Do you ever think about thinking? I do. I think that’s why I love philosophy and the field of life coaching so much.
The word philosophy is derived from the Greek word “philo” which means love and “sophos” which means wisdom. It’s the love of wisdom.
I really like the explanation of philosophy from the Department of Philosophy at Florida State University:
“In a broad sense, philosophy is an activity people undertake when they seek to understand fundamental truths about themselves, the world in which they live, and their relationships to the world and to each other. As an academic discipline philosophy is much the same. Those who study philosophy are perpetually engaged in asking, answering, and arguing for their answers to life’s most basic questions.”
As an academic pursuit, it is broken down into four general categories:
How much fun is ALL of that?!
I really like to think of life coaching as a modern-day practical form of philosophy that supports people in reframing their worldview - in a way that helps them create the reality they want.
It can be a little mind-blowing when you realize that thinking about your thoughts is really the secret to life.
Not working more, accumulating things, having a certain amount of money, finding the perfect partner, or fitting into a smaller size. None of those external things lead to happiness or satisfaction.
I know some of you are thinking whatEVER.
Of course, you’re a better person if you work more and obviously, you’d be happier with more money in the bank and a bigger home filled with ALL the things and a romantic partner that was both interesting and hot - all while being in a smaller or differently-shaped body.
Clearly, those things make everyone happier, Robin. 🙄
Except they don’t and the proof of that can be found literally everywhere.
How many “powerful” executives work 100 hours a week but have no personal relationships and are miserable?
How many celebrities with more money and things than one can easily count overdose on drugs because they want to escape their reality?
How many people cheat on their perfect partner because they just wanted something different, they couldn’t help themselves, they were bored, or to be completely honest... they really have no idea why.
How many men and women get to their ideal shape only to find that they aren’t any happier with their new shape?
That’s because it’s never the things, it’s always the thoughts.
So how do you let go of the thoughts that are keeping you from creating the life you want and enjoying the life you have?
The same way you become an athlete, great at blackjack, an author, singer, or cellist - LOTS of practice.
I’m not gonna lie - there’s a reason most people choose to focus on things that are external - it’s a lot easier when you aren’t focused on your own brain.
It’s kind of like it’s a lot easier to eat fast food all the time, but it doesn’t taste nearly as good or make you feel as happy as homemade lasagna and freshly baked bread (or whatever your favorite meal is).
The secret to life is both incredibly easy and unimaginably difficult - it’s managing your mind. Letting go of the thoughts that don’t serve you and practicing the ones that do.
Fortunately, there’s a whole industry of life coaches ready to help you see your thoughts and choose which ones you want to believe and which ones you want to embrace and practice.
I’d love to be the one to work with you. To learn more about working with me, go to www.wickedveracity.com/consultation.
This week’s episode was inspired by Living in the Moment by Jason Mraz.
From the song:
I'm letting myself off the hook for things I've done
I let my past go past
And now I'm having more fun
I'm letting go of the thoughts
That do not make me strong
And I believe this way can be the same for everyone
What are some thoughts you’d love to get rid of and what would you replace them with? Maybe you currently think you hate your body, don’t have enough time, will never find love, or that your job sucks. What actions do those thoughts inspire? What if your thought was that you loved your body, you have all the time you need, love is everywhere, or that your job is exactly where you want to be right now. What actions would those thoughts inspire?
Spend time with these questions and see what comes up. If you’re feeling frisky, hit me up on Instagram and share your answers with me.
Until next time, my wish for you is that you willingly let go of those thoughts that do not make you stronger and that you have far more fun than you ever dreamed possible.