Weathering the Storm

Do or do not. There is no try”

The blog was stuck in my head, refusing to come out.

I’d been struggling with writing it for weeks. Despite a clear vision of what I thought I wanted to say, the words were just plain stuck. The more effort I applied the more mired in concrete they felt.

It appeared the story here wasn’t really about my selected blog topic. The larger issue seemed to be my objection to writing it.

And so, I decided to follow the thread of the resistance I was experiencing instead.

The Law of Reversed Effort

The official label for what I’m experiencing is “The Law of Reversed Effort” which states that the harder we “try” the lower the likelihood of success will be.

“Trying” is a ‘neither here nor there” process that indicates lack of commitment to our goal and provides an excuse for throwing in the towel.

Here’s how this can play out: on a conscious level, I’ve got a blog to write and I’ve selected a topic that is relevant to our readers. Wanting nothing more than to get the job done, my conscious mind jumps in, ready to apply logic to the task of managing what and how to deliver the message.

Meanwhile, my subconscious and unconscious minds, whose job is to provide safety and protection, are busy evaluating my conscious actions and scouring the library of memories from my lifetime to ensure it’s safe to proceed.

And, it hits the jackpot! I have lots memories stowed away that provide ample reason to shut the conscious mind down; fear, safety and doubt to name a few.

These hidden memories carry more energy than the action I am undertaking. Limiting beliefs about my ability to find the words to convey my message are triggered and I end up staring at my monitor wondering what in the world makes me think I can do this no matter how hard I “try.”

The trouble is that the ever-logical conscious mind is rendered useless whenever it is left facing a problem. Each time it gets shot down it automatically fires back with “let’s try this again.”

Trying is nothing more than an attempt at something, leaving success up to chance. Whatever we’re “trying” to do might work. Might not. It’s wishy-washy. It’s weak energy that leaves the door open to giving up.

“The harder we try with the conscious will to do something, the less we shall succeed. We cannot make ourselves understand; the most we can do is to foster a state of mind, in which understanding may come to us.” ~ Aldous Huxley

Efforting our way to accomplishing our goals generates struggle. It implies pushing and forcing and controlling the process. It will take us on a journey down the bumpy road.

What the commitment to “trying” ignores is the aspect of adjusting. Often, we don’t know what we don’t know when we begin to move toward our goals. The pathway to success on our journey is never a straight trajectory; it always requires action followed by adjustment.

When we apply focused energy to our goals, putting one foot in front of the other and adjusting as the pathway unfolds, we will achieve our goals. It’s a matter of staying the course through to the end….even when it sometimes takes us to an unexpected outcome!

“Don’t pretend that trying is the same as doing. They are two completely different postures.” ~Michael Hyatt

Belief is what drives the will to succeed in achieving our goals. Without belief, all the effort we can muster will never take us where we want to go.

In the words of Master Yoda:

There you go. And so do I.

It’s all in our minds; our successes, our presumed failures, our ups and our downs. Even our abilities. We approach life from the outside in, trying to achieve what our perception of the outer world’s requirements for success.

Our life force exists within us. It is not to be found anywhere in our outer reality. Creating what we want in life requires us to go inside where all the answers lie.

The mind is a powerful tool that we can learn to partner with rather than be limited by. The scientific field of brain study has turned upside down the long-held premise that the capacity of the brain to develop and change throughout life was impossible.

Per Wikipedia, the science of “Neuroplasticity, is an umbrella term that describes lasting change to the brain throughout an individual’s life course.”

So, change, it appears is (or can be) entirely possible. We need not stay stuck in old patterns and beliefs that may have been imprinted on us from our childhood or even past lives.

It is possible to change our beliefs
It is possible to change our habits
It is possible to change our direction in life
It is possible to live a life beyond our wildest dreams
And it is possible to change our minds with ease and flow

So, the title of this post in an unexpected way, still suits this content even though this isn’t what I set out to write.

Weathering the Storm was intended to represent the trees in our yard that were burdened and bowed by the weight of a recent, heavy snowstorm. It appeared likely the trees would break under the weight of it all.

But in a metaphor for life, though the burden threatened their survival, as the snow began melting, without any effort, their branches began lifting. And today they stand tall, stronger than ever, ready and waiting for spring to appear.

It’s like that for us too.

Though the burdens of life may weigh us down, the promise of a new season gives us the strength and determination to weather the storm. It’s our choice every step of the way.

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4 Responses to Weathering the Storm

  1. Love, love, love this article, Rita!
    Great inspiration and reminders how powerful we are-how powerful our minds are, what we CAN do!

    Thank you for sharing the Yoda/Luke scene. Brought back fond memories of that era when everyone seemed so entranced with the notion of what is possible…and Yoda became our role model!

    He is a wonderful role model still in the many challenges we all may face in our daily lives, our country’s life and the world’s life!

    Thank you for allowing this article to emerge from your heart!

  2. Michelle says:

    Congrats Rita! Rumblstrips has inspired and challenged when I needed it most. Thank you for the many gifts and wise perspective. Can’t wait to see the next neuroplastic chapter!

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