Whenever I find myself procrastinating, I ask myself the following healthy question: “What idea of lack is holding me back?” I call moments of procrastination: lack-attacks.
I have learned over the years that lack-attacks are what defeat the mind; these thoughts of inadequacy and feelings of lack are the primary enemies of one’s incredibly creative nature. Thoughts of not being smart enough, or not having what it takes to succeed, cause lack-attacks, which are cruel and abusive to the mind.
Seeing lack-attacks as cruel and abusive, can motivate you to put an end to the matter right now. Are you ‘lack-attack free’ in all domains of living (mentally, emotionally, physically, socially, financially, family?) Do you ever think, “I’m not smart enough” or “I’m not pretty enough” or “I not wealthy enough” or … ad infinitum. Those thoughts, right there, bring on lack-attacks.
The only reason the mind urges us to do the wrong thing is because it cannot see the right thing to do. And it cannot see the right thing to do when cruel and abusive lack-attacks block its view. By following right rules, I always act rightly when confronted with cruel and abusive thoughts of failure and lack.
Rule # 1: Do not struggle to win a victory over losing thoughts, but do look directly at them – and ‘Deny the Lies‘.
There is a part of you that is displeased with lack-attacks. This part of you does not want these self-limiting opinions to have power over your choices and decisions.
Student: What should I do?
Teacher: Call upon this part of you to let these self-limiting opinions know how wrong they really are about you.
Within a corner of you mind, there is always the means to question any negative opinion that you hold of yourself. You need only use this curious and ambitious part of your mind to investigate further into what you say to yourself that discourages you.
I ask myself, “Do I really want to believe this discouraging self-opinion, or am I willing to replace it with something new.” You will be amazed at how easily you can stop a negative thought-pattern when you become fully awake to it. A great way to awaken to such patterns is to ask questions that put you in command of your mind, not the pattern.
Here is an empowering question that I ask to interrupt any thought-pattern that brings on a lack-attack when I am trying something new: “Do you think I find pleasure in listening to you?” Then I say, “well, I don’t, so you’ll have to talk to yourself.” Simply separating myself from the thought-pattern in this way creates mental space for me to see things differently.
There is a ‘special kind of dissatisfaction’ that leads to true success in any endeavor in life. You must be dissatisfied with thought-habits that put you down. This is the inspirational dissatisfaction – it lifts you up!
Your means to defeat the mind’s enemies is a firm and unwavering decision. Decide right now, “I will no longer allow my mind to be vandalized by cruel thoughts.” Say it again, out loud, “I will longer allow my mind to be vandalized by cruel thoughts.” One more time: “I will longer allow my mind to be vandalized by cruel thoughts.” Do you like this idea? Then use this idea.
Where have you experienced lack attacks?
How have you overcome them?
Thank you for your feedback, Rob
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