I am pretty excited about passing on today’s readings to each of you. As we have talked about many times before, we live in a world filled with people who conform to the norm, and are ok with living a life of mediocrity. Mediocre relationships, mediocre health, mediocre financial situations, and mediocre spiritual strength. We are basically afraid to be great. So why? How come that happens? What are the reasons for it? I like what the author says about it, so here we go.
Rear View Mirror Syndrome – This syndrome is one of the most crippling causes of mediocrity. “Our sub-conscious minds are equipped with a self-limiting rear view mirror, through which we continuously relive and recreate our past.” We make the mistake of believing that we are who we are, thus limiting our potential in the present. Tony Robbins calls these limiting beliefs, and as one of his exercises at his seminar he has everyone yell out loud how their specific limiting beliefs are bull shit! Because guess what? They are! As a result of our limiting beliefs, we filter every choice that we make. From what time we wake up every morning, to which goals we think are possible to set for our lives. “We want to create a better life, but sometimes we don’t know how to see it any other way than how it’s always been.”
Research will tell you that the average person has 50,000 to 60,000 thoughts run through their head each day. Holy F! That’s a ton of thinking! The real problem here is that 95% of our thoughts are the same thoughts we had yesterday, and the day before that, and the day before that. “Like old, worn baggage, we carry stress, fear, and worry from yesterday with us into today.” Then when we are presented with opportunities, we quickly check our rearview mirror to assess what we have done in the past. “No, I’ve never done anything like that before. I’ve never achieved at that level. I have failed, time and time again.”
Anytime we are faced with adversity, we go back to that trusty rearview mirror for guidance on what to do. “If you are to move beyond your past and transcend your limitations, you must stop living out of your rearview mirror and start imagining a life of limitless possibilities.” Your past does not equal your future. This is where affirmations and smashing those limiting beliefs comes into play. You start to write down, verbalize and visualize who you really want to become. You may not even believe it in the beginning, and you will probably feel silly doing them. But I tell you this much, silly won’t be the word to describe who you are becoming if you will continue to do it. Always remember that where you are is a result of who you were, but where you go depends entirely on who you chose to be, from this moment on.
Choose to be great!
Trying to be a little better each day, Cram