But It’s Going To Be So Hard!
Yes, I admit it. I have been guilty of saying that too. Before I actually knew if the “it” would indeed be hard. Or not. I have decided it’s hardness right away.
Like a true know-it-all.
We fill ourselves up with excuses all the time.
I am going to be so tired.
It will be hard.
I won’t have enough money.
I am too fat. I am too skinny. I am too old. I am too young.
It’s going to take forever.
There are so many excuses that I am actually getting tired thinking of them.
One of my favorite books by my teacher Wayne Dyer is Excuses Begone! where he delves into this idea beautifully.
Lately in my yoga classes I have been working with mantras. Whenever the students hands come into prayer, or together at any point in class, they say a silent mantra.
Whether the mantra is simply “Thank You” or “Today I am grateful for _____” depends on the theme of the class.
My own personal mantra lately has been ” My life is filled with ease.” Also ” I remain unattached to the outcome.”
The ease thing is one I struggle with. I too, like a lot of folks, have an old tape that tells me how difficult things are going to be and how long they will take. If I get stuck listening to that tape, I end up simply sitting in my house and having a panic attack.
And guess what, my Dear Manifesters? When one has a panic attack, one gets very little accomplished.
So here it is: My life is filled with ease.
(It’s also filled with joy.)
(Feel free to borrow my mantras. I share willingly.)
Today I had lunch with my friend Lori Deschene. Lori is the creator of one of my favorite websites called TinyBuddha. I recently had the honor of having an article published on TinyBuddha and my next one comes out my birthday, December 12th. Lori inspires me endlessly, but the biggest thing I am applauding her for right now is her new book.
As I sit here and begin the process of writing my book, I struggle with that tape “But Jen, it will be so hard. And it will take so so long.”
So I asked Lori this: Was it hard to write your book?
She told me, in so many words, that for a long time she told herself how hard it would be so she didn’t even attempt it. (An Aha! moment for me.) Once she actually started, it was a joy filled journey and the word “hard” never entered the equation.
And now her book is published and selling like hotcakes.
So what is the point, you ask?
The point is this: Stop talking about how hard it will be and just do it. You have no idea what it will be like so please stop assuming the worst. Assume the best and get to work. Now go! Get off the computer. Get!
(Just to be clear: that was me talking to myself above. But feel free to pretend I am talking to you too.)
Please do not misunderstand me, either. I am not claiming that everything in life is a red velvet cupcake. I am simply suggesting that you might want to visualize something better than “It is hard” or ” I can’t afford it”.
Just try it and let me know what happens.
In the comment section below write down your old excuse. Begone with it. Be accountable.
And also feel free to make a list of your excuses (as we do in my workshops.) Make a list of those excuses and then rip it up and place them in a pile labeled Dookie.
Manifesting Your Life,
One Laugh At A Time,
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