I’ve had some water in my basement this year. And by ‘some’ I mean a puddle big enough to go swimming in my basement. I tried not to complain because the rain also watered my garden and lowered my water bill. Two thumbs up for these unexpected perks… but not fun to be in a musty basement using a broom to sweep water toward the (already full) drain. And not fun to empty the de-humidifier every twenty minutes.
The other day as I was trudging through my sloppy backyard to get to my basement and empty the dehumidifier, I had this thought: “Man, I’m so efficient!” My mind did the endless ‘task-ticking’ it does when I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed with my to-do list. I mentally made a list of all the chores I’d just rushed through that morning to boost my confidence in my ability to maintain a (not flooded) household and work-too-much and, and, and, and. But really, the mental list making made me feel slightly more anxious and overwhelmed. I had to stop and think for a minute: What words did I actually want to use to describe myself?
The law of subconscious means that what we think—we will become.
So, if we make a list of all our greatest attributes and constantly describe ourselves as such, we will eventually manifest these attributes in our life.
Yes, I’m efficient. But, when I look back at my life in 87 years (yoga makes you young and Beet Smoothies make you healthy, so I’m planning on living to 116 years old, thank you very much) how do I want to describe myself and my life?
This is a really important question. What you think, you become. Turns out, I don’t think I want to be described as ‘efficient.’ That’s a word used to describe a process– a machine. My world is highly mechanized, that’s true. I spend many hours with my fingers on my keyboard and my mind hooked to the internet. But I wish for a world that is more human and less mechanical. I wish to cultivate attributes that are more empathetic and relational. So, I’m going to start thinking about what I wish to become.
I wish to describe myself as:
Flexible and Fun (I think I’m one of these)
Caring and Courageous (again, I think I’m only one of these)
I’m challenging myself to imagine these attributes in my life and start describing myself with these words. I’m challenging myself to imagine cultivating flexibility and courage in my own life.
I’m challenging YOU, my dear reader, to answer this question: “When I look back at my life in 87 years, how do I want to describe myself?” Write 4 attributes you WANT to be able to use to describe yourself, even if you ‘think’ they don’t apply to you right now. And then—apply them.
Dare to think of what you can become. Use these words in your morning meditation, your morning mantra, or just throughout the day when you are confronted with a stressful situation. After a month, reflect on how you have changed. If you think it – then you can become it.