5 Practical Ways to Use Your Thoughts
“The mind is everything. What you think, you become.” – the Buddha
Sometimes it's hard to think in terms of thoughts becoming things so let's think about it in practical terms: cause and effect.
Do you believe your life is a series of reactions to stuff that happens to you - like the whims of the economy, the mood your boss is in, your genetics, your hormones, the weather, new competition, an accident, a heat-of-the-moment thing that can't be unsaid, or technology that won't work? Or, do you believe that you create your life experience based on the choices you make?
If you’re not sure whether life happens to you or through you, examine how much of your mental energy is spent complaining, worrying, blaming, judging and wishing. Those are incredibly dis-empowering mental processes because they imply that you don’t have much power over your life. The truth is, you do have a lot of power. You always have the power to choose a different response and in that moment of choice, you hold the key to using your thoughts to create your life experience.
These 5 thought hacks, applied every day, will open up the full creative power of your thoughts so you can use your awesome mind to stop being a victim of life and start being a conscious, deliberate and happy creator.
1. Be grateful, x3. I never realized the immense power of gratitude until I learned this amazing gratitude tip. This was the game-changer. Instead of just rattling off a list of stuff you’re grateful for, pick just three and express WHY for each one, not just once but three times. Think about three things you’re grateful for, and three reasons why you’re grateful for each one. Appreciation opens the door to happiness and happiness opens the door to the kinds of confident, bold, proactive and inspired actions that will get you the results you want. Happiness is incredibly attractive - think about it, would you rather collaborate with a person who radiates positivity or one with a big doom-and-gloom cloud hanging over their enterprise?
2. Choose to see the good, the beautiful and the positive in everyone. Always think in terms of win-win and "how can I help you?" rather than win-lose and "what can you do for me?" Choose to see things from another person’s point of view, especially if it goes completely counter to your own. What’s the harm in seeing things from someone elses’ vantage point? What’s the harm in trying to understand? What's the harm in NOT judging them? Step outside your own truth and try to understand theirs. See the good in them. See the beauty in them. In your mind, let them be who they are. See that ultimately, we all want the same thing and that is to be happy. This will change the way you interact with others and since life is basically a team effort, you'll improve its quality significantly.
3. Daydream. Remember when your imagination was as big as the universe and you felt like you could do, be and have anything? Ah, those were the days... The truth is, you actually have way more power than a little kid. You’re an adult and you get to make decisions! You get to say yes on no! Let your imagination go wild with what you really want out of life. Spend at least 15 minutes a day daydreaming about your ideal life. Daydreaming isn’t idle, it’s a powerful command to your brain to find the resources you need so you can achieve your dreams! Your Reticular Activating System has to be alerted to what you consider important, so it can cherry pick it out of your environment! The more "oomph" you put into your daydreaming, with positive emotions, the more your brain will see your ideas as important and worthy of pursuing.
4. Do what you can, and when you can't do anything, don't worry. Just let it be, and turn your thoughts to what might go right, instead of automatically letting yourself focus on what might go wrong. Give more weight to possible positive outcomes as you do to your worries. If you think about the ideal scenario and what can go perfectly then you may stimulate some creativity and problem-solving genius that would never have emerged from negative, reactive, problem-oriented thinking.
5. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Is this little drama or annoyance really, truly worth the fuss and the over-reaction? It is worth the mental real estate? Will it matter tomorrow? Will it matter 5 years from now? Does it even matter right now? Probably not! Check out our brand new MindPT Expert Session based on the wildly popular #1 NY Times Best Seller, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff by Dr Richard Carlson and Kristine Carlson. This is the easiest way and most fun way to retrain yourself to stop focusing on problems and sweating the small stuff, and to stop being a victim of stuff that doesn’t matter. Check it out here, www.mindpt.com/DontSweattheSmallStuffLaunchOffer
You can change your automatic thought habits away from a negatively biased “life is happening to me” and toward a positive “I am the creator of my life experience” just by watching a MindPT Session for a few minutes every day. That’s seriously all it takes to take charge of your mind and point it in the direction YOU want it to go.