On this episode of the Vegan Life Coach Podcast our goal is to help you see problems from a very different angle than you’re used to.
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In the book, The Power of Now” Eckart Tolle says, “NOW is all we have.”
That does not mean we shouldn’t have goals for the future. It means that on our path to our goals, we can be present, live in gratitude, operate from a place of abundance, and put the positive energy out that we want to get back.
When it comes to problems, all too often we think, “Once I __________, I’ll be happy, at peace, and/or free from stress… Once I lose weight, land the right job, or find my soulmate everything will be butterflies and rainbows.
We tend to think that one day we could be free from problems… Like there’s a magical place that we would get to and we would then be happy and free.
What if we changed that thinking and began to explore our problems from a different angle? What if we acknowledged that there is an underlying issue. For many of our Vegan Life Coach Academy members, the root cause of unhappiness is the core belief, “I’m not enough.”
So many people are longing for the day that they can feel whole.
When you don’t feel whole, you feel incomplete, when the reality is that you are already whole.
If you really think about it, there is no “arrival.” You’re never going to arrive at this magical place where you’re free from all problems.
When you’re single for example, you have one set of problems. You may dislike dating and think that if you found the right guy to marry everything would be fantastic in your life. But then, when you find that guy, and you do get married, have you “arrived” and have no more problems?
Of course not! You’ve simply arrived at a whole new set of problems!
Why are we running around so stressed and anxious all the time, trying to solve our problems as quickly as possible? What if we accepted the fact that once one problem is solved, there is going to be a new problem that arises. It’s just going to be a different problem. This is called life!
We call it the human experience… Having a problem, facing it, learning, evolving, and then having new tools to use for the next problem.
So let’s take a deep breath here.
Problems are simply our own perception of a situation. Problems are created in the mind. In fact, the mind is the only place problems exist.
What’s a problem for one person could be an ideal circumstance for another.
If you’re somebody who doesn’t want children and you get pregnant that’s a problem, right ?
If you’re dying for kids however, and you get pregnant, it could be the happiest day of your life.
What happens is that our perceived problems cause negative emotions, and we are afraid of negative emotion. So what do we do? We fight. We fight to make those problems go away. We fight because we think freedom is on the other side of that problem, but that’s not the case.
Instead, what if we learned to perceive situations in a way that will allow us to grow. What if we acknowledged, accepted, and even embraced the problems we have, because without them we wouldn’t be human. Without problems we wouldn’t exist… We’d be dead!
So, how do we change our perspective on a situation?
We use the tool that we teach at Vegan Life Coach Academy… the Self-Empowerment Coaching System (episode 7).
The Self-Empowerment Coaching System is based on the idea that we have the power to write a different story for ourselves, and our lives, including our problems. SECS helps us learn how we can perceive our “problems” in a productive way and take action to solve them.
So, remind yourself… Problems are forever. Take a deep breath. Feel yourself relax a bit. There’s no big rush!
We don’t have to walk around in a hurry all day every day flying by the seat of our pants trying to solve the current problem because there’s just gonna be another one waiting for you once you solve the current one.
It’s called life! I wake up every morning feeling grateful to be alive. Do you?
In closing, let’s take some notes from Albert Einstein who said, “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”
Becoming the master of our minds, including our perception of our problems, will completely transform our lives!
We hope this episode and tips we shared save you time as you stock your pantry, fridge, and freezer with staples so that you can eat healthy, delicious, and nutritious meals conveniently.
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