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Release the Brakes - SP #10

By - Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Success Principle #10:  Release the Brakes

The Principle in a Nutshell: Get out of your comfort zone and self-imposed limitations.   

Discussion: I’m wondering if reading the title of this post evoked fear or excitement for you.  Or a little bit of both?  The truth is most of us live our lives in a pretty confined space.  The thoughts we think are repetitive and the experiences and people we seek out have commonalities.  We like to know what to expect, often more than we want success.  

We limit ourselves with negative self talk even in subtle ways.  Whether the voice says ‘I’ll never be any good at that’ or ‘there’s too much to do, I’ll never get it done’ we are often telling ourselves things that are simply not true.  Canfield suggests positive affirmations for reversing these beliefs, the Sedona Method asks us to simply stretch beyond the belief.  


Sedona Method Release:

What’s an area of your life in which you feel stuck?  Notice the negative self beliefs that accompany that feeling.  For example, ‘I’ll never be a best-selling author’ or ‘Nobody will ever love me’ or ‘I have always (and therefore always will) have this pain or disease’.  And then, to begin, simply recognize that thought as a belief.  That it is not attached to you, and that you probably won’t die if you stop believing it.  Then, dig a little deeper, and ask, is believing that coming from wanting approval, control, security, separation, or oneness?  Whichever want you are most aware of, could you let go of wanting that (just for now)?  And could you let go of wanting to believe that again?  (repeat at least 3 or 4 times until the belief loosens its grip)


Movement/Play Activity:  
    
Ah, release the brakes… where my mind goes with this one.  I see myself flying down the hill at 90+ miles an hour, hair blowing in the wind… but wait…

If you happen to live in a warm environment near an amusement or activity park, you might want to try this in bumper cars.  If all you have is your living room, or your imagination, not to worry, the basic theory will work.  Allow yourself to feel what it feels like to press on the brakes: you can use a wall or the floor.  Notice how your body responds to pressing on the brakes.  And then try gently easing up and notice again what happens in your body.  Then press down on the breaks again, observing the reaction in the body, and this time, don’t ease up, just release the breaks completely.  What images come to mind?  Is it fun?  Or scary?  


What do you think?

Please share with you notice easing up on the breaks versus letting go of the breaks completely.  This will be great material for the next release, so please don’t hesitate.   

 

 

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