Words in themselves have very little power. You can reflect on a thought or idea and if you put it into a specific context it can have some meaning for you. The meaning may even be quite significant. But, if you really want to find out where words can have a huge impact and create some lasting change, use repetition. As fundamental as this sounds, I personally challenge you to try this if only for one day. Take the question from yesterday and instead of just reading it, make it your goal to repeat it to yourself as many times as you can in a 24 hour period.
I can just imagine how many people may read something like this and dismiss the idea. Before you allow yourself such a luxury, remember that you already do what it is that I am suggesting. Most of the thoughts we have throughout any given day are simply the same thoughts repeated over and over again. Unfortunately unless you are consciously choosing these thoughts, most of them will tend to be negative. It is human nature. So, in reality you have nothing to lose.
You are going to be repeating the same thoughts anyway, so why not switch it up a little. For the next 24 hours repeat the following question... "What would you do if $1,000,000 were guaranteed?" and attach that question to anything that you want to improve at, whether it is running a little farther, relaxing a little more, making time to read or write, or even eating better. If there is a strong enough why, real or perceived, the how is virtually effortless. Ironically, that is the way it is supposed to be. If you are finding anything difficult, I challenge that it is us that make things difficult by not having a strong enough why. Have fun with this one and remember, the time will pass anyway.
Jeffrey J. Miller
Soon to be New York Times best selling author
of "The 365 Day Challenge"
If you have not seen it yet and you want to know WHY I am running 20 miles a day, check out this interview... "Making the journey from prison to the World Records"