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If you want to accomplish something, you must first expect it of yourself.
– Wayne Dyer
A few days ago we experienced a water main break on our street, and to repair it meant we would be without water for a few hours. No biggie…until you want to wash your hands.
As each hour passed, my aggravation began to build. I took a breath, and in my usual contemplative fashion, proceeded to peel back the layers. What I discovered was that it boiled down to feelings of expectation. I expected water dammit, and the fact that I didn’t have it threw me into a frenzy.
You know, it’s so easy for us to expect simple things like running water and electricity, yet when it vanishes we are taken aback and (some of us) immediately report our displeasure on social media with angry emojis. How dare a water main break, didn’t the water gods know I was just about to get dinner started?
It’s silly when you think about it, but there’s a lesson built into this modern day, first-world problem. Let’s examine the idea of expectations, more specifically, the expectations you have for the health of your body.
Do you expect good health?
Do you believe good health is possible for you? Do you expect it? If not, perhaps that’s the reason you aren’t experiencing it.
Stay with me here because this isn’t just some feel-good mumbo jumbo. There’s some real science to back up the power of your mind to influence your health. It’s called epigenetics, or the study of external and environmental factors that turn your genes on and off, ultimately defining how your cells read those genes.
This should fill you with hope and excitement, because perhaps for the first time in your life, you are being introduced to the very real idea that you are not a victim of your genetics.
And furthermore, just because everyone in the office has a nasty cold, doesn’t mean you have to catch it too.
Mind over body
According to Dr. Bruce Lipton, cell biologist and author of The Biology of Belief:
Instead of the widely held, largely deterministic belief among biologists about genetics, namely that our genes “control” or “determine” us, it is rather the case that our genes respond to cues in their environment, such as one’s experience and perception of, or beliefs regarding your own life.
He goes on to say:
Your thoughts adjust the brain’s control of the blood, which in turn controls the fate of the cells … mind over body!
Do you realize what this means? If you aren’t experiencing the health that you deserve, you must change your mind and expect it!
So how does this translate into better health? A simple flip in perception will bring about subtle changes in how you live your life.
For example, expecting a clean bill of health at your annual checkup will prompt you to make small, yet powerful choices in alignment with good health, such as taking a daily walk, drinking more water, and eating vegetables.
On the other hand, if you already have it in the cards that your blood pressure is going to be high, then why would you do anything to prevent it?
Become a witness to your thoughts and beliefs
All I’m asking you to do is become a witness to your thoughts and see what you discover. Do you constantly expect the worst? Do you expect to get diabetes because your mother has it and, after all, it’s “in the genes”?
Listen to the words you speak.
Do you bitch about every ache, pain, and sniffle to anyone who will listen? Or maybe you don’t even have a sniffle, but you totally expect it because Sally in the next cubicle is hacking up her left lung and you just know you’re going to catch whatever she’s got.
By the way, please don’t be surprised when you catch Sally’s cold…after all, you were expecting it!
This holiday season…give yourself the gift of positive expectations
It’s time to shake things up my love! How about rather than going down that same old tired rabbit hole of doom and gloom (which NEVER feels good), you begin expecting good things for your health (which ALWAYS feels good)?
How about practicing positive expectations so frequently that it becomes as natural as expecting water to trickle out of your faucet when you turn the handle? It’s not entitlement; it’s your birthright.
Good health is a gift…
but to enjoy good health…
you must expect good health.
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