How often do you judge yourself by comparing your current goals with your past success or failures?
How many times have your past experiences stopped you from having what you really want?
It seems logical to make comparisons with your past, but is it moving you closer to or away from your goal?
I came to the realization that I used to do this all the time. For example, when I’d set a goal to lose weight I’d automatically find myself thinking back to my previous attempts at losing weight; comparing the current option with my previous attempts.
Comparisons like – if I have to keep a food journal and eat salads I’ll get bored because that happened before, so that means it won’t work for me now either.
Or worse if our thinking drops into futility and hopelessness like, “Who am I kidding. Nothing worked before. I’ll never lose weight.”
But it’s not true!
Here’s the thing. The past is thought.
Try to touch it. You can’t; it’s thought.
It no longer exits.
It’s now a memory – made of thought.
The good news is that because the past is thought, it knows nothing about your future.
Read that again. The past knows nothing about your future.
Your results in the past does not predict your future.
You are not the same person you were before. You have new cells, new experiences, and new strengths. You are more than your thoughts.
The only thing stopping you from achieving your goal weight?
Could it be this simple?
But don’t believe me. Check it out for yourself.
Are you telling yourself the same story? Is your mind trying to take you out, with thoughts like, “it’s too hard, or I can’t do this, or it’s not fair, or what’s the use?”
It might be so familiar that you’re not even aware you’re doing this. In the past I was so focused on positive thinking, that my old negative thoughts gathered quietly like dust behind curtains in an old theatre.
It’s still just thought.
Now it no longer matters what my thoughts are, because I know I have 70,000 thoughts a day, and my memories, my thoughts know nothing about my future.
I mean how could my little ticker tape of daily thought know anything about the real me? Of what I’m capable of?
And the same goes for you.
Your thoughts know nothing about who you really are. You are much more than your thoughts. And your thoughts know nothing about your future, except when you are believing they do.
Try an experiment and see for yourself.
For 10 days, pretend that your limiting thoughts about who you really are is not true. Pretend that you’re limiting thoughts are not real (they aren’t) and that they don’t mean anything about what is possible for your future.
Now who will you be, what will you do if you didn’t believe your limiting thoughts?
“When I believed my thoughts, I suffered, but when I didn’t believe them, I didn’t suffer, and that is true for every human being. Freedom is as simple as that.” Byron Katie