While living at home as a child, whenever something bad happened to me, my mother used to say, “You cannot move forward if your head is turned looking backward.” That’s a very true statement. The choices we make every day give us the ability to focus our mental energy on whatever we choose. We can either dwell on the past or move beyond it and focus on the future.
One of our culture’s favorite pastimes is to dredge up any and all emotional pain of past negative experiences, bad luck stories, failed relationships, and/or physical ailments. Dwelling on these past failures and injustices uses your mental energy and recreates the same bad experience in our subconscious mind! This, in turn, gives it more power to make us feel bad or unworthy.
ALL energy has effects. What you focus on expands. The effects of focusing on past painful events have a profound impact on what your future destiny will be. Anytime you dwell on your past failures or inadequacies, you only create more fear about your opportunities in the future.
Remember the old saying, “This is the first day of the rest of your life.” Well, it’s true! The past is a locked door. No matter how hard you may try, you cannot go back and change it. Your point of power is in the present – it is what you do with your present time and energy. Your future is created by the thoughts and energy you use today. It is always up to you to give yourself permission to stop talking and thinking about what happened in the past. Focus your mental, physical, and emotional life energy on what you are going to create in the future.
What your future will look like is totally dependent on what information and self-direction you give yourself with your self-talk. It is a practiced skill to learn to have the ability to choose what thoughts come into your mind, rather than be ruled by the thoughts that flow at random. You must recognize that you have the power of control to master your inner dialogue, to make your mind obey you rather than control you. What an awesome feeling to realize that your future is up to you! Your thoughts create your reality!
I suggest you experiment with new strategies for expanding your personal power and winning back absolute control of your life. This information can give you the confidence and courage to make positive changes. You don’t have to be a victim of life. You have the power to change strategies and create a happier life. However, you must be willing to accept total responsibility for changing your self-talk and the caliber of your thoughts about yourself and your potential. Shad Helmstetter, an expert on self-talk who authored: What to Say When You Talk to Yourself and The Self-Talk Solution, wrote: “Because 75 percent or more of our early programming was of the negative kind, we automatically followed suit with our own self-talk – our own self-programming of the same negative kind. The result is that we grow to maturity with some of the most inappropriate and self-hindering programs imaginable stuck permanently in our subconscious minds, where they will affect every action we will ever take and every thought we will ever think, for the rest of our lives.”
The bottom line is that we are now the sum total of all the programming others have given us, including the thoughts we have had about ourselves. Our brain is designed to make sure we live out the programs installed. The end result is that all those past images, thoughts and directions will influence your attitudes and every action you take today. If you do not take personal responsibility for nurturing, caring and feeding of your own subconscious mind, you will be manipulated and controlled by past programming and your current environment.
You have the power to train your mind to choose what you think and not allow random thoughts to hold you hostage. Your goal is to become inner-directed and focused, so that you decide what you want to think, rather than having your thoughts and emotions be determined by the world around you. The untrained mind has more emotional ups and downs because it is reacting to random thoughts.
It is believed that 40,000 to 50,000 thoughts enter your mind every day. It has also been suggested that 80 percent of your thoughts are negative on an average day. Can you imagine what your thoughts are like on a bad day? Moreover, what effects do those negative thoughts have on your attitude, your creativity and your passion for life? You are in the driver’s seat. No one can change your thoughts but you.
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Best To You,
Business & Life Strategist
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