Instant vs Gradual Self Improvement and Spiritual Growth?
By Remez Sasson
Do you expect immediate results from positive thinking, self-improvement and spiritual growth methods? Do you expect your life to magically change, just by visualizing your goals a few minutes a day, or listening to a self improvement MP3?
Getting results from positive thinking, self-improvement or spiritual growth methods is not preparing a cup of instant coffee, opening a can of beans, or heating and eating some ready-made food.
- Can you become a medical doctor, just by listening to a motivational MP3?
- Can you become an airplane pilot, just by dreaming about it a few times a day, without studying and practicing?
- Can you develop a muscular and athletic body in just a few days?
To all of these questions the answer is, NO!
So why should it be different with inner development methods?
Strengthening your ability to focus your mind, developing inner strength, overcoming negative habits, developing psychic powers, or making progress with spiritual growth is gradual process. It requires work and time, just like any other skill.
In all my articles I speak about the necessity of inner work and perseverance. You need to devote time and energy to gain results. You may not like hearing this, but any kind of success requires more than just listening to a MP3 or visualizing for 2-3 minutes a day.
Reading books motivates, but you also need to practice what they teach. Listening to MP3 and using hypnosis might be of some help, but you more than this.
We often hear about methods that create results almost instantly. You need to use your common sense and not accept them without thinking. Techniques that promise quick results might work for the one who invented them, but not necessarily for other people. Everyone begins from a different starting point and at a different level of development. What helped the author might not help everyone else.
This is why there are so many books and so many teachers. Different people need different approaches.
If you wish to use hypnosis or listen to subliminal MP3, do so. These are passive methods, but to reach high and far and be in charge of your life you need to use the active methods that require action, practice and work and studying.
Laziness, lack of faith and belief, and too much negative thinking prevent people from pursuing positive thinking methods, creative visualization or meditation. If results do not obtained immediately, one becomes disappointed and loses faith. It is like the story about the man who was digging for oil and couldn't find anything, and so he gave up and went away. Then, someone else came and continued digging, just to find oil a few feet further deep.
You can buy ready made food, but you can work more at the kitchen and cook something really delicious. You can pick a few words in a foreign language from a movie that you watched or you can learn the language at a school. You can gain some inner peace or feel better by certain methods that produce quick results, and you can work a little more and gain greater results.
Real results in self improvement, spiritual growth or meditation require time and effort. When you understand their importance and benefits, the work will not be regarded as drudgery or a task that you need to carry out, but as an action that you love and enjoy doing.