When Was The Last Time You Took Inventory?
“Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits. Your habits become your values. Your values become your destiny.” – M.K. Gandhi
When was the last time you took a personal inventory? An inventory of your thoughts and beliefs…the key thoughts and beliefs that drive you day-to-day. Can you remember? Is it something you do regularly, like monthly, annually, or every 5 or 10 years? Or it something you’ve never considered?
Did you know that about 95% of all cognition, all the thinking that drives our beliefs, decisions, and behaviors, occurs unconsciously. That’s in our subconscious mind, which is where they get to drive us and regulate how we move in our lives without us realizing it. [You might want to sit down for this next fact.] The majority of those beliefs and thoughts living in your subconscious were formed when we were children. Yep, children. And since these beliefs live in our subconscious, most of us don’t ordinarily put effort into pulling back that curtain to see what’s controlling things unless something calls for it. Like something major happening in your life that gets your attention and makes you re-evaluate your life and where you’re going, or you work with a coach that notices a disconnect in what you say you want and your actions and you begin to unravel what’s behind it or you just get tired of trying to make something be what you want it to be in your life with no success. All of these can trigger the desire and even the need to see what’s under the covers.
But oftentimes, none of those things happens or something happens but we don’t get uncomfortable enough to want to look, so we continue living with the 7 year old version of us driving, leaving us baffled as to why we can’t get out of our own way in some or many areas of our life.
Well, we are now in a season (based on the planetary shifts in play throughout this month) that is inviting all of us to look under the covers. To pull back the curtain and really see what beliefs and thoughts are driving us in our day-to-day and where it may be time for some of them to be replaced. Replaced with new, empowering, supporting, uplifting beliefs and thoughts that help us begin taking self-imposed limits off our lives.
Of course, this type of personal inventory can be done anytime, and should be a routine part of your self-care practice, but why not take advantage of the Universal invitation to look within and clean the ones out that no longer serve you?
Now, there are so many ways to do a personal inventory, so I won’t get into the details on the hows. But what I will offer is an invitation to bring your spiritual self (i.e., your Higher Power, SOURCE, GOD, Universe, Angels, Guides, Ancestors, whatever you align with) into this practice to support you in raising your awareness of you, your thoughts, your words, feelings, emotions, and perspectives (all of which are clear indicators of your underlying beliefs). Bringing in your spiritual self can take this type of personal inventory from potentially being a very tactical heady exercise, to being a truly life-enhancing practice that supports you in continuously evolving and growing into the next most amazing version of you.
So, here’s to pulling back those covers.
© Pursue Your Passion, LLC
Pam Smith is a certified life coach, business consultant, and professional actress. She supports professionals and entrepreneurs in trusting and honoring their deepest desires and passions to finally begin creating a life they love. www.pursueyourpassionnow.com.