How’s your brain doing these days?
I’m not talking about your memory or even the capacity to learn. What I am a bit more concerned about as of the moment are the thoughts going through your head.
When we take on a goal, whatever it may be, our thought process plays a large role in whether or not we meet that goal. Henry Ford had it right when he said “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.” We ultimately will take the thoughts of our mind as truth to our lives. It is critical to learn to observe and control these thoughts in order to live a more full and productive life. By implementing control over your thoughts, you can lose weight, gain strength, eat healthier, improve relationships and even alter your entire lifestyle. Sounds great right? But how on earth do we get there?
1. Step one: OBSERVE
Have you ever just let your mind wonder? One minute you’re sitting there writing down your awesome life plans, and the next minute you’re watching a squirrel outside of your window and wondering what it must be like to run all over jumping through the air like it’s nothing. Don’t lie, you’ve had those thoughts. Or perhaps your thoughts drift to other plans, dinner, hunger, your past, future, etc. These are all distractions and even the most successful among us have dealt with them. Observe them, don’t ignore them. Know that they are there so you can think around them so to speak. I keep a blank sheet of paper near me to jot stray thoughts down. Some of these thoughts have actually turned into great ideas, but most are simple distractions. By observing them, I can then free myself up to take control of them.
2. Step two: Know what to ditch.
If you’re trying to plan a way to increase your earning potential, thinking about the latest celebrity scandal is not likely to help. So, my advise is to turn off the unimportant stuff. Let go of gossip magazines, stay away from the celeb stalkers and don’t waste your time on Pinterest (GUILTY!). Unless your goal is to be a talent agent, there is nothing there for you. If you have a friend that sucks up your energy, don’t return their calls while you’re trying to work towards your goal. If your goal is weight loss, don’t call that friend on your way to the gym people! You’ll end up in the parking lot listening to a list of failures and gossip that will get you nowhere. Be selective of what your energy is poured into and know that life has an ebb and flow. During the holiday season we naturally gravitate towards richer foods and family time. Realize this happens and plan for it.
3. Step three. Shed light on the dark.
Often times we try to simply bury the thoughts that say there is no way we can reach our goal. Honestly, if you think you’ve “buried” it, all you have really done is plant it. By planting this thought you have opened yourself up as the very garden in which this negativity will prosper. Get it out in the open and shine a light on it. Dark thoughts hate light, so turn the flood lights on! The most successful people on this earth are successful because they viewed themselves that way and worked through the dark stuff. Find some positive friends to push you through and maybe even smack you into reality. Rest assured, there is a difference between easy and worth it. Your goal should be so big that it isn’t easy, but it is worth the work.
These 3 steps will get you started towards controlling the thoughts that run your day. Once you master these you can move forward at a quicker pace, happy to do the work.
Peace, love and lunges!