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Day Seven: Happily Ever After
Live the secrets of life-long happiness — now!
So, here we are at the end of my week-long quest to see whether it’s really possible to Change Your Life in 7 Days. Been quite interesting, actually. I’m sure on some subliminal level I’ve been brainwashed (please know I say that with tongue firmly in cheek). But judging by what’s happened this week and, in particular, today, perhaps that’s not been such a bad thing.
For one, it’s forced me to commit to writing on a daily basis, flex my creative muscles — something I haven’t done for some time. Since being published, I’ve hid behind my book writing only the odd freelance piece from time-to-time. But committing myself to write on a regular basis has reminded me just how much I enjoy writing about subjects I’m most passionate about. I’ve climbed down from atop my High Horse of Authorship and started frolicking about in the blogosphere again.
It’s also caused me to churn out other pieces for various different things which, in turn, has opened up several opportunities. I’ve always known I most enjoy the process of writing when I share subjects closest to my heart. But this process has served to remind me that I do have something to say, something to offer the world, and when I give of it freely and honestly I’m at my happiest and most fulfilled. And if someone else enjoys my ramblings, well, that’s the cherry on the cake.
I’ve also set myself a couple of challenges this week (this is something McKenna suggests in today’s chapter). By focusing on past successes (this too is something he suggests in today’s chapter — not such a silly idea considering I’ve completed four Marathons and written a book), I set myself a challenge last weekend to achieve by this Sunday night. Although I wasn’t in a financial position to achieve it, I knew I had the resources within to think creatively and find other ways to make it happen — all I had to do was widen my circle of thinking, cast my net as far and wide as possible, and ask the question. Sure, several people said ‘no’ and others ignored me altogether. But did that stop me? No.
You see, as a child I was a tenacious little bugger. I was forever writing letters, asking people for things, opportunities. If someone said ‘no,’ it didn’t stop me and I certainly didn’t take it personally. I’d just double my efforts and write to twice as many people. But somewhere along the way, I lost touch with that determination. When someone said ‘no,’ I began to roll over and accept defeat, give up. If one person wasn’t interested, it automatically meant no-one else would be interested — right? Erm, wrong.
This week, eyes locked on my goal, I’ve gone all out to achieve it. And today, someone finally said ‘yes.’ Cue giddy, excitable running through the house. The fact it was a challenge just out of my reach made the success all the more sweeter, because now I have something to build on — now I have momentum.
So, has Paul McKenna helped Change My Life in 7 Days? Perhaps. Sure he’s full of clichés that make my toes curl. But he’s also reminded me of a few basics I’d long forgotten. And he’s certainly given me food for thought. And although mind-programming or hypnosis is not my bag in any way, shape or form, I’m sure the daily injection of positivity hasn’t hurt. And as a friend said to me very recently, “Thea, you know, perhaps not everything in life have to be as difficult as you think.”
(To read more about how Thea transformed her life from the bottom-up and inside out, buy her inspiring book here.)