The effort to string together 7 consecutive days with no negative thoughts has been quite the challenge.
My first attempt, yesterday, wasn’t a success, but it wasn’t an epic failure either.
I can count on two hands, the number of times negativity entered my mind and over 60% was related to other drivers, which makes sense, because lately I’ve been on the road most of the day.
So it’s time to hunker down and start living by Og’s Scroll II … “to greet the day with love in my heart”, and keep it up for the whole day, because there’s lots of dumb drivers to love on …
I’ve moved on to reading Scroll II of “The Greatest Salesman in the World”, but I wanted to share a passage from the first scroll that had profound meaning to me
” … when an act becomes easy through constant repetition, it becomes a pleasure to perform and if it is a pleasure to perform it is man’s nature to perform it often. When I perform it often it becomes a habit and I become its slave and since it is a good habit this is my will”
Any habit, good or bad, can only be replaced by another habit. Change, or forming a new habit isn’t always easy.
It’s uncomfortable, even hard, to do something new or different, but if repeated enough times, the action must get easier.
The easier it gets, the more you will like to do it.
The more you do it, The better the chances of it becoming a habit.
And when it becomes a habit, you’ve successfully re-written your programming
I’ve been labouring hard at re-programming the sub-conscious these past few weeks and I was starting to feel like Daniel-san after too much wax on-wax off and not enough “hai-yah!”(Karate Kid reference) … But I had a small breakthrough this week.
I was annoyed by a small task that was left undone and had been on the “to-do”list all morning.
Even though my schedule was packed, I took a minute mid-day, to focus on having the task completed. I ;
- Verbally said “I promise to get <task> done by 3PM. I always keep my promises, Ken!”, out loud
- And Visualized myself walking through the steps of completing the task
By 2:30 PM, I realized that it was completed, but the crazy thing is I couldn’t recall doing the task. For the life of me, I couldn’t even retrace my all steps for the past 2 hours and recall the exact moment that it was done.
That’s how powerful the “subby” is!
I guess that’s why Og Mandino calls the “sub-concious” the “… other mind, that mysterious source that never sleeps, which creates my dreams and makes me act in ways I do not comprehend”
It’s been a powerful week for over writing the sub-conscious (subby).
I know the hard work of labouring in monotony is wearing new grooves/new habits.
And because these are good habits,
I’m no longer surrendering my life to the programming that got me what I have, but starting my journey, with new programming, to shores that I’ve previously only dreamed of.
It’s true that when you can learn to control oneself, you will have found the world within … which controls the world without.
”I can be what I will to be!”
I’ve been trying to take note of any changes since starting the MKE and two things
1. Just like it says in scroll I, the mornings are easier. I jump out of bed, ready to tackle the day instead of hitting the snooze alarm 10 times.
2. More opportunities seem to come my way, or at least I’m more aware of them and am ready to take them on. One that I jumped on just this week increased my revenues approx 20%
“I’ve been a slave to old programming and bad habits, but the MKE is overwriting those with new and good habits.” – Ken
“An act becomes easy through constant repetition and it becomes a pleasure to perform and if it is a pleasure to perform it is man’s nature to perform it often. When I perform it often it becomes a habit and I become its slave and since it is a good habit this is my will” – Og Mandino
I’m amazed at how the old programming creates so much resistance to change.
Now that I’m on a mission to replace old “worthless” habits with new “good” habits, I’ve become more aware of when old programming rears it’s ugly head…