How do you know if your thinking is off? You will feel bad. When you feel bad it is because you are focusing on what you don’t want, what you don’t like, or what you are lacking.
You have the power to create your own opportunities. Every day in your mind create the ideal life you want. As children we are all very creative we daydream, we play, we act and it feels fantastic. When I was a child I loved cowboy movies. I dressed as a cowboy had my cowboy Stetson hat, my holster and toy Colt six-shooter, and rode my imaginary horse in the fields outside my home. I would lie on the grass and watch the clouds go by, I would make the clouds into pictures. With my thoughts in the clouds, there was nothing I could not do. Nowhere I could not go. I was fearless, courageous, honourable and always successful! I would run into the river and pretend the Indians were hiding in trees, I would shoot them and walk home a hero. The next day I would be a musketeer. I would play with my wooden sword and fight the evildoers. The king would knight me and I would be the man! Later I would play with my soccer ball and be the best soccer player in the world the crowds would cheer me when I score my goals. As we get older we are told to stop daydreaming to grow up and get real!
We crush, suppress and hide the innocence within us and many of us become jaded, pessimistic and negative. We see ourselves as being real, being honest, being responsible. But we feel bad.
You have the power to create your own opportunities. Every day in your mind create the ideal life you want. Get back in touch with the child inside you. Dream your dreams! Dream big, and make your dreams as real in your imagination as you possibly can.
Know what you want, where you want to go and who you want to be. Imagine yourself as being the perfect you, What would you look like? How would you sound? Who would you be with? How would you be spending your time? In Aikido this is called visualization practice. First, we do the activity or move in our heads. We imagine a person coming to attack, hurt, or injure us, and we deal with the situation successfully mentally. The next step a person physically comes and we do physically what we just did mentally a few seconds ago. The result is a success. The mind leads the body. That is the proper order of things. When the body leads the mind the order is reversed and things break down.
See yourself as being successful. Dress yourself up. Wear the best clothes, nice cologne, drive a high-class automobile, live in your ideal house. Have the ideal family. Create the ideal relationship with your partner, spouse, children and friends. See it, feel it, hear it, smell it and taste it. When you have done all this, you will feel so good. Tell yourself “It is possible! I deserve this! This is my destiny! I can make this all happen. I carry weight. I matter I count!” Get out of your head and step into your greatness.
Do the thing you are passionate about. Love the thing you do and everything else will work out. Keep the faith. Take a leap and develop your wings on the way down. You want something go get it. Do what you have to do. Pay the price. Put in the time. Give yourself completely, blood, sweat and tears, hold nothing back. What you want will show up. You will own it! No one or nothing will take it from you. You will have earned it. Until next time I wish you peace love and success. Martin Acton Sensei