Committing to TMS is what gets you in the game, but recommitting is what gets you to pain free forever. Most of us don’t get there without stumbling, tripping, and wandering off track a few times along the way. Recommitting keeps you out of the trap of criticizing yourself for not doing it perfectly. When you notice you’ve strayed from the original plan, recommitting yourself will get you back on track.
Committing to the process initially gets you started, but it’s how you deal with the obstacles to curing TMS is what determines your long-term success. Obstacles should not surprise you during the healing process. Obstacles are the process. Unless you are astonishingly lucky, you’re going to encounter many of them. Your beliefs about the mind-body connection will be challenged throughout the process. You will be tempted constantly to go back to the comfort of the traditional medical community. You will get distracted by white lab coats and you will be faced with your biggest fears. Everyone has to deal with the same challenges.
When I first started the mind-body journey, I had a view of commitment as a one-time thing. After a while though, I realized it was really an ongoing process of encountering obstacles, getting thrown off track, and then recommitting and getting back on the path again. The pain would go away for a while and then return and then go away again. One day I would think Sarno was right and then the next day wrong.
Recommitting gets you out of all-or-nothing thinking that causes minor slips to turn into epic detours of self-sabotage. So, it’s important to factor in that recommitment is part of the healing process right from the start. Believe it or not, when you learn how to recommit, you open up the possibility of enjoying the journey. You get knocked down, but you get up again. It’s going to take some effort because the idea of not doing it perfectly the first time is not natural for the typical TMS perfectionist. So don’t get frustrated at the first (or second or third) bump in the road. Don’t beat yourself up for getting off track. Everyone gets off track.
After learning, adapting, failing and recommitting to the TMS process for about 3 months, I was able to finally succeed in a very permanent way. And you can too. If you just continue to recommit, you cannot fail.
The centerpiece of our Sarno 3.0 Master Class is the Suretrak Action Plan, which is designed to keep you on track and committed no matter what obstacles you encounter. Check it out at: