Your mindset is a collection of thoughts and beliefs that shape your thought habits. These thought habits affect how you think, what you feel and what you do. Your mindset has an impact on how you see you and how you see the world. Thought patterns are picked up from our parents, friends, organisations and the wider society etc.
So often we hear (and I’ve mentioned it often) about authenticity. This happens when we learn to ‘uninstall’ the old thought patterns that we picked up when we were young. Our values and the way we live our lives are determined by our thought patterns. So by removing the old and becoming our authentic selves, we start to build on our own thought patterns and values which will then allow us become our true selves and live life to the fullest.
HOW DO YOU DO THIS?
This is where meditation comes in. With meditation you shut the world out and become more aware of your own thoughts allowing us to see things more objectively. Understanding the power of your thoughts is the first step to personal mastery.
HOW DOES THE MIND WORK?
1. The mind can’t destinguish between real and imaginary
2. 95% of your activity is subconscious
3. Your subconscious has stored almost everything that has ever happened to you
4. We are bombarded by 2 million bits of data every second
5. The conscious mind remembers between 5 – 9 pieces of information
6. Most of our energy expenditure goes towards the brain
“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate” – Carl Jung
There are many ways to increase your mental and emotional power and one of these is through exercise. As basic as it sounds, write down your goals and see if you can stick to them. Both diet and exercise gives valuable insights into our behaviour. Diet and exercise can be used to build a strong character and a healthy body and mind.
Diet is another place to start developing mental strength. Try sticking to a diet for a week and when you can’t stick to it try and figure out why this is. You will quickly realise how affected you are by the environment where just walking into a shop for example can make you buy instinctively while you knew it was unhealthy.
CLEAR YOUR ENVIRONMENT
Manipulate your environment for mental strength by clearing it. The less information and distractions the clearer the mind will be. Clean your room and your office, limit time spent in front of the TV, spend more time in nature and switch your phone off at night. This will have a positive impact on your mental health.
Remember – the outer affects the inner.
HOW DO WE MASTER OUR MINDS?
After establishing a healthy diet, exercise regime and you have a good environment you can try practices which are great for mental development. You may not like all of them but you may find one that works for you. These are very direct methods to stretch the mind. Personally I have fallen in love with yoga.
Here are some of the best ways to master your mind:
Meditation – sitting quietly and observing the movements of the mind.
Yoga – A practice of body movements involving the breath, concentration, flexibility and physical strength
Fasting – Food is more important to a human being than anything else. Giving up food for a significant period of time has many benefits and takes incredible willpower.
Mindfulness – It involves being aware at regular intervals during the day.
Concentration – Focus on the flame of a candle or your breath for 5 minutes a day.
Any practice with passion or intensity – This can include painting, dancing, singing etc
Our subconscious rules our behaviour. We need to be very careful what we take in mentally, physically and emotionally. We need to reprogram our minds for personal and business success and a great way of doing this is through affirmations. The mind is most receptive first thing in the morning or late at night which would be the best time to use affirmation. Affirmations should be used in the present tense eg. “Money and abundance are just a state of mind” instead of “I am not in poverty”.
Limiting beliefs around self-love, relationships, money, happiness or abundance might be what is standing in your way. If you don’t believe that you are worthy of love and affection, this might not work for you and things like meditation and yoga would be of utmost importance to put you in a positive mindset.
Remember, self-programming consists of two parts. The first being what you program yourself with and the second is what you block out.
THE LAW OF ATTRACTION
I am a believer in The Law of Attraction. I believe that once you gather positive thoughts it gains momentum and gains more positive thoughts over time. Being happy then becomes easier and easier. It’s not necessarily the mental thoughts that allow you to manifests but the emotional vibration that gives the strength to manifestation.
There are many ways to develop your mindset for greater success. Some of the best places to start would be with exercise, diet, meditation and affirmations. Once you’ve gotten the hang of these there are immersion techniques that you can consider that will help you really expand your awareness. Developing a mindset will become a thoroughly enjoyable experience that you will have with you for life. You just need to work through negative beliefs and emotional issues for a while before you can really experience the positive life you want to create.
Have you gone through a process of self discovery? I would love to hear about it! Comment below
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