I am a fan of the television show Big Bang Theory. It is a wonderful comedy about brilliant, nerdy scientists who are also super hero fans, comic book obssessed, and Sci-fiction obssessed. During a rerun, Sheldon refers to an instance when Captain Kirk faces an unwinnable situation and the way that Kirk won was to “cheat” by reprogramming the system. Sheldon applies this to his own life when one of his friends refuses to accept his apology. At this point you might be thinking why is Sheri talking about a silly comedy? I, of course, immediately perked up when I was watching the show and heard the words “reprogramming the system”.
Here is a thought for you… you might be facing a seemingly unwinnable situation. For example, you have certain unchangeable bills to pay and not enough money coming in to pay them. No matter how you add everything up, month after month, you notice that you are in a frantic game of pay this person- don’t pay that person. Then the next month you pay the second person and not the first, etc. You find yourself a month or more behind. When I talk with people who are in this or a similar “unwinnable” situation, a common thread is to keep doing the same thing over and over again- which is to think that something will be different without changing anything. Imagine a baby or a small child continously trying to put a puzzle piece in the same spot and it doesn’t fit.
How can we change the “unwinnable” situations in our lives? Let’s start with reprogramming the system. This starts with our thoughts. What if we lived in a system where there were always enough and inner peace was the normal way of being? What if nothing was ever late, past due? What if banks were accepting, forgiving, and patient?
At this point you might be laughing… but I think you see where I am going here… everything in our lives begins from the point of thought… and the first place for change is to “reprogram our system” of thoughts.
In college, once, I was asked to create a Utopia… (the perfect place with the perfect system).
Exercise: Create your own utopian world- where everything works perfectly and you are happy. (and everyone else is happy, too). Write in your journal. Have fun, be outrageous. Notice shifts.
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Sheri Kaye Hoff, MA, CGCL.
Your Inspired Action Success Coach. Life Coach and Transformational Author of multiple books.