Someone once said: “you get more of what you think about the most.” So what are your predominant thoughts? What thoughts do you hold in mind most of the day/week? As I have said previously – “Energy Flows where Attention goes!” So we need to change our thoughts….
Try this little exercise. OK – so you have an idea of what you want to change. You may have an image of what your future will look like once you have made the change to your life. Right, now sit back in your chair, relax, get hold of that image and think about it for say 5 mins. I’ll wait here while you do this exercise. You need to do it to get what I am talking about. You may not last 5 minutes that’s fine.
Right, done that? OK, how long were you able to keep your image in focus before your mind started to wander? Before you started thinking about work, dinner, a conversation or any other random thought? Did you stay with that new line of thinking, or did you bring your mind back to the task at hand of staying with the image? A minute, 30 seconds, 10 seconds?
Was it a little harder than you expected to stay with the image? We also slip back to our old habits of thinking and images because that is how we have programmed our brains. So how do you change your thinking / images?
Well, one of the keys is to be aware of your thoughts, catch yourself and refocus your mind on your new future. Another is to remember to keep remembering to focus on the new image. The more that you focus on the new way of thinking / images the easier it becomes. At the same time, because you have reduced the amount of focus on the old images, they will slowly begin to fade. The brain works on the principle, use it or lose it. So that works really well for us. Because it also explains why we stay in the old pattern.
So to start embedding those changes you desire, you need to keep in mind what your future will look like. To focus your mind on that new image and to be able to wander around in the image in your mind and really “see” yourself being, doing and having what you desire (being fully engrossed in it).
If we struggle to maintain the image in our minds for long, we need to learn is to be able to maintain our concentration and focus. This takes a little practice, but with some patience and tolerance and knowing that persistence will pay off in the end. Slowly the amount of time that you can hold the image gets longer and longer. Stay with it, it is worth it.
until next time