Cheers to a fresh start
There are lots of steps involved in creating a fresh start. Some are automatic, like putting one foot in front of the other, and some are planned with paper and pen and calendars and charts. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could just write an order to the Universe for a fresh start and have it delivered to us? That would be beyond magical, but in reality there’s nothing magic about it.
I believe that starting fresh can be as simple as putting all your attention into doing that one thing and blocking thoughts that are counter-productive to your end goal. For example (this is an example I’ve used before), you’re preparing a recipe and realize you’re missing an important ingredient. It’s raining and storming outside and the last thing you want to do is tackle the weather. Let me stop for a moment and explain that I’ve been there many times myself. Since I started cooking for health reasons I have not been the most organized ‘chef’. But I’m working on it.
Anyway, back to the example. It would be counter-productive to your end goal to come up with excuses for not going out to buy the missing ingredient. If you spend 15 minutes trying to wrangle your way out of it you are 15 minutes further away from your goal than when you started. So instead of sabotaging your efforts — and your meal — focus on what you want to accomplish and follow the steps that will lead to that result. Don’t think, just do. Grab your coat and your umbrella and go shopping.
In the above example you are the one delivering the end result. The ingredient is not being delivered by The Universe Special Delivery Service. But you see, by focusing on what you want (and not on what you don’t have) the steps to finishing your recipe become not only obvious but the only option.
Now this may sound silly to you. You might be thinking something like “Of course I can finish the recipe if I go out and buy the ingredient. Why are you telling me this?”
The point is we often set up roadblocks to success without realizing we’re doing it, and most of the time we do it with thoughts that we’re not even aware we’re thinking.
Training your mind to act on your own behalf works no matter what you’re trying to accomplish. Sometimes the path becomes clear rather quickly and other times it can take days, weeks or even longer. But it always works. The mind is a powerful tool and it’s a tool we can learn to control.