Once upon a time, there was a frog sitting by a riverbank when along came a Scorpion.
“Hello Frog,” said Scorpion. “I wonder if you would be kind enough to give me a ride across the river on your back.”
Frog knew that Scorpion couldn’t swim.“I don’t think that’s a good idea,” said Frog. “You have a deadly sting. You might kill me.”
“But why would I do that?” replied Scorpion. “If I stung you, we would both die.”
“Mmm,” thought Frog. “That makes sense.”
“Alright Scorpion, jump onto my back and I will give you a ride across the river,” he said.
So Scorpion jumped onto Frog’s back and Frog began to swim across the river. But halfway across, Scorpion took his deadly sting and stuck it into Frog’s back. And as the poison filled Frog’s body, his arms began to stiffen and they both began to sink.
“Why?” gasped Frog in despair.
“Sorry Frog,” said Scorpion. “It’s just my nature.”
And Frog and Scorpion died.
Can you change?
Or do you think that your nature is fixed and unchangeable?
But how different would your life be if you changed just 1%?
1% doesn’t sound very much, does it?
When someone goes on a diet they often decide to change everything. They cut out foods they like and attempt to add in foods that they often don’t like and then wonder why the diet doesn’t last very long?
And how about in relationships? You might read lots of self-help books and watch videos about how to make your relationship into the one you want or how to attempt to change the person you’re in a relationship with to act the way you want them to. Good luck with that!
It’s a lot of effort and it doesn’t get you the results you want.
The same thing happens when someone decides to change things at work. Maybe you read books and blogs on how to build success, how to influence people, how to get on with the new boss.
Again a lot of effort with often little result.
But how about if you just made a small change?
How about if you just changed things 1%?
And I’m not even talking about making physical changes, I’m talking about treating yourself to 1% less thinking about the things you need to change?
So instead of focusing on the diet you need to go on, and whether your stomach wobbles when you clean your teeth, you let go of 1% of that thinking.
And instead of focusing on how much you want your partner to change and what you can do to make him or her change, how about letting go of 1% of that thinking?
So what does 1% look like?
Let’s take an average workday of 8 hours. 8 x 60 minutes. 1% of that is 4.8 — nearly five minutes. That’s all.
You just need to let go of persistent thinking for 5 minutes a day. You can do this however you want to. As soon as you feel a familiar feeling, and know that you’re in that type of thinking again, you just notice it and tell yourself whatever occurs to you to let the feeling go.
You know that insecure, unhappy, anxious thinking can become habitual. You get into patterns of thought and then you feel bad, but when you stop running those patterns, you feel better and who wouldn’t want to feel better for even 1% of the time? And the better you feel, the more likely you are to want more of that and 1% can become 5% and on and on.
Imagine feeling worse for 1% of the time? 5 more minutes a day feeling upset or sad. It may not sound very much but research proves that every minute counts. If you’re spending minutes a day obsessing over worrying thoughts, the impact of those minutes can be felt at any time during the day.
How your thoughts affect your ability to change.
We are always experiencing thought in the moment. You feel what you think. You might say that you want to change, you might tell people that you’re going to change but unless you think about how to change, it ain’t going to happen. All experience comes from inside out.
This is because your blood’s chemistry is largely impacted by the chemicals sent from your brain. Brain chemistry adjusts the way the blood is made up based upon your thoughts. So this means that your thoughts about any given thing, at any given moment, can influence the brain chemistry, which, in turn, affects your cells. In other words, your thoughts have a direct and overwhelmingly significant effect on cells.
According to Dr. Bruce Lipton, Cellular Biologist, gene activity can change on a daily basis. If the perception in your mind is reflected in the chemistry of your body, and if your nervous system reads and interprets the environment and then controls the blood’s chemistry, then you can literally change the fate of your cells by altering your thoughts.
In fact, Dr. Lipton’s research illustrates that by changing your perception, your mind can alter the activity of your genes and each gene can express itself in over 30,0000 different ways. He gives more detail by saying that the gene programs are contained within the nucleus of the cell, and you can rewrite those genetic programs by changing your blood chemistry.
Dr. Lipton says, “Since the subconscious programs operate outside the range of consciousness, we don’t experience ourselves playing out these behaviors. Therefore, we don’t even see ourselves sabotaging our own lives, and as a result, we don’t take responsibility for the lives we lead. We see ourselves as victims of forces outside of our control. It’s hard to own what we’ve done our whole lives. So we perceive ourselves as victims, and we believe that genes are in control.”
So your cells respond to your thoughts and your emotions and your mind’s perception of the world changes the biology and chemistry of your body which changes the cells in your body.
So all of this means that you all have the power to re-choose your life. You can choose to live differently, to feel differently just by thinking differently. In so doing, you set in motion a new level of awareness of the infinite possibilities within each of us.
So spend 1% of your day today, just five minutes, noticing how many minutes you spend worrying, obsessing, or complaining about something in your life, and then maybe spend 1% of your time looking at whatever it is that you don’t like, in a different light.
And I hope that you have even 1% more of what you want.