I was hiking once, alone, lost in my thoughts. The air was cool and the ground was covered in snow. This was near Mt Kosciusko – Australia’s tallest mountain, which is embarrassingly short by world standards.
As I was introspecting, I had an epiphany.
This was about a bad habit I had sometimes. Nothing major, just a little nuisance that popped up here or there. I suddenly realised where I had learned that – tracing it to a bad moment in my early childhood.
Once I knew the cause, it was easy to take care of.
I popped myself into a trance, cleaned out the habit and opened my eyes.
When I was done, I decided to use the sound of a creek nearby to remind me of this. Whenever I hear running water out in nature, it’s like my mind is being washed clean all over again.
In a way, I replaced one bad habit with a better one.
Which reminds me…
Do you feel like you don’t listen when you talk to yourself?
You say, “I’m skipping dessert” then suddenly you’re eating cake.
You tell yourself to relax and you still keep stuttering.
It’s not that you’re ignoring yourself. You’re just speaking a different language, that’s all.
Most of the time, we have our mental shields up. Someone tells us to do something and we think about it.
We might do it, we might not.
But there are times when our shields drop.
If you don’t know how to make your own shields drop, you’re in trouble. Some folk do and they will take advantage of you – dropping your shields, implanting suggestions and getting you to do what they want.
And you’ll think it was your idea.
But forget about them for the moment.
If you can’t bypass your own shields, then any self-improvement is pure chance. You don’t know whether you can make your changes stick or not.
The funny thing is your shields drop all the time. There are plenty of moments to change your thinking about stuff.
Once you recognise how to spot them, self-improvement is a whole lot easier.
Here’s where you can learn how to do that: