Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Power of Focused Intention

I ran across a powerful example of the power of asking for exactly what you want today.  On January 31st, 2010 I wrote in my journal that no matter what, I would weigh ten pounds less on January 31st., 2011.  Today, after a week of clean committed eating and three energized fitness sessions, I stepped on the scale and weighed... exactly 121.0 pounds- precisely 10 pounds less than the 131 I weighed a year ago. That's all very well and good, but just over a month ago, I was at 117.  Could it be that I had subtly programmed my subconscious to insure that what I asked for so fervently a year ago would be just what I got?  This is not the first time that I got exactly what I asked for, and what I thought I deserved, instead of asking for what I truly deeply wanted.

This past year has been amazing with plenty of growth, accomplishment, new friends, and new adventures to be grateful for, but what if it could have been even better?  Sometimes I think we keep our fondest wishes secret from the very part of ourselves that could take the most effective action.  So what am I going to do about it now? Well, if saying "No matter what, I will weigh ten pounds less in a year" was so effective, why don't I use it on more things that I want to be, do, and create?  So tonight, before I go to steep, I am going to get out my journal (last years is filled but the beat goes on) and write down at least three things that I fervently want with the same powerful focused attention I had last year.  If you want to try this too I would only add, write it like you mean it, and mean what you write because there's a good chance that will be exactly what you get!

Now for a fun mini-challenge/goal test for the short term.  I will be meeting three of my sisters in Las Vegas on the 18th of February.  That's 19 days away, and just enough time to put some eating plus movement magic together, and bump up my fitness and vitality to make this weekend even more fun.  Hmmm, what can I accomplish that's desirable enough to be motivating, but reasonable enough to achieve?  I've got it!  I'm going to follow my own advice, and state what I truly want.  What I really want is to weigh 117 pounds and be at 21% or less body fat - just what I was at the end of the last Turbulence Training challenge.  There, a specific goal that I know how to reach.  Watch this space for results!

In other news, while I continue my quest for the holy grail of ongoing reliable motivation, I've been reading "Switch" How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip Heath and Dan Heath, and here is quote from the book that fit the bill,
 "When you're at the beginning, don't obsess about the middle, because the middle is going to look different once you get there.  Just look for a strong beginning and   a strong ending, and get moving."


                                 
Now I've got to figure out exactly what that strong ending entails.