Sep 13, 2020
Change your thoughts, change your life. Just about everyone
wants to change something about themselves. Whether it is health,
relationships, or money, we are rarely satisfied with the status
quo - we want to expand into the next and better version of
It all starts with a thought. Every action we take is preceded
by a thought. We are conditioned to think a certain way, and that
conditioning leads to a set of behaviors we may like or may find
disagreeable. Therefore, our thinking is what must change first.
Trying to change our behavior, before thinking, is a waste of time.
Because if you do not get to the first cause - our thinking - you
will not make permanent and positive change.
Here are the steps you can take to take control of your
thoughts, and your actions.
- Ownership - You must own your thinking. This requires of you
the concept that your thinking is under your control. How you look
at the world - beliefs, fears, joys, wants, and emotions - are
changeable, and you must know you can change them. If you do not
believe, or unwilling to believe, then this will not work.
Understand that thinking comes first, then the actions. If you want
to lose weight, recognize that your thoughts about eating and
exercise must be changed before you will get the outcome you
- Exposure - Read, listen, and watch authors, teachers, and
speakers who have mastered control of their minds. Open yourself up
to the world of self-realization and begin the process of selective
thinking. This means turning off the information feeds that are
negative - the news, social media, negative people.
- Mindfulness - Recognizing which thoughts you want and which
ones you don’t want is a critical step. It is important that you
know how you want to think about and what emotions you want to feel
so you can recognize the thoughts you want to eliminate. For
example, let’s say there was a problem in your childhood you wish
was different - your Dad was never there or your Mom hit you. You
can label these thoughts as negative and ones you want to be rid
of. Memories are simply energy held in your brain and can be
changed or even erased.
- Discernment - Through the process of mindfulness, meditation,
and contemplation, you can decide which thoughts you want and which
ones you do not want. Discernment is the ability to decide the
thoughts you want. It requires you also know what you want. Knowing
what you want is the most important thing you can do to change your
- Conditioning - Once you have decided on the thoughts you want
(gratitude, peace, prosperity), you can build short phrases that
change the neuro-connections in your brain so they are automatic
and embedded in your natural vocabulary. Through repetitive out
loud speech, you can permanently change the wiring of your brain to
believe anything you want. This is how people are brainwashed to
think radically to support a cause. You can do the same - however,
your radical cause is the betterment of your life.