Emotion In Motion
By Sainoor Premji
The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.- Nathaniel Branden
In my previous post, I discussed thoughts, attitudes and manifesting. In order to manifest something, along with action, it is important to have an emotional connection to that goal. The picture above is one that most people recognize – the Taj Mahal. For me, it is a wonderful reminder of a goal with strong emotions attached to it.
Why is it important to have an emotional connection to a goal? If there is no emotional reason for a goal, it is difficult to maintain focus and it is easy to let it slide. Taking action may not seem as important, and the desire / motivation diminishes. In order for us to achieve something, it is important to be connected to what it is we wish to accomplish and why.
Something else to keep in mind: Is your goal something that you are working towards or something you wish to move away from? Moving away from a goal usually means moving towards another. When we want to move away from a behaviour or situation, it is important to think of what to replace it with. For example,If you want to move away from a negative friendship, what would you replace that with? Would you spend more time with other, more positive friends or would you join a group or spend more time with yourself?
Think of the Taj Mahal as your ‘goal’ and ask yourself:
– what is drawing you to this goal?
– why is it important to you?
– how committed are you to achieving it?
– how will it make your life better?
– will it make your life better physically? Mentally? Emotionally?
– are you motivated enough to do what is required?
Change is not always easy. Change requires us to be aware of who we are, where we are, as well as, is this the right place for us? Will it be the right place in the future? Moving away from routine is difficult, even if the routine is not a healthy situation. Change can be embraced positively, if we go about it the right way. Taking small steps often makes a big difference because it gives us time to get used to the new situation and the chances of the change becoming permanent are greater.
Take a survey of what motivates you to do something. Some people work best with visual cues – for them, creating a vision board and spending time studying it every day would be a great motivator. Vision boards come in a variety of styles – find one that works best for you. My advice would be to leave an empty space as a reminder that life always has surprises and that there are possibilities that we may not yet be aware of. If your motivation comes from verbal cues, talk to yourself every day with what you would like to achieve – write down your goals and read them aloud to yourself everyday (several times a day if possible). It may also help to share your goal with someone and discuss it regularly to see if you are on tract – think of the person as your ‘goal buddy’.
Hypnosis is wonderful tool to use. It helps work with the subconscious so that it is aligned with the conscious to allow for change to occur.
“Hypnosis is the art of securing a patient’s attention and then effectively communicating ideas that boost motivation and change perceptions…” Psychology Today (The Trouble With Hypnosis, by K. Harary)
Life is like paper. Don’t make it heavy by drowning it into water of sorrow and pain. Instead make it lighter by letting it blow in the wind of joy and happiness. – Anurag Prakash Ray