My parents had an old blender.
It had a green base, a glass jug and a black lid. I can still see it perfectly in my mind. Me standing in the kitchen, making a mango shake, one hand firmly pressing down on the lid.
I let it go once and the result was not pretty. Let’s just say the kitchen looked like an Indian Summer.
This morning I was blending a delicious blueberry, strawberry, spinach & almond milk smoothie and turned to get a spoon.
To my surprise, I couldn’t get far as I hadn’t realised that my hand was still on the lid! After all these years, my mind was still programmed from childhood.
Even though my blender is perfectly capable of blending without blowing its cool, I realised that for the past entire YEAR, I had been blending with one hand protecting it :O.
My default setting was “Watch it, it’s gonna BLOW!!!”.
If someone had been around me perhaps they would have questioned what I was doing and broken me out of this trance. For you see, it is just that – a trance.
When you do something automatically without thinking, you are in a trance and it happens to you more often than you realise.
Like with your mind. You get used to thinking a certain way for so long that it becomes second nature for you.
Habits, behaviours, thoughts, feelings, beliefs – all running on autopilot.
That’s why progress can sometimes be a challenge (not change, for change will happen but progress has to be created).
If you don’t even know what you’re doing or thinking sometimes, how can you do any different?
I recently concluded a 21 day Meditation & Yoga experiment where I meditated every day and did yoga 75% of the time. I was very aware of my thoughts and actions and consciously changed course thousands of times.
(In the last week of that practice, I wrote an eBook on procrastination, made huge strides in business planning and mapping out my next moves, got clear on branding this website and a whole lot more than I’ve done all YEAR!)
I used to think success was all about being the best, fastest and smartest.
I know now that success is about consciousness, consistency and choice.
What good is a life run on auto?
Wouldn’t you prefer to be the driver of your own life, steering and choosing what to think and do instead of being directed by structures that served you once but don’t anymore?
The best way I’ve found to do this is through mindfulness. For years I “shoulded” myself – I should do yoga, should meditate, should make more decisions.
No more. Life is about levels and phases. It wasn’t important then, it is now.
If you’re out there, wondering how to be different, how to create change and abundance in your life, start with this – First, ACCEPT where you are. Denial is unsexy!
Acknowledge that this is where you are and you either 1) want to stay here a bit longer or 2) don’t want to be here anymore.
If # 1, you’re golden. Carry on and make the most of this experience, I really mean it! Have no regrets by the time you’re done.
If you’re ready for progress, the first step is to start becoming aware of your desires, thoughts, states of emotion.
As you grow and expand in consciousness, business, love, positivity, success, changes start happening at a deeper level that you’ve ever experienced before.
Here’s what though – you don’t have to start off that way. It’s just fine to get going with skin deep, then keep digging in little by little. Start becoming aware and focusing on what you want, bit by bit.
Little actions make for big changes.
If you visualise something you want or speak positive affirmations for 5 minutes a day over a month, you’ll make FAR greater headway than doing it for 150 minutes one day.
Build that muscle, one move at a time!
Sometimes it just blows my mind to think that if all we did was one thing daily to achieve our goals, we’d get there 99% of the time. Imagine that, huh?
In that spirit, the next step in the Blender Saga will involve me very bravely removing my hand and smiling as I see how perfectly my blender works. A few days of doing this and the new habit will become my default setting.
Just like the 21 days of guided meditation has extended into another 21, post which I have a sweet feeling it will be around for a while.
I’d love to hear from you! Where in your life are you running on default? Do you think that change CAN happen in an instant or does it only feel like that because you’ve been slowly leading up to it? I’m curious to know what you think. Thanks in advance for playing!