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Make The Effort To Change

Linda-Ann Stewart

At a meeting, I was talking with a woman and mentioned Joseph Murphy and his best-selling book, "Power of the Subconscious Mind." She asked, "In his book, did he explain why the subconscious doesn't work for most people?"

That set me back. The subconscious mind is always working, and it responds according to the nature of your thoughts. But one thing can prevent the subconscious from making the changes a person wants. I responded, "Because they don't work it."

"Oh," she replied. "I guess that's true. Nothing changes if you aren't willing to work on it." I quietly sighed, thinking of all the people I knew who didn't work on an issue, then complained when change didn't happen.

Most people resist change and it takes effort to overcome that. Inertia can take over, causing you to drift and stalling your progress. It takes determination to pull out of it and move in a different direction. Change doesn't happen overnight, nor does it happen without applying shifts in thinking and behaving. Your old ways of doing things are simply habits, and can be changed. But it takes attention to alter your course and initiative to put it into action.

Posting affirmation signs around the house won't help if you don't repeat the statement frequently. They work by modifying the things you automatically say to yourself. Passively glancing at them without noticing them won't make much of an impression on your subconscious. You have to be pro-active in impressing the concepts on your inner mind.

Wanting to be more positive won't work unless you pay attention and change your attitude when you find your thoughts straying into negative territory. Just as you have to turn the car around when you realize you're going to the gas station when you meant to go to the store, you have to re-focus your attention when your thoughts go in the wrong direction.

My friend Lily read lots of self-help books, listened to motivational CD's and went to personal development workshops and then complained that her life didn't improve. When I asked her if she'd practiced any of the exercises in the books or CD's or workshops. "No," she said. "That's too much trouble."

To change, you need to participate and use the tools you've found. It's easy to fall back into old habits. They're familiar and comfortable, but they won't provide you with a new direction. They won't improve your life. There's an old saying, "If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got."

Negative thinking is simply a habit. People aren't born to be pessimists, they learn to be that way. It can be changed with time, attention, and energy. One of the complaints of negative people is that it takes effort to be positive. It always takes work to change a habit, no matter what that habit might be.

Are you going to continue to float along with your old ways of thinking and doing things? If so, your life isn't going to improve much. What are you willing to do to make it different? Think of one thing that you could start doing, and then commit to practice it every day. It could be meditating, self-hypnosis, being mindful, an affirmation, journaling or one of any number of other techniques and exercises that you've found over the years.

By choosing to make one small, consistent difference in the course of your life, you'll begin to break up the inertia that's gripped you. Each day that you follow through with your choice will take you in a new direction. You have the power to change your life. You just need to work it.

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As a focus coach, hypnotherapist, and speaker, Linda-Ann Stewart motivates women to focus and transform their business through deliberate actions that break through distraction and overwhelm to greater success, freedom, wellbeing and prosperity. Watch her FREE training video on Set Your Course to Success: 4 steps to strategically achieve your goals with confidence and ease. Register for the video and accompanying action planning guide at You can contact her at or 928-600-0452.


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