“Your thoughts and beliefs of the past have created this moment, and all the moments up to this moment. What you are now choosing to believe and think and say will create the next moment and the next day and the next month and the next year.” ~Louise Hay
As I’m developing “My Dreams Matter” you’ll see more inspirational quotes and shared thoughts from some of my favorite mentors. For now, I want to talk about the quote I have posted above by Louise Hay. Long before it was fashionable to discuss the connection between the mind and body, Louise L. Hay published the book, Heal Your Body. Louise had compiled a reference guide detailing mental causes of physical ailments after several years as a counselor. She developed positive thought patterns for reversing illness and creating health.
Her practice hit home when she was diagnosed with cancer. Instead of surgery and drugs, Louise decided to use affirmations, visualization, nutritional cleansing and psychotherapy. Within six months of incorporating this intensive program, she was completely healed of cancer.
Let’s stop and think about this for a moment. Louise was confronted with a life-threatening ailment and decided to choose positive thoughts, clear thinking and healthy visualizations to cure her cancer. In a world of science, this sounds absurd. Except that she cured her cancer and here we are, 35+ years later. She’s still alive and kicking. Her experience touched her so greatly that she has made a career out of positive affirmations and is teaching the rest of us how to make life-changing decisions.
Back to the quote:
“Your thoughts and beliefs of the past have created this moment, and all the moments up to this moment.”
In college, I remember looking through a job resource guide and seeing jobs in Los Angeles for theater set decorator or scenic artist. My thoughts led me to believe that California was way out of my league. Even though I had such a strong pull to do something like this, I really believed that it wouldn’t happen. Not in this lifetime. Not for me. For as long as I believed these thoughts, they were true.
At the time, I believed that since I was from a small, rural town in the Mid-Western United States, that I was little. My thoughts showed me all the reasons why it would be hard for me to do anything of great importance. In fact, my thoughts of “making it” included moving to Chicago, which I eventually did. I became complacent and settled into my new thoughts: I’m bigger now. I made it out of Small Town America.
“What you are now choosing to believe and think and say will create the next moment and the next day and the next month and the next year.”
When I met my husband in 2008, we agreed that we would both be much happier in a warm environment that didn’t include snow or temperatures below 50 degrees. He’s an actor, so it made sense for him to be in LA in order to move forward with his career. Longing for an eternal summer atmosphere, I agreed to move to Los Angeles. Within six months of living here, I had the opportunity to work on a production as a set decorator.
Of course, I was nervous, after all, I had believed that this could never happen to me. Not in this lifetime! My old thoughts of “can’t do that” were being questioned, because somewhere along the way, I said “Yes, I can do that!” No surprise to me, thoughts of fear entered my mind. This place is new to me, and I didn’t have any experience working behind the scenes on a film set. Yet, despite my fears, I went for it anyway. Since then I have worked on 27 sets in three years. I’ve learned that the limit to what I can and cannot do exists only in my mind. I made choices about my thoughts which led to moments that reflected what those choices were.
In closing… if you are unhappy with where you are in your life at this moment, try to change your expectations of yourself. Believe in bigger things. Believe that you are meant to be great. Because you are! Believe in a destiny that fulfills your dreams. If this advice seems intimidating, take a smaller step and simply recognize what it is in your life that makes you unhappy. Try to imagine what you would replace that unhappiness with. The more you pay attention to these insights, the closer you will get to making your own dreams come true. Start today to make decisions that lead you to that place-you-want-to-be.