The mind is a wonderful thing. It’s also a total liar and an excuse machine that frequently tries to convince us not to take actions we know are good for us. In the end, this prevents many positive changes from taking place in our lives.
I’ve had to learn to watch these lies and excuses very carefully in order to make the positive changes I’ve made in my life: a healthier diet, regular exercise, meditation, more sleep, daily writing, better planning, less procrastination, more focus, etc.
If I hadn’t learned about these lies and excuses, and how to suppress them, I would never have succeeded in making these positive changes. In fact, until I knew better, I had failed countless times when I was young because my mind’s deceptive tendencies used to get the best of me.
“Insist on peace of mind, health and happiness; these things are God’s will for you. If an old problem continues to stick, pray for inspiration and intelligence. If everything seems to be sticking, stop struggling and thank God constantly for setting you free. Use this treatment exclusively for a week or so. If you feel depressed or discouraged, work to realize Life and Joy, and give thanks for these things. If nervous and frightened, throw the responsibility on God, and tell Him that you know you are safe in His hands. If someone is being troublesome, see only the Presence of God where the troublesome person seems to be. If you want to make faster progress, claim understanding and affirm that Divine Love is working through you.