This journal was written for anyone that struggles with focusing on the necessary action needed to become successful in life. Now, I know what you are thinking, “What the heck does that have to do with meditation?” Too often, success is portrayed as an easy 1, 2, 3 approach that lacks the most relevant details.
The truth is, just like anything else in life, success must be studied and rehearsed. By the world’s definition of success, this is nearly impossible because your target will keep changing through life. Practically every day, and at every stage in life, the world has mapped out what you should want, often without any input or guidance from you!
After several missteps, I am happy that I was willing to take many risks in my youth and young adulthood despite the road map. Those mistakes have helped me to achieve great success before the age of 40.
In a way, I needed to go through what I thought was a failure to experience and appreciate what success is. I learned that failure is not a one time job. As long as you continue to try, you are trying, not failing.
Too often we overthink things and as a result, we come up with ridiculous notions that we would not apply to any other portion of our lives. If we truly believed we could fail, we would never learn anything new because the first few times things did not go our way we would give up.
This book was written to free you from the traps that you create for yourself through irrational thought processes and fears. I hope that by the time you are done reading this book you will be confident at being yourself and living from your inner being.
If we truly believe at the core we are failing, we would never learn anything new because the first few times things did not go our way we would give up. This book was written to free you from the traps that you create for yourself through irrational thought processes and fears. I hope that, by the time you are done reading this book, you will be confident at being yourself, and living from your inner being.
Rehearsing success is training your brain how you feel when a situation, thing, or person is good for you mentally, spiritually, and physically. This does not mean the constant avoidance of anything difficult, it means understanding and loving what healthy is and feels like, then seeking to remain in that space in all of your day to day interactions with both self, and others!
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CHAPTER ONE – So You Think Meditation is Hard
What is success? It took me years to gather the wisdom and knowledge to intelligently answer this question with absolute certainty. Many times, I thought I knew the answer, only to find, I always had an extra puzzle piece, or two.
Rather than allowing this to frustrate me, I continued to push forward on my mission to find out what success is. Once I found the answer, it was so simple that I was shocked.
The simplicity of the answer shows how we as humans overthink and over-complicate the simplest questions in life. I believe I have the mind of a mathematician. Numbers, statistics, prediction, and anomalies are a huge part of my work as a techie.
I began applying the systematic way that I look at problems and mysteries, when navigating the digital space, to everyday life. The results were amazing. I realized I could growth hack success. I could collect quantifiable data, aka results that led to a favorable outcome, or an outcome I was not necessarily looking for, simply by backtracking through the decision-making process that led to those results.
So what is success? Success is an accumulation of both positive and negative results that create specific negative, or positive, outcomes. Too often, we focus on one aspect, or the other, instead of both outcomes, which allows for balance. No math skills needed, just observation and self-awareness.
While focusing only on the positive may seem like a terrific idea to the conventional mind, one removes an essential element when doing this, balance. This is where we start the conversation about the “m” word, meditation. If you look at life purely based on the decisions you make, good and bad, eventually you will recognize patterns. I keep engaging in behavior a, b, c, which results in d, e, f, happening. I don’t particularly like when d, e, f happens, so I am going to evaluate what happened at the a, b, c stage.
The next logical step is to figure out why you keep doing behavior a, b, and c when you do not like the results, d, e, and f. This is where the wonderful rabbit hole begins, in which you start digging closer, and closer to your inner self. More often than not, this step requires intense concentration, not to mention a great memory, which is why this journal is going to become your best friend.
The guided meditations, affirmations, and journal exercises will help you to dig deep into your subconscious, and allow you to become more self-aware of your behavior, thoughts, and reactions, as well as how you respond to the pressures of life.
The purpose of meditation, as many believe, is not merely to relax. The purpose of meditation is to create a balance between your mind, body, and spirit. What many don’t understand is that to achieve this balance, you must address and work out what is causing an imbalance.
The practice of meditation gives you the tools, the will power, and the state of mind, in which to make what often is grueling work possible. Meditation often brings up the parts of us that we don’t want to look at, or acknowledge.
Inner work is not easy, but it is so rewarding, especially when you stay dedicated to the work that is necessary to achieve the balance that you seek. What does it mean when I say that the purpose of meditation is to balance one’s mind, spirit, and body? This can seem like a daunting task when thinking about how to practically apply this idea to one’s life. The simple way to explain balance when it pertains to your mind, body, and spirit, is to say, each segment is whole and healthy, therefore, able to effectively work with one another in unity and synchronicity.
To get a better understanding of this concept, let’s take a look at what a person may look like when all three of these segments are out of balance. Let’s start with the body. An out of balance body leads to illness, disease, pain, unhealthy weight gain, mental illness, and so much more.
While we may not think about this all the time, it is pretty hard to keep a healthy mindset when you do not feel well. Being in pain, or sick often lends itself to crankiness and a foggy mind. It also can cause a high level of distraction that makes it impossible to focus on anything else.
If your mind is unable to find any joy, it weighs on your spirit. I am sure that you have heard the terms like, “he or she had a spirited, healthy response, or a tired spirit”. It is amazing how our sayings bring us so close to the truth.
The bottom line, your mind, body, and spirit are connected, and all three are meant to function together in a coordinated effort to keep you at the peak of wholeness. A concept that seems to be lost on this generation, is that health is normal, not illnesses and disease. Healthy should be your everyday baseline. You shouldn’t “expect” to become ill, it is not a normal body function.
This is why, often, you will find that people who meditate implement several lifestyle changes, often becoming vegan, eliminating chemicals, and more. Because they are in tune with their inner being their body is free to send messages that certain practices, places, and people, don’t feel good to the body, mind, or spirit.
CHAPTER ONE JOURNAL EXERCISE
It is time to acknowledge the changes in your life, for better, or for worse. Something tends to happen when we decide to make a change and go in a new direction. We align our lives with the changes that we decide to make. For example, if you decide you want to lose weight, you don’t simply start going to the gym, you drink more water, you watch what you eat, you change your habits, you make other changes that align with your decision.
THINK OF THE TOP IMPORTANT CHANGES IN YOUR LIFE
How did the change make you feel?
What are your most favorite memories of them?
Have you decided to make other changes because of this change?
Did the additional changes you made seem like natural additions?
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