Or is it your belief that performing a certain set of actions with your body will cause the ball to move in a certain way?
Is it really the cause and effect that makes things happen, or is it our belief in a specific set of causes?
As my will power and ability to focus increases, paradoxically it becomes much easier to get distracted by the results of that attention. As the manifestations start happening quickly around me it becomes much easier to forget about focusing and get distracted by exploring those events and start thinking about how to control them. It requires even more focus to stay targeted on the end goal.
As events, people, and circumstances that are quite obviously related to my intentions, it becomes very tempting to try to figure out exactly HOW they’re related. I come up with scripts or storylines that I think are the way things should happen, and I start getting emotionally invested in them. Those scripts become the goal instead of the real end goal. Ironically this takes my attention away from the real end goal and so I stop attracting it. I’ve seen this over and over again, when I start paying more attention to the events than the end goal my progress slows. I’ve done this for years at a time in some cases.
Watching the events unfold and focusing on them is like painting half a picture and focusing on the half you’ve already painted. If a laser only focuses on the bit it’s already affected, it’ll never complete the job.
The only way I’ve been able to keep myself from getting sidetracked is with a daily schedule, setting aside 30 minutes every day to focus on goals. I believe there are relevant concentration exercises that may help as well, I plan to explore those as well, it would be a worthwhile investment.
Every once in a while the result of your focus becomes so obvious that it just makes you laugh. I love these examples because they help to remove any doubt and limitation and keep thoughts focused in a positive direction.
For example, every day I spend about 10-15 minutes just focusing on a single goal. The goals vary, I have about 5 of them that I focus on regularly. One that I recently worked into the rotation was the goal of being a “top blogger”, just for the hell of it. I don’t need this, but it’s something I’ve been working at for a while and I decided to see what could be done in this area, what was possible. I’ve focused on this intention about 6 or 7 times now, all over the past 3 weeks or so, and I was just privileged to experience the result of the focus which I’d like to record.
I have another personal blog that I’ve been blogging on for a while. It gets several hundred visitors a day, 500 visitors is a very good day. 800 to 900 is a VERY good day, I’ve only had a handful of those. And I once got over 1200 visitors a day, that was the record. (WAS the record.)
Last week I wrote a post that I’d been thinking about for a while. It took about an hour to write. It was fairly popular, about 400 views the first day, and around 300 views for the next couple of days.
Then, one day, it just blew up. Over 40,000 views in a single day. That is 4,000% better than my previous record. It was literally all over the Internet, the buzz of the Web.
The power of controlled focus is astounding. When you release your own mental barriers to something, you are freeing your focus to operate at its peak potential. Infinite power is directed with your focus, and watching that power operate at full speed is something else.
This is just one of many examples like this that have happened to me in my life, but it’s always fun to look back on these.
Nothing exists that wasn’t once just a thought. Not one of these things:
Your expectation is the mold forming the present until it your expectation becomes reality.
Expectation is just another word for belief. You may say you believe something, and many people say they believe things that they really don’t, but your expectation is what you actually believe.
Take a moment to identify your expectations. Most people go their entire lives without taking inventory of their beliefs like this.
Think of an expectation you have that you would like to be rid of. It can be about money, relationships, health, your career, anything. Think of one thing that you believe that you don’t like.
Think about why you believe this thing. Did a teacher tell you that? A parent? A pastor? Television?
Examine WHY you believe what you were told. Did you accept this idea without thinking about examining it first, without checking to see if it’s something that you really WANT to believe?
You need to trust in YOURSELF enough to make a correct judgement about whether this is a belief that you really want to hang onto, whether it’s something that you want to continue seeing develop in your present reality.
The only way to change your expectation is to let go and trust in yourself to make the correct judgement. Believe that you are correct, and what you were told is not. This changes the patterns–you are actively CHOOSING what to believe, you are CHOOSING to trust in yourself.
The worst that can happen in this situation is that you’re wrong, and the worst that will happen if you’re wrong is the same thing that would have happened anyway.
Getting to this point is not easy. In order to choose a new belief you have to give up the old one. It requires giving up beliefs that you’ve held a long time, perhaps your entire life.
Your beliefs and expectations form you as a person.
They form the way you think and act, your personality, the way you dress, the way you behave, who you hang out with, the way you react to and view the world–every single aspect of who you are is a belief or an expectation of some type. There is no more fundamental part of you than your beliefs.
When you give up a belief you are literally killing part of yourself. You are consciously killing part of yourself in order to grow.
You are literally annihilating yourself. And once you start this process you won’t be able to stop until you’ve gone thru every belief that is a part of you, examined it, and decided to either keep it or throw it out. And until you’re done with that process you will limit yourself until you die.
When you’re willing to give up everything, you can have anything.
When you give up those beliefs that are holding you back you are freeing yourself to live the life that you want.
Do you remember a belief that you had before somebody told you that you couldn’t have it–that it was unrealistic, or things don’t work that way, or that’s just plain unrealistic? And you accepted and went along with what they said?
Do you remember what it felt like to FEEL that expectation, that belief that you gave up for somebody else? If you can, go back and FEEL that feeling again. Slip back into that state of mind–it feels like slipping into an old comfy pair of jeans, doesn’t it? Just FEEL it, remember that belief, and TRY it again. Don’t give it up this time, just because of what somebody else said.
Believe what you WANT to believe, don’t believe what somebody else told you that you SHOULD believe. Destroy yourself and free yourself at the same time.
I have begun to appreciate fear lately. Instead of viewing fear as something to be avoided, as I used to, I’ve realized that fear acts as a warning sign that your thoughts are going somewhere you don’t want them to go. You’re thinking about losing something you want to keep, or getting something you don’t want. A negative.
Instead of fighting it, I’ve started to appreciate it and redirect my thoughts when I notice it. I’ve come to the realization that continuing on your current train of thought when you feel fear is actively manufacturing something that you don’t want. However if you use the opportunity to note the fear and what you’re thinking about, it is relatively easy to turn the thought around and take it in a positive direction.
“As you think, so shall you become.”
"I am the greatest. I said that even before I knew I was."