My wife used to say to me, “you’re always saying you feel run down!” … whenever I told her I was feeling run down, which it appears, was about 3 times a week for a very long time. Usually this run down feeling was after I’d been on the computer for too long without a break, so though there was a clear cause, I read something one day that made me think there may be more to it than that:
“Always say, ‘I feel great.’ Never let thoughts of weakness enter consciousness.” Mary Burmeister
This made me realise that I was doing exactly that – every time I said, “I’m feeling run down”, I was flooding my consciousness with this weak thought. I wondered if maybe it was my old friend ‘habit energy’ at work again. That the habit of saying it was making it more real, and that it was a habit I’d picked up from someone, somewhere in my past and just kept repeating.
So about a month before Christmas I stopped saying “I’m feeling run down,” and shortly afterwards, I stopped feeling it. I started to think, “I feel great!” more, and I started to feel that too.
Do I still feel bad after using the computer too much? Yes, but I know that the reason is simply that I’ve used the computer too much, and that this didn’t need to turn me into a run-down person, just a person that needs to manage his computer use better!
So to stop feeling run down, it seems I just had to stop saying it, and start to say the the positive opposite instead. It looks like it was just a bad habit I picked up or inherited along the way.
“Creas lo que crees” – You create what you believe (Spanish proverb).