“Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality.” — Earl Nightingale
Our minds are so powerful and play a huge part in our everyday life and experiences. How we feel, act, and respond is a result of how we think and what we constantly feed our minds. If we can get our minds under control and really be intentional about the thoughts we are allowing ourselves to dwell on, our lives and experiences can be completely different. Training the mind is not an easy task but with intentionality and time so much of what we perceive and think can change.
So often our minds are going 100 mph with subconscious thoughts that are shaping the way we see things. There are times where we can’t quite comprehend what we are feeling but if we take the time to sit back and reflect on our thoughts we can find the root cause of what we are feeling. There have been times in my life where i’ve had the thought, “I don’t feel like doing anything today.” That thought took a toll on my mood, emotions and physical body and I began to act on that thought. When I pushed myself to redirect my thought by saying, ” Although I don’t feel like doing anything today, I will get up and do something today.” In that moment I instantly felt my mood and emotions change and I physically acted on that thought. The way we think really does play a huge part on our ability to get things done. If we train ourselves to be in control of our thoughts, imagine how much different our lives would be.
“Our minds influence the key activity of the brain, which then influences everything; perception, cognition, thoughts and feelings, personal relationships; they’re all a projection of you.” Deepak Chopra
How to train our minds to think differently:
1. Be Aware of your thoughts
Awareness is a huge part of thinking differently because if we are not aware of what we are thinking how will we know what to change? When we can recognize the types of thought patterns we have and be intentional about redirecting the negative thoughts we can really change the way we think. As a result our perception and feelings will change.
2. Feed your mind the right things
What you constantly put into your mind is what you will get out. The mind is such an important and powerful thing that we use everyday yet we fail to invest, grow and constantly fill it with the right things. If we consistently fill our mind with negative thought and self doubt our lives will begin to reflect that, but if we fill our mind with positive thoughts and intentionally grow and develop our minds our life will produce positive results.
“Our thoughts are like plants. We have to decide on which we should pour water on and what we should allow to wither away. “- Tejas Patel
3. Be intentional about building positive thought patterns
In order to build positive thought patterns we have to be intentional about redirecting and acknowledging the negative thoughts. When you have a negative thought that tells you, “you will never be able to accomplish anything.” You have to redirect that thought and say “I will be able to accomplish this,” “ I will finish strong.” When you constantly acknowledge and change what you’re thinking you are training your mind to think differently.
I want to challenge you to take control and be intentional about training your mind. The mind is powerful and if we are intentional today about feeding it the right things and building the right thought patterns it will help create a better future for us.
“Your mind can be your greatest friend if you control it, but if it controls you it can be your greatest enemy.”
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