Have you heard that what you focus on you’ll get more of?
I believe it to be true. About ten years ago I began really changing the way that I was thinking. I listened to audios from inspirational teachers, I read books and got myself into courses that would help me mount this climb. Prior to this, although I was really trying to be positive, I would say my mindset was programmed to be negative. Underlying my positive speaking was a deep belief that I was broken.
The process of changing my thinking is ongoing, as would be for anyone. When we stop surrounding ourselves with positive influence what comes in is the standard resignation of life. We must strive, at least a little, in order to maintain that intellectual and emotional growth. Personally, I choose to keep handy the influence of teachers, speakers and authors on a very regular basis.
Changing beliefs takes a bit of diligence; disrupting a brain pattern takes some awareness, a commitment to new thinking and repetition. It isn’t hard or complicated; but we like to think anything that takes diligence is hard.
Changing how you think isn’t difficult, it just takes a little effort every day. By investing some time into a few basic practices you can re-program your mind and your life to bring more good to you. No matter what you’ve been through or how stubborn you are, with a little diligence you can change your thinking, your emotions and your life.
How do you change your thinking?
First, become aware of your internal conversation. Listen to what you actually say to yourself. You may be surprised to find out what your mind is busy doing when you aren’t consciously guiding it or ignoring it altogether. It’s wandering down a dark alley, through a bad neighborhood and digging up the past. It’s judging people, calling names and throwing insults. It’s in misery, anger and frustration. It wants to gossip and badmouth. It’s confused. And worst of all, it’s doing this to you and about you more than anyone.