I want to ask you a question. You don’t have to answer it, but it’s something that I believe everyone would benefit from at least considering.
So here goes:
What’s chronic in you?
We hear a lot about chronic pain, but I think that we all have other things that appear in our lives as “chronic.”
And here’s a great example of things that may be chronic but that we aren’t paying too much attention to: Our thinking.
Some of the more typical chronic thoughts revolve around lack. Lack of money. Lack of love. Lack of understanding from others. Lack of advancement. Lack of opportunity.
But they all hinge around the same underpinning that something is missing. And it’s very hard to move forward with that as part of your infrastructure.
There are subtle but notable differences between wanting to achieve, which can appear as drive or motivation, and the idea that you’re currently lacking something necessary to reach your goal.
In the simplest form, lack feels empty; drive feels energizing.
I want you to consider what patterns are currently showing up in your life and your interior language around those patterns. Does your thinking make you feel smaller, or does it make you feel challenged?
And in considering this further, can you see how different you feel when whatever is chronic in you is not automatically categorized as a deficiency, but as a sign to take a closer look at your reflexive thinking.
And here’s another thing to consider as you are poking around your inner world: What if everything that comes up in your world—everything—was classified in just one of two ways: Either it’s a problem (feels crappy) or it’s an opportunity (hmmmm..) .
The way you think about anything is your choice. And by remaining mindful of what we’re choosing in our thinking, we have the ability to gain clarity and insight around issues and patterns that have become chronic. And then we have the ability to begin to work on those patterns from a different frame of mind.
And then, change happens.
Shameless self promotion paragraph: I’ve got two Equus coaching samplers on the schedule this month. One will be in Easton, Ct. and one in Bellefonte, Pa. These samplers are a great way to get a taste of equine-facilitated coaching in a small group format. (Check my homepage for jpgs with all the info I’d love to share this experience with you.
“The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” ~Albert Einstein
Martha Beck-certified life coach, Equus coach, Penn State journalism instructor and professional writer.