How did you feel after you graduated, got the job, kissed the girl, made the deal, went on vacation? It was pretty great and exciting at first, wasn't it? It was probably better than what you even imagined... but only for a little bit. After some time and a short adjustment period, all that goodness and excitement seemed to disappear and you were left where, feeling what? Empty, sad, frustrated, anxious, alone. In a matter of no time you found yourself craving something else to fill that void and bring about the same kind of goodness & excitement. Your mind was already on to the next thing that "needed" to happen in order for everything to be just perfect.
Graduated? "Wonderful – now all I need is a job. Damn it's a hard market out there."
Got the job? "Hooray! Now if only they'd pay me more and my boss wouldn't be a jerk."
Kissed the girl? "Yeah but she ghosted me/talks to other guys/she's too clingy/not clingy enough."
Made the deal? "Yes! But now I have to immediately move on to the next one but I'm so tired."
The trip was awesome? "Sure was – but now I'm back into the grind, ugh."
When will it stop? When will what you have be, enough? The answer may hurt a bit but it's NEVER. It will never be enough because that's the way our mind and perception has been programmed. But it CAN be enough if only we stop chasing the "things" and instead reprogram our mind and perception to take hold of the NOW. If we train ourselves to release attachment to:
The concept that Perfection exists somewhere outside of the present moment.
The desire for Things/People/Events/Experiences to be different than what they actually are.
The idea that we're NOT good enough in this very moment and that perfection awaits us just down the road.
The belief that we have to achieve A/B/C and then we'll finally know the happiness & fulfillment we've been longing for.
The feeling that if only we had done A/B/C differently in the past, then everything would have worked out better for us.
The misconception that life's simply is what it is – we're just out here doing the best we can with what we've been handed and can't make a dent in our fate.
The delusion that you have no power, no influence over your reality and future and that you cannot change either.
The idea that we ARE our thoughts and cannot change that inner narrator and make it stop being so angry/sad/anxious – that we don't have the power to change what it says, how it thinks, shut it up and know peace, quiet, empowerment, confidence, happiness, joy, pride, and love.
The principle that you are NOT a very Powerful Creator who has the capability, authority, and tools to completely transform your ENTIRE life with the power of your mind.
"That's it Joe? That's all we have to do, huh? Why didn't you say so... No problem – I should have that all squared away this afternoon." If you have any idea of what I just broke down and how immense of an undertaking simply achieving just a few of those points is – you're definitely a few steps ahead of the average person. I’m saying fewer yeses and giving out nos like it’s peanut butter on a cheat day.
This is no small feat. But, there is no greater reward either. Because through the process making your way down that list you'll finally discover what's been missing all along...
You won't need anything to make you happy, you'll have found it and you'll feel it inside of yourself every damn day.
Your mind will finally be quiet and still, focused on where you direct it and peaceful when you want it to be.
You'll know your ability, your power, your worth and you will never settle for anything less than you deserve.
If you want to experience that dream job, loving partner, thriving business, dream lifestyle, etc., then you'll simply manifest them instead of investing in that never-ending chase.
SIGN ME UP! Right? How great does that sound and it's NOT some external power, authority, super-duper secret potion, magical spell or mystical affirmation that can deliver you to the promiseland - it's all within you at this very moment. You just need to learn how to wield your power. Learning to master your mind is exactly like conditioning your body to become really good at literally anything you're interested in: cycling, rock climbing, yoga, running, swimming, even pole dancing, baby! Desire -> Education -> Determination -> Dedication -> Mastery If you want to incorporate anything new into your life, whether it's eating healthy, meditation, starting a side hustle, painting, breathwork, etc. what has to happen? You need to make it a priority by pouring some of your time and energy into it every week and every day if it's really important and you're looking to make accelerated and advanced progress. It's the same with retraining your mind. Habits lead to a Routine which leads to a Lifestyle. Desire is the first step – that's likely why you're here right now reading these words, you want something to change in your life whether it's the elimination of something "bad" or the addition of something "good". (It's probably both... eliminate suffering and add happiness/purpose/fulfilment/love) Education is the second step – we need to do is understand how our mind functions so that we can get rid of the beliefs/thoughts/mindset that don't align with our goals of peace & prosperity. Determination is the third step – we need to implement empowering & inspiring beliefs/thoughts/mindset. Dedication is the fourth step – we need to stay the course, working through all the blocks, obstacles, challenges, old habits and trauma until our old way of believing/thinking/feeling is a thing of the past. Mastery is the final step, this along with Dedication will be tested through unraveling life experience. This leads to the liberation of mind and spirit, to a place of true happiness & fulfillment. Now these steps might seem overwhelming and intimidating but rest assured, once you make some initial progress and build a bit of momentum, things start getting pretty darn exciting and even fun! Everything around you begins responding to your new mindset & energy and a shift gradually unfolds before your very eyes. People are nicer, new opportunities aligned with your goals start trickling in, you see signs and experience rare coincidences, and most importantly... you begin feeling so much better and thinking healthier thoughts. It's simply, incredible. This can all be done through the process of retraining your conscious & subconscious mind. And guess what, that's exactly what I'm here to help you with! As always, I'm grateful for you, Joe