If you don’t control your mind, you will never control your life.
It doesn’t matter if you believe it or not, everything that gets inside your mind has a tremendous impact on how you feel, think and act. On what you achieve or don’t achieve. On who you become or don’t become.
Sometimes it’s so instantaneous that a great day becomes a nightmare after you hear a demotivating word or someone looks at you with an angry face.
Your mind starts doing its work, turning the seed that has been planted into something huge and out of control.
Do you feel that this situation is familiar?
This is the natural state of an unguarded mind.
The 2 Keys For Taking Control of Your Mind
You are exposed to thoughts and ideas all the time. Your mind picks the ones that have a bigger impact, positive or negative, and starts working on them until it receives something more impactful to replace them with.
This is one of the saddest elements of human nature I have found, but also one of the most encouraging.
If you are not aware of what’s going on in your mind, your life feels like a roller coaster, and your destiny is at the mercy of external factors.
So, how do you lock out all the negative factors and influences you are bombarded with all day, so they don’t impact you?
Simply put, you can’t.
If someone shouts angrily at you on the street, it’s going to impact you.
But what you can do is DECIDE whether your mind is going to pick that thought and turn it into a monster that ruins your day, or pick something optimistic and inspiring that lets you flow seamlessly through your day instead.
There are 2 key factors for taking more control over your subconscious:
- Reaction: How you react to your environment. How aware you are of when a bad thought is starting to grow in your mind and how fast you can take action to replace it with the thought you want to have there.
- Action: Placing in your mind the thoughts you want it to work on. Then letting them repeat, amplify and grow until you soak them up completely and they push you towards the goals you define for yourself.
After years of testing techniques to master my mind, I have collected a few that produce great results.
Here are three of my favorites:
1. Word Amplification
The simplest way to interact with your mind is by repetition of words.
If you detect your mind working on an idea that makes you feel bad, start repeating a word or sentence that makes you think immediately about something that inspires you or makes you smile.
For instance, if you would love to go to Japan on your next vacation, start repeating the word “Japan, Japan, Japan…” or the sentence “I’m in Japan.” It will make you feel better immediately and move your mind and feelings to a different place. .
A curious thing I have found is that using the exact opposite thought doesn’t work as well as using a thought that represents something different and positive for you.
If, for instance, you find yourself thinking that you don’t like your body and start repeating “I’m fit,” it will be harder to make yourself believe it and you will have to struggle to replace the negative thought.
If, instead, you avoid the fight and focus your mind on a different thought, you will forget the original thought more easily and soon everything will start to revolve around the new one.
Whenever you find yourself trapped by a negative thought, stop everything you are doing and repeat to yourself 10 or 20 times the most uplifting words you can find. Let your mind do its magic before coming back to your daily routine with renewed vigor and focus.
2. Painting The Picture Of What You Want To Achieve
This is a habit many successful people have used all their lives. In some cases, it is the only one they have kept after becoming extremely rich.
Write down your goals in the morning, at night, and every time you cannot remember clearly what you are aiming for and realize you are doing something that is not taking you closer to your goals.
After you have them in writing, take a minute to visualize each of them. If it’s hard for you to do this on your own, find some related pictures on the Internet.
This will help you start quickly producing bigger ideas for achieving your goals, what will get you out of your negative mental processes. Remember that the trick is to offer yourself thoughts that are bigger, more inspiring, and more exciting than the ones you are busy with at the moment.
Between two fruits, the monkey in your mind will always pick the one with the strongest flavor. And guess what, he doesn’t care if it’s sour or sweet.
3. Acting Like the Person You Want to Become (AKA Playing The Part)
You can call this technique “playing the part” or “fake it till you make it.”
Your goal here is to trigger a mental reaction from your physical actions. You have to ask yourself what the perfect version of yourself would be doing if they were in your shoes right now.
Then do it.
Well, you may ask, “What if I don’t know the details about the person I want to become?”
Let me give you some support and ask you a few questions to help you remember how you would like to be, or what you would like to have right now.
- What do you hate about your life? What would you like to have instead?
- What is missing in your life?
- What are the attributes and habits you would like to have?
- What do you enjoy doing but can’t do right now?
- If you had all the money and time in the world, how would you choose to spend your days?
There you have some food for thought to help you describe the perfect version of yourself.
Now forget about money and material things and think only about that human being. What would that person be doing now?
Start acting the part, and soon you will find that your thoughts seem to be more aligned with that person. You may start having thoughts that seem to come from a far more developed person, and that’s simply because you are acting like that.
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What techniques do you use to protect your mind from negative influences? Please share them in the comments field below.
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