Everything begins in the mind so if you take charge of your thoughts, you’ll be able to bring about improvement to your life.
When you wake up in the morning do you immediately take charge of your thoughts, or do you just wake up, open your eyes, see the time on the alarm clock, and then try to sleep a little longer? Worse still, on opening your eyes, do you dread the day ahead, have no desire to get out of bed, and your mind begins instantly to play negative thoughts?
One of the best things we can do for ourselves is to notice what is going on in our mind, and no longer just let our thoughts wander in and out, with you remaining passive. You must now start to focus on your thoughts and become aware of how they’re holding you back, which they will if they’re negative.
Our internal negative mind chatter can be very destructive to our lives. When this chatter is an endless monologue constantly bombarding you with negativity, releasing a barrage of negative thoughts, anxieties and worries, how can it not have a bad impact on you.
It results in you expecting the worse, seeing dangers and threats that do not actually exist. As Mark Twain said “I’ve experienced many terrible things in my life, a few of which actually happened.”
Statistically 92% of our worries are unnecessary for because they are about things that will never happen, and about things that have already happened, so cannot be changed, no matter how much time you waste on them.
So my suggestion is that from the second you wake up, intentionally watch over your thoughts becoming ‘the gatekeeper of your own mind.’ Your intentions need to be to replace your negative mindset with a positive one.
Therefore you are controlling your negative emotions and ensuring, very deliberately, that you are adopting a positive mental attitude. Eventually the habit will be created where this way of thinking, your positivity, will happen automatically.
As you develop self awareness you are able to make changes in the thoughts and interpretations you make in your mind. By overcoming your negativity and replacing it with positivity you will improve your physical and mental health, and you will most certainly reduce your stress levels.
So as you notice you are having a negative thought, shout the word stop, even if it is inside your head and not out loud, because you may get a few strange reactions if you do it when in public. Immediately remove it and think of something positive to replace it with.
“You are what you think.”
If you think constantly about misery, you are going to be miserable. If you think about being happy, you are going to find happiness.
For the next week complete a list all of your thoughts, behaviours and actions that you know are negative. This is your opportunity to look at all the negative things that you do, and to notice all the negative ways you think, and then consider what would be the more sensible positive thought you should be having.
Everything that is coming into your life, you are inviting into your life. It is attracted to you by what you are thinking about the most. Everything we think, everything we feel, is creating our future, by bringing more of it into our lives.
So change your thinking you’ll change your life.
Which way would you rather live?