So often when I’m in the midst of one of my cookie cravings, I have such a strong desire for that next bite that I feel powerless not to take that next bite. For example, there are these monster cookies at a local bakery that I often (read ALMOST DAILY) have a strong craving for. When I bite into these soft, perfectly sugary cookies, it’s as if CRAVING MOMENTUM has over-taken me.
At times, we feel that we have no other options than to give into our cravings. This can be an overwhelming feeling because we feel trapped in acting a certain way, trapped in giving into CRAVING MOMENTUM.
I’m prone to eat two cookies really fast without much thought, losing sight of the fact that I’m CHOOSING to take THE NEXT BITE and then CHOOSING to take THE NEXT BITE and then CHOOSING to take THE NEXT BITE.
When I stop to think about it I realize that in fact I’M CHOOSING to take many consecutive bites.
NOW recognizing that I’m choosing to take the next bite of cookie doesn’t automatically mean that I will choose to stop taking bites of cookie. I might still CHOOSE to take bite after bite of cookie. But if before each bite, I discipline myself just enough to pause for a second to recognize that I CHOOSE to take that next bite, suddenly I have more control and power over what I’m doing.
We feel powerless around our cravings whereas our CHOICES give us freedom. Once we realize our cravings are in fact a collection of many CHOICES, we can CHOOSE to engage in the activity we had called a craving or we can CHOOSE not to engage in this activity. The CHOICE is suddenly up to us because WE HAVE GIVEN OURSELVES THE POWER to CHOOSE.
When we put ourselves in charge of our lives, we give ourselves the opportunity to make CHOICES. I’m not saying that giving yourself a CHOICE automatically makes it easy to quit a habit you have wanted to quit.
(In fact, I’m still CHOOSING to participate with my craving for those monster cookies.)
But realizing that you have a CHOICE suddenly puts you in the driver’s seat of your CRAVING MOMENTUM TRAIN. You put yourself in the position where you can realize that you have the freedom to make decisions about your level of participation with your craving.
This realization gives you the option of eventually CHOOSING to no longer participate in your craving.
My level of participation with my monster cookie craving is my CHOICE. Your level of participation with your craving is your CHOICE. We are THAT POWERFUL!
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Jason Freeman is a professional writer, and a one-of-a-kind public speaker. He is the founder and CEO of Heroic Yes! Productions. Jason has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Nebraska. He knows the pain of perceiving one’s life through a lens of limitation and also the thrill of moving beyond that mindset. For more information on Jason’s powerful message, or to book him to present to your organization, go to www.HeroicYesProductions.com.