Go With the Flow

Have you noticed how much easier things are when you go with the flow?

Go With the FlowYou’ve likely been in a stream or river and noticed that it’s true. It’s much easier to walk with the flow than walk upstream against the flow.

When your actions are aligned with your purpose, everything seems to flow so much easier. It seems that everything is lined right up and gets done quickly and easily.

Not so, when you choose actions that are somehow opposite your purpose. Then, it seems as though everything takes a long time and feels like slugging through the mud!

“Go with the flow” means to choose actions that match your purpose, beliefs, values and desired destination.

Imagine a car with 1 tire mounted at an angle instead of straight ahead. That 1 tire, out of the total of 4, would drag and provide resistance to moving forward. Even in an 18-wheeler with 1 tire askew, there would be noticeable resistance to moving forward. The engine would have to provide more power to move forward.

Do you feel like you need extra power and lots of effort to move forward and make progress toward your desired destination? Does it feel hard and frustrating?

Make sure all your wheels are facing the same direction. Check out your thoughts and actions to find those that are facing a different direction than your desired destination. Here are a few examples…

Desired destination = greater wealth

Signs that a wheel might be facing the wrong direction include thinking or speaking something like these:

  • “I can’t afford that.”
  • “That’s so overpriced! Nobody would pay that much!”
  • “I can’t set my price that high, because it’s too expensive.”
  • “This won’t sell, I’d better lower the price.”
  • “Who do they think they are? The Rockefellers!”
  • “The economy’s so terrible, nobody has any money.”
  • “Can you believe how low these CD rates are?! The banks are just out to make a profit.”

Desired destination = better health

Signs that a wheel might be facing the wrong direction include thinking or speaking something like these:

  • “I’m always in such pain.”
  • “I’m so fat.”
  • “If you don’t exercise, you’ll never be healthy.”
  • “Everyone in my family is overweight, no wonder I can’t lose weight.”
  • “My doctor says there’s no cure, so I guess I’ll always be like this.”
  • “I am so tired all the time.”

Desired destination = a more spiritual life

Signs that a wheel might be facing the wrong direction include thinking or speaking something like these:

  • “I just can’t seem to meditate, my mind is always so busy.”
  • “I just don’t have time for reading or meditating.”
  • “Can you believe what so-and-so just said! They are so judgmental!”
  • “The only right way to believe is what they teach at my church/synagogue.”

Do you see the pattern in the above? The one thing that all of the above statements/thoughts/beliefs share is that they are focused on the opposite of characteristics of the desired destination. The statements highlight and perpetuate the very thing that you “don’t want”.

These statements are just like the 1 askew wheel, because they contribute drag, friction, and resistance to moving forward.

Spend some time this week noticing what drags you down, i.e. what keeps you from going with the easy flow toward your desired destination.

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