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‘I AM’ Excited

Excitement and anxiety stem from the same physiological response to an external stimulus. They are both aroused emotions. In both, the heart beats faster, cortisol surges, and the body prepares for action. In other words, they’re “arousal congruent.” The only difference is that excitement is a positive emotion‚ focused on all the ways something could go well. Who attributes an emotion to be positive or negative? We do. Our thoughts can define the same physiological reponse as either excitement or anxiety.

So we have the power to perceive the external stimulus that caused these physiological responses as an opportunity that is exciting or a challenge that is to be feared.

Let’s take a change for example. Getting married, getting a new job, moving out of home, breaking up, changing jobs, moving countries – the list goes on and on. We are confronted with change so many times in our lives. Change helps us learn and grow. Routine, especially those that are not stimulating, keeps us in a rut – stagnant. When we stagnate, we are board – comfortable but board. Change pushes us out of the rut and out of our comfort zone – to grow and develop. Change is a fact of life.

When there is a change, there are plenty of new opportunities and avenues that are open to us. However, we can mask these opportunities as challenges – something to be feared, to be anxious about. Sometimes our overactive minds can create so many waste case scenarios about the future that we fear it – we fear the unknown.

What happens if I can’t make enough money in my dream job to pay the bills? What happens if this relationship does not work out? What happens if moving countries is the worst mistake I make and that I am miserable?

These are some of the thoughts we create to twist an opportunity into a challenge. The more challenging, the more scary and sometimes we build our fears so much, it paralyses us from ever moving forwards – even though we are bored where we are.

Here is a simple coaching technique we can use to move us forward – when we are feeling anxious about something, twist that thinking so we look at the opportunities instead of the challenges. That same physiological response will automatically become one of excitement.

When we shift our focus to being excited, we start to manifest all the opportunities we want, and we open the door to creating our reality.

For example, when we get a new car – change “I am going to have to pay a lot to upkeep this car” to “This car is going to take me places”. Immediately, that anxiety will change to excitement – just by the power of our thoughts – and will propel us forward.

It is a simple method, but one that takes discipline and conscious practise.

Is it not amazing how one physiological response can be interpreted as two extreme emotions : excitement which can propel us forward or anxiety which can hold us back? The power to seize the opportunities or be burdened by the challenges is in our hands. Never the external stimulus – always how we perceive it.

The choice is ours.

What will you choose?

‘I AM’ Excited.



PS : Book 1 of the Radiant Light Series, Shrouded Truth, is available on Amazon


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