Aspect is the nature of something, how something is viewed or interpreted. In the context of freedom the term aspect has many forms and overlaps with all three remaining A’s. Primarily for the focus of discussion on this site, if something refers to “aspect” the reference is around health, fitness, and overall well-being or rather, how one interprets their well-being. The primary three official definitions for aspect:
- Appearance to the eye or mind
- Nature; quality; character
- A way in which a thing may be viewed or regarded; interpretation
So why not just say well-being, or health? Simple…
A blind person can be healthy, and yet…they are blind. A diabetic can have their disease under control, and yet…they are diabetic. The point is, they aren’t perfect, they aren’t healthy in the ideal sense. They are healthy, relatively speaking. It is totally possible to be 100% successful and free by anyone’s standard with or without a “deficiency” so long as adaptations are made to compensate for any deficiencies that may exist.
Those are somewhat extreme examples, disadvantages exist in every single one of us! Procrastination is a deficiency, as is laziness, as is a lack of confidence, or self worth. They all require a positive change in aspect, they require us to adapt and thrive in spite of any disadvantage…mental, emotional or physical.
Your Interpretation is Half the Battle
Our interpretation of our condition or circumstances is vitally important to our overall health, fitness and well-being. It’s of tantamount importance toward any successful relationship we might have or want to have with another person.
With the appropriate aspect…health, fitness, and really any goal at all we may have is completely achievable. With a negative or contrary (to our goal) aspect, no amount of cajoling, tenacity or positive drivel will help us to succeed.
When I say positive drivel, I’m talking specifically about how we are told to internally tell ourselves “positive affirmations”. If you use repetitive internal messages to compensate for a shitty belief, often that belief will win out over the “positive affirmation” we’re often told to iterate over.
After all, popular consensus is that “it takes 10 positive statements to counter one negative statement”, right? Exactly, except that internally your mind is saying…”what load of crap!”
While repetitive “fake it ’till you make it” type statements can help some of us and might be able to get you through the occasional low-point when raw discipline must be leveraged, more often than not that little asshole demon is going to be shouting “bullshit!” from whatever deep hole you’ve shoved it into.
So the term “health” or “fitness” or “well-being” doesn’t really cover it does it? One’s perspective on a matter is pretty important, otherwise people like Stevie Wonder wouldn’t be a thing. Stephen Hawking (whether you agree with him, understand him, or not) is an incredible example of someone with a truly debilitating challenge that has, against all odds, risen to the highest level he can with today’s technology and the ability to continuously change his aspect.
Time for a Paradigm Shift
The point is that their aspect was on point, not with their reality…but their intentional, determined “fantasy” (vision) made real. The ability to change your own reality lay within you, and if you believe that you can’t…you quite simply won’t.
If, however, you can change your paradigm, glimpse the possible, accept that your fantastic reality can happen, believe that it will happen, focus on the good of others and yourself, release the bad, decide not to be angry, and gain the perspective of your ideal self…well then, you will have adapted your own individual aspect!
Your aspect by its very nature can, and must, change. It’s ever evolving allowing you to adapt to an ever transitioning reality. If you have a negative aspect, you can alter it. If you have a physical unavoidable aspect, you can rise above it. If you are lazy you can rule your mind, instead of letting your mind rule you!
And therein lay the secret to controlling every ASPECT of your life: Don’t be controlled! Control your mind, don’t be controlled by it! If you don’t like it, change it! If you’ve repeatedly achieved failure by doing the same thing again and again, do the opposite!
For aspect related information, take a look at the Aspect category.
Freedom isn’t something you arrive at…freedom is a journey!