Weeding out the memes

It is funny how some memes can creep up on you. The current one I am weeding out is “You can’t make money doing what you love.” It became clear to me how ridiculous this idea is when my friend and I each could see the endless opportunities for making a good living from the other person’s dream career. The only shift required is one of perception.

This old meme is closely linked to “There is no money in it.” and “Work isn’t supposed to be fun.” It is relatively easy to tear these ideas down with logic, but the tricky part is to integrate the new ideas into the subconscious mind.

Changing a meme is something I have done before with self-esteem, I changed my thoughts about myself from negative to positive. It makes sense to me that the same process could work for any idea that needs changing. Here are some ideas to bust apart those memes.

1. Believe it is possible. Our minds like doing easy things. If we believe a task is difficult or impossible, then we give up before we have a chance to start.

2. Use affirmations. Repetition worked to get the meme into your mind, it can work to get them out. Choose affirmations that are stated in the positive and the present tense, like “There are many people who are looking for my services. I am in demand and I make good money doing what I love to do.”

3. Go general. If you get stuck in the downward spiral of negative thoughts, get general in your thoughts, rather than specific. Try “I’ve figured out things like this before. If one other person can live their dreams it means it is possible. In time I will figure it all out.”

4. Dare to be different. Leaving behind an idea that doesn’t serve you is a bit like standing out in the crowd. It can be unsettling to be singled out as being different, but all you have to ask yourself is “Is the discomfort of staying where I am worse than the fear of living my dreams?”

5. Take action. Take small little steps everyday toward what you want in your life. Those small actions should never be discounted, every drop makes the ocean.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Jody Thompson
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 00:01:10

    This is so true and just what I needed to hear tonite after a rough week. Thank you!! Cheers.

    Reply

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