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New Views

We are in charge of what we see. If what we are seeing isn't true for us then we can change our perspective and adopt new views. Here's a cool quote by Abraham Lincoln:
I shall try to correct errors when shown to be errors, and I shall adopt new views so fast as they shall appear to be true views.
What if what you believed to be true, simply wasn't? How often do we challenge our views? I'm reading a wonderful book called Excuses Begone: How to Change Lifelong Self-Defeating Thinking Habits by Dr. Wayne Dyer. In the book, Dr. Dyer encourages the reader to challenge their habitual thoughts instead of simply accepting them as "gospel truths." Too many of us have allowed our culture, habitual thoughts, parents, teachers, bosses, etc. to determine our truths. What if they are wrong? What if what you have come to believe simply isn't true? 

Do you have a process to examine the truth of your thoughts or believes? You can easily start discovering your truths by asking of every thought or belief, "Is this true?" Then ask, "How can I know that this is true?"

If you've repeatedly told yourself that you can't pursue a certain career because it's too hard, ask yourself, "Is it true that pursuing this career is going to be too hard?" "How can I know that pursuing this career is going to be too hard?" What if it were easy? What if the right people, the right circumstances, the right funding, etc. all came together to assist you in your desire? How can you know that it isn't going to be easy?

I believe that we attract what we are. Therefore, if we believe it is going to be hard, difficult, or impossible, it will be. If, on the other hand, we choose to believe that the universe will provide for us, it will.
When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it.
~Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Ralph Waldo Emerson said it this way:
Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen. 
How can you know the truth of your thoughts? How can you know it will be hard? Is it true that it will be hard? Paulo and Ralph don't believe so. Universal law is such that once you set your intention upon something, nothing can stop you from achieving it but your own commitment. With this counter truth, you are now armed to conquer all excuses. When we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change. So why not change your beliefs, and adopt new views to hold as your governing truths. Do as Henry Ward Beecher suggests and push truths till you encounter the counter truth. The counter truth is every bit as viable for you as the truth. You decide which view empowers you. The other one can be hastily set aside. Life's too short for shackles.


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