How to Control Your Mind
What if, every time a negative thought entered your head, you could turn it around into something positive?
How to control your mind from unwanted thoughts is a powerful skill that you can learn. Imagine being able to literally control your thoughts.
Your mindset is working every day, whether you’re aware of it or not. You can think about it like a ship that’s floating around on the ocean. If there’s no one steering the ship, who knows where it will end up? Sure, you might eventually end up drifting onto a tropical island where you can lay on the beach and eat fresh coconuts, but you might also end up drifting into a terrible storm and losing control of the ship. If you declare yourself the Captain of your ship and take control, then you can control where it ends up. If you don’t, the ship is still drifting along every day, whether you’re controlling it or not. You’re just drifting along for the ride.
Yes, it's healthy to experience the full range of human emotion, including negative thoughts. But our brains are wired for survival, which means that we naturally are wired to focus more on the negative. If you're too focused on the pretty cave woman by your side, you might not notice your cave-roommate across the room stealing your food. If you hardly have any food, this could be a life or death situation. So in order to live your best life, it’s necessary to take control of your ship - or else you will end up in the negative.
Turning this around can make a HUGE difference in your life. Having positive thoughts is great for manifestation, but having negative thoughts is terrible for manifestation. We attract what we think about. This is why it’s so important to work on your mindset and control your thoughts.
Controlling your mind will lead you to places like this!
Intrigued? Great, then I've got a challenge for you!
Try taking a thought you usually feel bad about, and turning it around into something positive.
For example, "I hate getting my PG&E bill!" becomes "I'm so grateful for my PG&E bill, because it allows me to have lights after dark, charge my computer and cook!"
That's it! It might feel silly at first, or it might feel too simple, but this is a powerful mindset trick. You can literally turn your thoughts around, and CHOOSE how you think about things. And it becomes easier and easier the more you do it.
Here is an exercise for how to control your mind that’s even more powerful:
Step 1. Write down 10 things you're grateful for.
Step 2. Write down a problem you've been having. (example: you don't have any clients for your business)
Then write 10 things you're grateful for ABOUT that problem!
Let’s continue with the example of not (yet) having any clients. Your list might look something like this:
I'm grateful I have a computer so I can find clients
I’m grateful for all of my pervious clients’ confidence in me. I’m so happy and grateful they joined my program
I’m grateful my previous clients left me rave reviews
I’m grateful for the internet, because people can search for coaches like me and find me
I’m grateful for the internet, because I can research “how to find clients” and get answers
I’m grateful that business coaches exist, because they can help me learn how to meet clients
I’m grateful I have this incredible coaching program that people would be lucky to join
I’m grateful I have the skills and knowledge to help people
I’m grateful I had the courage to take a leap of faith and start my own business
I’m grateful I have the most rewarding career in the world - I literally get to help people for a living!
That’s it! The trick is to change your mind from thinking negatively about the problem to thinking positively about it. True, you may not have any clients right now (or whatever your problem is), but thinking negatively about it is not going to help. Thinking about the problem in a positive light will help train your brain to start to look for solutions. This is the first step to solving your problem!