May 312011
 

second-thoughtsYou have the power to train your mind to choose what you think, instead of allowing random thoughts to hold you hostage.  Your goal is to become inner-directed and focused, so that you decide what you want to think, rather than have your thoughts and emotions determined by the world and circumstances around you.  The untrained mind has more emotional ups and downs because it is reacting to random thoughts.  Focus on what you want with joy and enthusiasm.

Remember, just like the earth, your brain does not discern what you plant.  It will work just as hard to grow weeds as it will to grow beautiful flowers.  You determine the seeds that are planted by what you say to yourself over and over.

In other words, you are a self-fulfilling prophecy because your unconscious mind does not know the difference between factual reality and imagined reality.  If you focus on what you say you don’t want, then you will create that as the dominate request in your experience.

So, keep focused on what you do want.  Define yourself as the new person you choose to be.  If you are still looking to lose weight, you may want to say something like – I am allowing my body to achieve its perfect balance for health and vitality.  Many of your beliefs have no foundation of truth, so instead of promoting your purpose, they hold you back from success.

If you think you are destined to be overweight, below average, poor, unlucky in love, clumsy, or even “not good at something”, you will take actions that make these thoughts become reality.  None of these thoughts are actually true, but thinking them creates beliefs and images in your mind that reinforce these negative statements until they actually become true for you.

Be aware of the directions you give your brain. Your internal dialogue, along with what you believe about situations, is how you create your emotions.  Negative self-talk messages will cause you to give up before you even try something new.  Always be aware that your words can make ominous predictions. If you say about your habit, “I’ll never be able to stop this; I’ve been doing it so long.”

You are programming yourself to believe that you are too weak and powerless to overcome the habit.  These negative permissions clutter up your ability to change your behaviours.  Pay attention to yourself when you hear yourself uttering negative permissions and negative reinforcements.

Avoid negative self-talk: “I can’t do this. I don’t understand. I’ll look stupid. I’m too old to learn new skills. They make me feel stupid. That’s just the way I am. There’s nothing I can do. No one in my family can do it, so I know I cannot.”

Change your self-talk to positive reinforcement for changing old behaviours (habits).  A positive outlook creates more options for creative solutions.

Remember, focus on what you want.  Keep it simple and sure.