So how can we influence our mind to create new matter?
In his book, “The Power of Story” Jim Loehr talks about how he works with professional athletes and business men and women to help them transform. His strategies center around authoring a new story to tell ourselves. In his work with athletes and business leaders, he’s found that the stories we tell ourselves determine our health, work, relationships—every aspect of our lives.
He asks us to locate the areas of our lives where it is clear “that [we] can not achieve [our] goals with the stories [we’ve] got.”
He then shows us how to create new powerful stories which are then supported by our deeply held values that inspire us to take action.
I decided to try this with different aspects of my health and my body. I wrote a new story this week. Part of my new story was:
“I’m healthy and can digest what life brings me. I can take it in and let it go. I eat healthy foods that my body needs.”
I had to make sure my new story was attached to a real value or purpose. The purpose is important because it is connected to why we are here on the planet. I had to write out that first—getting down to the truth of what I deeply want out of life, my legacy, my raison d’etre.
So my purpose, which was along the lines of “assisting and igniting a fire in others through performance and writing” supported my wanting to have good health and energy.
Next, after you have written your purpose, rewritten a new story based on reality and possibility, you need to write out four or five or more short easily accomplished practices to your life to assist you, one of which is to reread your new story each day.
In my case, one of these easily adaptable practices included eating consciously at mealtime. At the end of the day, I graded myself a 1-5 depending on how well I performed my new daily 5 practices.
He recommended doing this for 90 days to see a real difference.
I’m noticing a difference already.
It’s easy to say, “It’s mind over matter,” and it is. But how to change your mind’s habits? I found a lot of help in his book and strategies.
Which part of your life needs a new story?