I often see people who regret missing out on things in life. These same people often say things like: “I have a hard time breaking out of my shell” or “I wouldn’t do that, it’s just not me”. This type of thinking, along with other thoughts that hold you back, we call “limiting beliefs”. They are beliefs or thoughts that limit your true potential and keep you from living your life to the fullest. Other examples of this are phrases like “I can’t afford that”, “I wouldn’t know where to start”, “Change is hard”.
Let’s start with “I can’t afford that”. This type of thinking devalues you! You are not giving yourself enough credit for what you can truly accomplish. This is not to say that everyone needs to work towards owning a mansion and a yacht, there is a difference between extravagance and having the things you need to make you content. Maybe you’ve always wanted to take a trip to some exotic location, maybe you love to cook and you’ve always wanted a kitchen that any chef would envy. Maybe you’ve always wanted that awesome convertible since you were a child. Let’s try replacing “I can’t afford that” with “What do I need to do to get there”. All of the sudden, what you thought was unobtainable, becomes possible! The important thing to do is look at those things the you “can’t afford” and decide if they are things that would truly add value and contentment to your life. If they would not, then let them go but if they would, then go for it!
As far as “I wouldn’t know where to start” and “Change is hard”, well, you are whoever YOU want you to be! You can wake up tomorrow (or even start right now) and be whoever or whatever you want to be. YOU are the only one holding yourself back and the place to start is with a first step. Change is only as hard as you make it, if you eliminate this limiting belief, change is the easiest thing in the world. In fact, change is inevitable, it happens all around us every second of every day and it is happening right now inside of you. Have fun with it! Go out and get a new outfit that you never would have worn before, sit down with a new person and eat lunch, get in the car and start driving with no plan or destination, break out of yourself and discover a new self. All of those people that you worry about judging you? Chances are they are probably not thinking all that much about you, and even if they are, why should that affect what you do and who you are. Be the person you want to be, live the life you want to live and leave regret behind.
Acupuncture and Oriental medicine works on all levels: mind, body and spirit. If you feel like you are not living your life to its fullest potential, a skillful practitioner can help lay the groundwork and “guide” you through these obstacles and put you on a path to living a fulfilled and contented life.