The Right Continuity: Three Ways to Sanity

“Skill to do comes of doing.”

                                                                                  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

You are not insane!  So many people have adopted the “insanity” definition – doing the same thing expecting a different result – that they are paralyzed with fear over the notion of looking insane.  Repeat after me:  I am NOT insane.  I am not insane! Continuous pursuit of what is right for you, that you passionately believe in is right.

Instead, you are practicing the right continuity.  You are pursuing your passion, lead by your inner drive to effect change.  You see a different path, you hear a different drumbeat, and you live a sane driven life to see your dream fulfilled.  The right continuity often means that you may have to go solo, which is fine so long as you are solid in the endeavor.  The Beatles were told to get lost, people would hnot listen to their music.  Dorothy Irene Height was told that her fight for African American women was in vain.  J. K. Rowling was told that children would not read her books.

These world changing pioneers, and a broad spectrum of others, continued right on.  They spoke out, they wrote-even on a napkin, they sang…over and over again.  Consuming passion meant to them that they could not stop even though it looked like what they were pursuing was insane.

You have the right to continue to pursue your hearts desire.  Instead of giving up, practice these sanity tips:

  1. Check your heart.  Do you feel deep in your heart that what you are doing is right and worthy?  If so, be happy and continue.  If not, objectively make the changes that resonate rightness within your heart and then continuously and bravely move forward.
  2. Check your eyes.  Are you seeing a sane future?  It matters not the chaos of the external world, what matters singularly doing with skill what you see that you must do.  We are all purposed with vision, many cloud their eyes by allowing the myopic cataract of fear to blind them to their right, purposeful and passionate pursuit of a better world.  Keep your eyes clear-see a sane future.
  3. Check your mind.  What are you saying to yourself?  Noticing what you are telling yourself, the stories you believe, can enrich your sanity or drive you to feel that you are insane.  Are you encouraging your passion or slowly blotting it out.  Repeat: I am not insane!

Use words that affirm, see a clear conclusion, and feel in your heart that your a right and that you have the right to continue to pursue your passion and life work.  Develop the skill of doing, practice sanity and rightly continue.

Emotional Exercise 1

Most people fear change. No matter how much you are aware of and talk about making a change in your life usually because of the undercurrent of fear it is not done.

The intent of the Emotional Exercise that I will write about and the Assignment given is to push you beyond the limiting fear. You can rule the world. You can live your dreams. You can climb any obstacle. You can live the best life ever!

 You cannot talk yourself out of what you behave yourself into

Talk just will NOT do it. It takes emotional exercise (action) to change behavior. The reason why I am attaching emotion to exercise is because it takes the two together to modify behavior and outlook. One without the other is futile; exercise without emotion often becomes a faded dream that eventually dissipates into a vague longing which eventually becomes a mark of disappointment.  The pile on of one disappointment after another is the primary reason most people  just give up and retreat to just repetitive sad talk about change.

You can change and be a better person. You can change and connect without fear. You can have the emotional freedom you desire. It takes personal accountability, seeing and feeling your mind power, emotional energy, patience, and potent joy. 

Use Emotional Exercise to create new behavior

Your Emotional Exercise 1 for today:

  • Clear all, I really mean ALL distractions for 30 minutes. No computer, no cell phone, no telephone, no handheld device, no smartphone, no email, no television-NOTHING for 30 minutes.  If you find you are having difficulty doing this for 30 minutes – leave the page. You do not want to change. You are not ready to change. More power to you.  But, if you are willing to invest 30 minutes to refine a new you, then take the next step.
  • Get a piece of paper or go to a clean page in your journal. Write. That’s all you are required to do for thirty minutes. Write free-form, no editing, no thinking about polite words, put your sanitized mind to rest for 30 minutes and just write in random form whatever comes to your mind.  Write everything, anything you want to write.

Write in longhand a stream of consciousness musing. Write what is in your mind. No filters. No judgment. No wrong or right words. Just write words. Describe you. Write.

  • Breathe. Write and breathe in the freshness of putting onto paper everything you can imagine about you, your life, your outcomes, your behavior for the next six months to a year

Take deep breaths, let the words you are writing go deep within-no judgement, no cynicism,  no doubt or fear. Just breathe in refreshing, restorative air and write for 30 minutes.

  • Feel your words. No judgment, no doubt, no reservations here. JUST FEEL! No censors.
  • Stop. When you have reached 30 minutes – STOP. Be disciplined here-stop. Fold your paper and put it away. Do NOT read what you wrote. Fold your page in the journal or fold the sheet of paper you wrote on and put it away. No discussion. Nothing. File your page away in a safe place where only you will see it when you get to Emotional Exercise 2.
  • You are done for the day – feel good about that!

This first imprint Emotional Exercise is complete. It is your pivot step to behavior change.

I am proud of what you have done today.  Look for Emotional Exercise 2 tomorrow. We will build upon this exercise to strengthen your behavior change.

Thank you for your trust and inner courage.