Catabolic vs. Anabolic Choice
Many of us walk around feelinglike we have limited choices in many aspects of our lives. Take notice of howmany times a day you say the words have to, should, and need to. Whenever youfeel like you must do something, you’re in Level 1 energy – you’re avictim to your thoughts or circumstances.
In fact, when you’re faced with atask or something to do, there are five basic ways you can respond, and ofthem, only one is by full conscious choice.
The five ways of responding are“I won’t,” “I have to,” “I need to,” “I want to,” or “I choose to.”
When you say “I won’t” dosomething, you’re saying that you have no power, that life happens to you, nomatter what you do or believe. You don’t believe that you have a choice. Youalso don’t really think there’s anything in it for you – so why do it?
If you say “I have to,” you’relooking at the short term perspective. You “have to” complete the task in frontof you, or else you will experience dire consequences. You feel forced to doit, and that you have very little to no choice.
The third response, “I need to”is a more powerful place to come from. Here, you’re aware of your choices andyou seek to find the opportunity in the challenges presented to you. Thisperspective brings more chance of success, but it’s still catabolic, becauseyou don’t feel like you’re fully at choice.
So these three responses involveeither non-action, or action by force. Since you are not energetically boughtinto a situation, goal, or project, and because you are bringing catabolicenergy to it, you are also bringing a recipe for failure. So in these cataboliclevels, even though you may think you are choosing to do something, at yourcore, you chose not to do it, or not to do it well.
The next response, “I want to,”is anabolic, because it indicates that you are mostly at choice. But, “want”still comes from a place of lack.
The most powerful response is “Ichoose to.” When you respond this way, you feel you have complete choice.There’s a powerful connection between who you are and what you do.
So how do you get tochoose to? Simply come from a place of having everything, and choosing toexperience, rather than fill a need. Easy? Not at all, but you can choose totry it