Pruning Shears of Revision

A few months ago, I wrote about Neville Goddard’s “pruning shears of revision“. Just this week, I was suggesting it to one of my clients. We talked about exciting it is to use it and create new possibilities that can influence future situations. I’m getting ahead of myself…

Do you want something more in your life? Do you want different results than you’re currently getting?

Then, do things differently than you’ve been doing them. Act and speak differently when you’re in common situations. This gets you different results.

Using the “pruning shears” is one way to give yourself some different options when you’re in those situations.

A quick refresher:

At the end of my day, I review the day; I don’t judge it, I simply review it. I look over the entire day, all the episodes, all the events, all the conversations, all the meetings, and then as I see it clearly in my mind’s eye, I rewrite it. I rewrite it and make it conform to the ideal day I wish I had experienced. I take scene after scene and rewrite it, revise it, and having revised my day, then in my imagination I relive that day, the revised day, and I do it over and over in my imagination until this seeming imagined state begins to take on to me the tones of reality. It seems that it’s real, that I actually did experience it and I have found from experience that these revised days, if really lived, will change my tomorrows.
– Neville Goddard

I’ve applied a simplified version–express shears. I wanted to get up earlier each day and feel refreshed and eager to get up and start the day. So, I started with the pruning shears. Each night, I saw that I had gotten up later than I’d like and felt tired and worn out. That was the review part of the exercise. Then, I replayed the morning in my mind–“re-visioned”–it. I saw that I had gotten up that past morning before 6:30am and felt refreshed and eager to get up and get moving with the day. So, I imagined that this past morning was as I wished it had been, instead of how it actually was. I kept playing and seeing the desired morning over and over again. That’s it! That’s all I did. To even my own amazement, it took only about 4-5 days of “re-visioning” before I was waking up before 6:30am (sometimes even as early as 5 am). The best part of all is that I was feeling refreshed and energized. I’d been waking up at those same times, anyway, before. What was entirely different was how great I felt–yes, even at 5am! Well, this has made me a believer!

I call my version the express version, because I only focused on one new thing each evening. Quite frankly, it was only one thing, because it was all I could do before I’d fall asleep.

So, because I’d been visioning the new morning experience, I was actually creating it as a new possibility for the morning. I literally created a new neural pathway in my brain that makes it both easy and possible to wake up early AND refreshed!

I say, it’s working, so keep going! I’ve even added a new thing to my nightly “re-visoning”.

Coach’s Challenge

Think about one thing you’d like to do differently and start “re-visioning” it before you go to sleep at night. Just one thing. Keep it simple! Let us know how it goes.

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