Hope everyone is living as much as possible in the moment, enjoying the day and being grateful generally.
My main topic for today is persuasion.
During my medical practice years, I used some standard type persuasion, believing some method or treatment would be "good" or valuable for the patient. Since going into the MindBody treatment and approach, I have recognized that persuasion is an important factor in the treatment, but it is not like a sales pitch, trying to convince you to buy something or to do something, it is about having a dialogue, communicating and exchanging of values and ideas.
YOU ARE THE HARDEST PERSON THAT YOU WILL EVER TRY TO PERSUADE
Patients frequently tell me something like "I know what I want to do, but I can't seem to get myself to do it, even though I know I should do it". "Knowing" is always easy compared to acting. At the point where you act- real consequences occur. Patients frequently want you to teach them, influence them or direct them as to how to change. My response is along the lines of I can't actually change you, I can guide and make suggestions, but only you can change you.
Self-persuasion is the hardest form of persuasion So, how does one persuade themselves?
Not easy, but doable. Write down a list of things you know you want to do, but are not doing. Ask yourself, does this idea have enough value to persuade me? Are there doubts or questions about it? What is stopping me from making a commitment to act on it?
Self-persuasion, although difficult, must come first and is s requisite for developing and using any advanced skills and abilities. It must come before self-leadership, because if one I cannot lead or manage themselves, one will not be able to influence others.
THOUGHTS FOR TODAY
When you spend your time worrying and over-thinking everything, you're simply using your imagination to create things you don't want.
Refuse to build a monument to some problem by identifying yourself with a problem (e.g., "I am an alcoholic, a failure, etc.").
If your expectations are guided by fearful thoughts about stressful situations, then the results will likely be just as fearful.
Most of our internal dialogue focuses on our shortcomings and this constant fear and worry are our bodies greatest enemies. What is on your mind ends up in your body.
Recently got a comment if it was OK to ask questions. Yes, of course, I will answer as best I can. Comments and questions appreciated.
Self-hypnosis, meditation and positive thinking improve outlook.