“Never underestimate the power of telling people what they want to hear.”
I saw this quote this morning. Don’t even know what article it came from. Struck me. So true. And when it comes to helping people to lose weight, get fit, enjoy rippling six-pack abs or make a million dollars, there are two paths:
1) You can tell them the truth and risk most certain isolation.
2) you can tell them what they want to hear and enjoy the trappings of stardom.
Sure, there are exceptions and yes, some people have come to value a true path. But by in large this is the way things are.
And if you want a way out of the trap you need to accept there there will always be plenty of people ready and willing to tell you what you want to hear, to participate in the distortion of reality such that it serves them. It’s a classic co-dependent agreement. I’ll lie to you, you pay me. We’re good.
A Recipe for Change
Getting what you want rarely comes from getting your superficial “wants” met. Focus not on what you want to hear or even to feel in the moment, but on the RESULTS you want.
FOCUS ON RESULTS.… and when you do this you will find that there is within you a truth, below fears and attachment, that is there to guide you. When you’re pay attention, when you can hear it, it knows that these things are a lie. It knows when you are making an agreement to sustain to lie, to go the wrong way, to feed a desire not a real soul-nourishing need.
To break free from the addiction to instant gratification, Tune-out the noise and Tune-in to your inner world.
Get clear, walk boldly, steadily but with baby steps. Make small but resolute changes, hold the shape and keep applying gentle pressure.
Bake at 400 for about a year. Let cool. Enjoy.
Here’s Another Healthy Recipe for the Journey
While you’re working the recipe above, here’s another delicious recipe from Angie that will help you along the path!
This recipe is adapted from a Yucatan style Chicken & Orzo soup that our family loves. I prefer using rice over the orzo, because we get enough pasta and rice provides a little “lighter” flavor that goes nicely with the lime and cilantro. I also use a whole chicken, roasted, rather than boiling chicken breasts—which is what the Yucatan recipe calls for. (read More Here)
As Your Were… Only Stronger!