You Are Your Own
Being flexible, being open, shifting your mindset is a powerful choice. And because it doesn’t always look like a choice, people often miss it.
Successful people adopt the proper attitude to react to ever-changing circumstances. They know that how and what they picture in their mind will create the mood they’re in and the kind of behaviors that follow. Successful people have shown that the quality of life is determined not by what happens to them, but rather by what they do about what happens.
My attitude is that I’m in charge of what I think and how I interpret events, so I pay attention to the chatter in mind, and when it starts bad-mouthing the world, I respond accordingly. I shift my mindset to keep me on track, especially where my health and fitness are concerned.
You can control the playlist of your thoughts.
It’s important to remember that you’re the audio engineer… you can control the playlist of your thoughts. So often, it’s easy to find yourself losing focus and in a negative spiral, with that voice inside your head telling you that you’re not good enough. Or, your thoughts get focused on being critical of others or ruminating on the day’s events. This is a perfect time to try the two techniques that I learned from Safi Bahcall. They’re amazingly simple and effective….
1. DOUBLE DIGITS – Focus on generating a random double-digit number between 1-100. Single digits aren’t difficult enough to create and don’t require you to focus. Because double-digits take a little more effort to create, it’s not easy to make a list of these random numbers and still focus on the irritating voice in your head. So think, “29… 74… 56…. 13…” and all those inner-racing thoughts will start to quiet down.
2. HASHTAG – If you find yourself wallowing in a deep yucky stew of thoughts, this is a simple trick to increase awareness and put things into perspective. It may also make you laugh 😂 When a negative thought bubbles up, create a mental hashtag. Let’s say you’re having a pity party. You might create the mental hashtag #PoorMe, #ImSoLame, or #LifesABitch. Or, when you find yourself stuck in a rumination loop where you’re being critical of other people, say to yourself #FTFF (Filling Time By Finding Fault).
Remember, you can take charge of your inner audio engineer and stop playing the same loop over and over by using these techniques.