Every athlete’s (and yes, you are an athlete) power starts in the same place. Whether we start or stop, run hard, run faster, run longer is all controlled in the mind.
All of your power is in the present moment.
It was this truth that released me from a lifetime of inner pain and turmoil. The moment I recognized that the past is over, what is done is done, and that the future is a reflection of what I do each and every moment I was free from my old patterns of thought and behavior. Right now I affect my path, in this very moment in time. The past is over. Yet much of our conflict seems to come from being caught in the past, past habits, thoughts of the past, carrying the pain of the past.
And as much as the past can stall our growth, so can simply wasting time thinking about things that have not occurred. As I worry about the future, daydream without action my power is sitting idle.
“The future is determined by what happens in this moment.”
So as I ponder these things, I recognize that our lives are the summary of our choices – a compilation of all the actions and decisions we have made. Digging deeper, it is easy to see that our lives are a reflection of our thoughts and specifically the thoughts that we act upon. I have thousands upon thousands of thoughts every single day. I do not respond to each of those thoughts. There is a split second in the present moment where I choose to act. It is at that very instant that I affect my path. So simple really, yet so difficult to master.
“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” Proverbs 23:7
You think thoughts.
You choose to act.
Your action has an affect.
The affect of your action becomes reality.
If we wish to change our reality, we must start at the beginning… we must change the thoughts.
Our thoughts and the patterns that our thoughts take have been shaped and learned from a very early age. For the longest time, I believed all of my thoughts, and that I had no means of changing the way that I think. Nothing could be further from the truth. I am not my thoughts, I am greater than they are. I am the awareness within, wading through the thoughts.
Your power is in this moment. Control the thought, choose to act, change the path.
Believe simply that you CAN.