To Dream Your Dream...

All human beings are also dream beings. Dreaming ties all mankind together.

—Jack Kerouac

 
palm tree beach
 

Ahh...the beach.

Wouldn't it be nice if you could go for a long walk on the beach showing off your amazing ideal body? To feel the foamy water on your bare feet as they mush into the sand? To smell the salty air and hear the palm fronds tickling in the afternoon breeze? To know that you didn't have to be anywhere or do anything but enjoy the soothing experience of the ocean? That in that moment in your beautiful, sun-kissed body you felt capable of anything?

When you linger inside that image in your mind's eye, how does it make you feel? Satisfied? Relaxed? Challenged? Frustrated? By this time in the Course, you should more easily find yourself envisioning scenes like this and being open to the possibility of a future that includes experiences like this in the body you want. If you had a more negative response (frustration, etc.) to that mini visualization, you may still be focusing on the lack of your ideal body.

Let's tumble some rocks

A rock tumbler is a device that literally tumbles rocks in a drum to get them smooth and shiny. What we want to do in this lesson is help you smooth out some of your rocks regarding the fact that you are not experiencing your ideal body yet.

Like a sharp pebble in your shoe, it draws all your attention until you have to stop and remove your shoe and get that annoying little pebble out. So let's smooth out some of those sharp pebbles regarding the progress of achieving your ideal body.

 

Course Practice

Tumbled Rocks Play

List Template (PDF)

List Template (PDF)

Compass Playbook intentionally sidesteps focusing on negative aspects by helping you avoid giving attention to what is unwanted. In this Play, you will generate a slew of new aspirations from desires triggered by distasteful observations without staying in the spotlight of negativity. Use what you don’t want as inspiration for what you do want.

Step 1: Start by listing the things that are grabbing your attention regarding:

  • What you don't like about your body condition right now
  • What frustrates you or worries you about obtaining your ideal body condition
  • What is concerning you regarding how you're going to make it all happen or how it will come about
  • The timeline of when it will all unfold and you'll get to that ideal body condition
  • Anything else that may be keeping your attention on the lack of your ideal body condition
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Be careful not to let your emotions get too into the red zone (negative), as it will be more challenging to recover. If you've got a lot of focus on lack and the absence of your ideal body, then this list will populate easily. Make the list quickly, capturing the things that are most present and top-of-mind and then move on to the next step.

Step 2: For each item you listed, write at least three new statements that counterbalance the thought. You should feel a sense of relief, even hope, after each one. For example:

Untumbled rock: I'm really tired of being fat. (focused on what's missing, negative statement, frustration.)

Tumbled rock: I know that I can do something about my weight. I've done it before, and I can do it again. The good news is now I have this Course to help me get to the root of why the results I achieve don't stick over time. I can be more understanding with myself and allow this all to unfold in a more pleasant way. I can choose to enjoy the process and then celebrate when I've achieved my goal. (More positive, focused on the positive aspects of the situation, a perspective shift, focus given to what's coming and away from what is missing or doubt based on past experiences.)

Remember to focus on what you are currently living from a place of appreciation. Acknowledging how far you've come, what you've learned and accomplished, and where you are right in this very moment. When you focus so much on what's missing, you perpetuate the state of it not being present in your life. Love yourself and love your body right where it's at. That's the quickest way to elevate your mood and get your compass needle pointing back to your Magnetic North.