’t serve you. Those words that, when used, distort your reality in a negative way. The molds that were broken to begin with.

2. Can you think of better words to replace them with? Maybe made-up words?

3. Stick to using the new words for a month

Eg. I feel like crap ->> I feel like creple (from the French crepe – pancake)

The point is making different neuro-connections and not adding weight to negative emotions by labelling them in a way that amplifies them. What are your three words?