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"You can have the results you say you want, or you can have all the reasons in the world why you can’t have them. But you can’t have both. Reasons or results. You get to choose."


Susan Carlson

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Action first


I have always believed, and still do, that we become what we think.


Thoughts become actions and actions become who we are.


But what if it also works that actions change thoughts?


What if we try things we never thought we could do?  What if we succeed?  We then must change our belief that we could not do that thing.  Which must then make us wonder what else we can do.


A few years ago I changed a basic belief: I hate exercise.  I had a knee reconstruction in 2003 and discovered I loved cycling when I had to do it as part of my therapy.  Booking a personal trainer a year later led to the discovery I love running even more.  Now when I can't run I miss it desperately.


This year I changed another basic belief: I am not artistic.  I signed up for a beginners painting class.  My expectations were that I would produce ordinary paintings but enjoy the process.  Well, I am not ever going to sell my art, but I am a good beginner and I do love the process.  That led me to book a glass slumping class.  Again I loved the process and the results are great for a beginner.  My husband calls me 'my artistic wife' with pride in his voice.


So rather than wait for some magic fairy to come by and change my belief that I fail at weight loss attempts, I should lose weight and prove myself wrong!


I wonder what else I am wrong about?  Food for thought!

2 comments:

anne h said...

We might be *wrong* about alot of things!
Let's hope so!

Just Me said...

Hopefully we're not wrong and find out that lettuce has been fattening all along - lol. Love your post. It shows that you are open-minded and willing to learn. Prove yourself wrong one step at a time.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Action first


I have always believed, and still do, that we become what we think.


Thoughts become actions and actions become who we are.


But what if it also works that actions change thoughts?


What if we try things we never thought we could do?  What if we succeed?  We then must change our belief that we could not do that thing.  Which must then make us wonder what else we can do.


A few years ago I changed a basic belief: I hate exercise.  I had a knee reconstruction in 2003 and discovered I loved cycling when I had to do it as part of my therapy.  Booking a personal trainer a year later led to the discovery I love running even more.  Now when I can't run I miss it desperately.


This year I changed another basic belief: I am not artistic.  I signed up for a beginners painting class.  My expectations were that I would produce ordinary paintings but enjoy the process.  Well, I am not ever going to sell my art, but I am a good beginner and I do love the process.  That led me to book a glass slumping class.  Again I loved the process and the results are great for a beginner.  My husband calls me 'my artistic wife' with pride in his voice.


So rather than wait for some magic fairy to come by and change my belief that I fail at weight loss attempts, I should lose weight and prove myself wrong!


I wonder what else I am wrong about?  Food for thought!

2 comments:

anne h said...

We might be *wrong* about alot of things!
Let's hope so!

Just Me said...

Hopefully we're not wrong and find out that lettuce has been fattening all along - lol. Love your post. It shows that you are open-minded and willing to learn. Prove yourself wrong one step at a time.