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Thursday, March 31, 2016

6 Tips on Thinking Yourself into Greatness


There has been a huge movement that has been going on which says if we think positive thoughts we can overcome negativity and move into positiveness. For years people have been focusing on and doing positive affirmations and it is not working at all. People are getting really tired of it. People have become tired of this philosophy that just positive thinking can project us into being happy, fulfilled and successful. To think that we can just think positive thoughts and that type thinking will help us through life's barrier is very misleading.

Less than 10% of our ability to succeed, lose weight, overcome bad situations, recover from addictions, form deeper relationships, achieve love, and make closure with major life losses, has to do with how we think. Actually more than 90% has to do directly with beliefs that we formed as we grew up and are stored in our subconscious mind which we are unaware of. Believe it or not we have been accumulating and accepting beliefs over our life time. It is these stored beliefs which directly govern how we think.

In order to make a substantial change to how we think we have to understand how our mind works and that over 90 percent of all thoughts are influenced and govern by our beliefs that have formed from our experiences and have embedded themselves in our subconscious mind.  The degree of our happiness, fulfillment and success originate from our beliefs which we are not conscious of. If we search deeper, what really determines who we are, how we behave, our emotions and our identity originate from what is termed our mind code?

Mind code is data gathered everyday of our lives from situations we go through. Think of mind code as a mind algorithm. An algorithm is step by step instructions of how the mind will operate. The data is then converted into our belief system. 

A mind algorithm is very similar to a computer algorithm. In a computer it is the algorithms that tell the computer and program how to function. If the computer algorithms get changed like through a virus then the computer reacts differently or doesn’t work at all. The same is true with mind algorithms. If the mind accepts negative data from experiences, it then produces negative beliefs and in turn generates negative thoughts. An example is if we experience a hurtful situation that causes us to form a belief that we are not good enough then we think we are not good enough. 

Mind code that ultimately decides how we will act, feel, interact and think about ourselves, others and life situations.

6 Tips on thinking yourself into greatness

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1. Believing that you can create positive habits. The truth is, it’s just as easy to create positive habits as it is to create negative ones. It’s just a matter of how you spend your time.  You can spend your time believing things you are not or create new beliefs that bring you closer to what you want to believe in. Or submitting to old beliefs that do not serve you.  Thinking negatively can become an addiction. People complain, “It’s too hard to keep my energy up thinking in what is good for me!” It’s not hard – it’s just that people get in the habit of thinking negatively. If this sounds like you, break the habit.  Realize that you are where you are because of the way you believed in the past, and your future depends on the beliefs you accept today. You can choose to stay negative, or create new beliefs that will change your thinking.  You can choose to watch another sitcom, or you can choose to read another chapter in a great book. You can choose to act on opportunity, or you can choose to barriers.  There’s nothing hard or complicated about it, other than the way you’re thinking based on old beliefs that no longer serve you.

2. Ruminating on everything, over and over again. Lack of confidence and discipline, mixed with over expecting rapid success and negative beliefs, fuels a habit of negative thoughts. Many studies suggest that ruminating is a self-handicapper: rather than risk failure, they prefer to create and indulge in beliefs formed long ago that create barriers to success and make it next to impossible which forms a vicious cycle. The best thing you can do for yourself is to break this cycle – stop saying “I can’t,” start saying “I can,” and then put it into action. The world isn’t going to dominate itself.  Stop fearing something will probably won’t happen in your life. Thinking isn’t enough; you must apply!  Building a strong belief system is the way toward successful thinking; you must DO! If you can’t change all beliefs at once changing a few at a time will add up. A positive belief system built over time, in small increments, tends to be create a change in your thinking that lasts for a long time. 

3. Comparing oneself to others, and then harboring bitterness or resentment. Negative thinking people believe someone else’s good fortune steals from their own. They believe they are not good enough to deserve success. This leads to bitterness and resentment. Don’t let bitterness (or jealously) get the best of you. Bitterness is the art of counting someone else’s blessings instead of your own – there’s nothing attractive or admirable about believing this. So stop comparing your journey with everyone else’s. Your life is your life. Living isn’t a competition. You are competing with yourself to believe you are the best you can be. If you want to measure your improvement, compare yourself to who you were yesterday.

4. Self-doubt fuels negativity and withdrawal. The mind is an awesome tool if used right, but it’s also a negativity engine that attempts to fill your awareness with doubt if you allow it. Any uncomfortable thinking should be rejected. Don’t accept it and let it get the best of you. Believe in yourself through tough times. Believe in your capacity to flourish. Believe making new connections are worth the effort. Believe strongly that people make mistakes on their way to greatness. Believe that people can be thoughtless and intelligent, selfish and gracious, and stressed and excited all at the same time. Believe that there are many roads to what’s right. Most of all believe in your intuition, especially when you have to choose between two good paths. Believe that the answers are within you not outside you. Believe that life will surprise you over and over again. Believe that your experiences along the way are the destination. Those who don’t have strong and positive beliefs, think they will never find their strength within.

5. Don’t put yourself down. There is enough people out there to put you down due to their own negative beliefs. Begin with forming compassion toward yourself. Compassion simply is a keen emotional understanding of the situations you have experienced and how they have gotten you to where you have gotten to. Believe that you can overcome anything and your thinking will fall in line.

6. Recognize your beliefs. You have to recognize your beliefs in order to correct them. Your core beliefs are the windows of your mind code. Meaning if you make the effort to recognize the bad beliefs you carry and change them then your life will change for the better. So write down a list of all your core beliefs you have about yourself. Study the list and determine whether each one is true or false, real or delusional, yours or someone else’s and finally what kind of emotion that belief would produce. For every belief that is false, delusional, accepted from someone else and produces a negative emotion, then write a new positive one and accept it into your belief system with a strong positive emotion. Read your new list daily. Especially first thing in the morning and the just before you fall asleep when your mind is most pliable to new beliefs. Watch your thoughts change.

Takeaway

You can't think yourself to greatness but with a solid positive core belief system you can accomplish anything you want. Follow #6 above and create a new skill which will manifest in a change in your thinking and the result will be a new you!

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         Coach Bill

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