Sometimes when we take full responsibility for our recovery from illness and discomfort we can wonder if we can really do it. In this post, I will share 3 mental techniques to help you overcome doubt.
It is ok to doubt ourselves and question if what we are doing is right from time to time. It can help keep us on the correct track. What we thought and believed last week may have changed, so checking every so often is a good thing.
But doubt does not mean that we should hope and aim for our recovery because as the Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh says:
Because you are alive anything is possible
Let me share my interpretation of this quote. We do not know enough to predict any future outcome. We don’t know enough information. Whatever situation we are in at this exact moment there is exactly the same possibility of the worst case scenario or the best case scenario happening.
There are many examples of people spontaneously recovering from various diseases, which I will discuss in a future post. So anything is really possible.
When in doubt we can hope and do everything in our power to give ourselves the highest possibility of achieving the best case scenario. We can do this by, in each moment, selecting the behaviour that is most likely going to take us towards our goal.
The 3 mental techniques which will help us focus towards our goal and help remove doubt are:
Have a burning desire to make it happen, as Ayn Rand states:
“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”
Have a strong belief that the goal is possible and within reach. We know because in each moment there are a million possibilities and our recovery is one of those possibilities. So let’s believe in and focus on this favoured outcome.
We have to expect an outcome so why not expect the outcome of recovery. Expectancy is like hope but more with the added focus from the Desire and Belief.
I hope this post helped remove any doubt you may have around your recovery. And remember whilst we are alive anything is possible.