Nothing Much vs. Everything!

by Eugene on February 24, 2011

I’m sure you’ve heard this before: “repetition is the mother of all learning.”  Sound familiar?  Do you remember your beginning multiplication table lessons?  What’s 2 x 2, or 12 x 12?  Of course you know the answers are 4 and 144 respectively.  Our teachers and parents had us repeat them so often, the first 12 are ingrained deeply in us.  Quickly what’s 13 x 14?  Sure some may know it immediately but if you’re anything like me, that’s one you’ll need to work out rather than just “knowing” it since that wasn’t on the memorization list.  How about the concept of positive affirmations?  The idea of speaking positively to ourselves.  Affirmations don’t have to be in the form of some elaborate speech.  One of the simplest I know of…Nike’s Just Do It! Other examples: “I can do it” or “Everyday in every way I’m getting better and better” or “I’m someone special.” Affirmations come, unfortunately, in the negative as well.  You ever find yourself saying something like, “It’ll be just my luck…?”  Usually when we utter that phrase we end it with something negative.  We’re saying its just my luck that something bad is going to happen or things aren’t going my way, correct?  I’m a firm believer with every fiber of my being that all is supposed to work out in my favor.  I know great things are supposed to happen to me.  Its my birthright!  Yours as well!  Earlier in life I questioned, do things work out for me because I believe they’re supposed to or do I believe they’re supposed to because they work out for me?  I’d imagine its some combination of both with a greater responsibility for the outcome stemming out of my positive belief.

We’ve created many habits in our lives, many we’ve forgotten about long ago, ie. which pant leg you put on first or which side of your mouth gets brushed first or the way you arrange your clothes, etc.  And of course we can continue that list for pages.  All of what I just mentioned are arguably trivial habits at best.  Fact is though, they are habits nonetheless which is not necessarily a bad thing.  Habits allow us to go on auto pilot, they enable us to redistribute our thinking resources to items we feel require our active attention.  According to Aristotle, “we are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.”  Rob Gilbert goes on to say, “first we form habits, then they form us.  Conquer your bad habits, or they will conquer you.”  Developing the habit of repeating positive affirmations throughout your day will positively change your world!  
That being said, lets discuss Nothing Much vs Everything!  We’ve established that the things we repeatedly say or do have a positive or negative effect on us.  A few years back, as I was getting more into personal development, I began taking inventory on self.  What are my habits, how does my self-talk sound?  Changing some habits required major focus, others, not so much.  I’ve never been a smoker but from what I’m told, that’s a habit which presents a major challenge for folks, and we know that’s a negative one. It serves the person no way and no how!   An anonymous author suggested, “Bad habits are like a comfortable bed, easy to get into but hard to get out of.”  I’m sure you can relate!Getting back to habits I changed, I realized there was something I was saying multiple times a day which could only take me away from my goals.  Perhaps you’re like me on this one.  And we say it many different ways, we’ll look at a couple here.  You and I are friends.  When we see each other or speak, one of us asks, “What’s up?”  or “What’s going on?”  The most common response given by 99.9% of people I know?  “Nothing Much!”  Said another way, “Same soup, reheated.”  Think about that for a second.  Someone asks you what’s going on in your life and the common response is nothing much.  Rephrased: There is nothing much going on in my life. Or there is nothing up in my life.  Keep tabs on yourself today and track your responses.  
After noticing my responses, I decided to make an immediate change.  When people ask me what’s up or what’s going on, my response is, with enthusiasm and posture, “EVERYTHING!”  Everything IS up in my life, everything is going on in my life!  Why would I respond any other way?  At first you’ll feel very hokie and then as with any other habit, when done often enough, it feels normal.  Now I couldn’t imagine telling someone nothing is up in my life.  At the very least you’ll get a smile out of the person to whom you’re speaking.  How much is a smile worth?  Priceless!  You will begin to feel a power in you every time you respond, “Everything!”  You can use that inner feeling to propel you throughout your day.  Positively charge your self-talk and replace your bad habits with habits which serve you and watch the transition in your life!  Answering with “EVERYTHING!” is a way to simultaneously accomplish both!
                                      Everything IS Up In Your Life!

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Patsy Bennitt June 6, 2017 at 10:28 pm

Such a simple thing, but so powerful. Thank you.


2 Eugene January 5, 2018 at 4:33 pm

Thank you!


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