"It takes the same amount of energy to hold a negative belief as it does to hold a positive one. Make sure you choose beliefs that empower you rather than limit you."
- Ruban Chavez
To all you young-bucks and birds reading this (and their parents who may or may not approve of such language) you're welcome for the * in the title. On the other hand we all know that regardless of asterix you probably said the word in your mind anyways so.. Ya. I don't know. The truth is I just needed a good transition:
Speaking of minds.. (SO GOOD RIGHT?)
I'm a firm believer in the power of our thoughts. I believe that scientifically our thoughts are made up of energy patterns (quantum physics, google it.) and since, according to Albert Einstein, everything in the universe is made up of energy as well ( E= mc2, google it.) it only stands to reason that our thoughts affect us and everything around us.
So, where does that leave us?
It's said that on average humans have around 60,000 thoughts per day,
with 98% of them exactly the same as the day before (and near to 80% of them being negative - what the actual hell, people.)
With that information alone I'd say building healthy thought patterns is pretty important. While we are symbiotic creatures made up of mind, body and spirit our minds are the gateway to our realities.
To quote a Chinese proverb,
"Be careful of your thoughts, for your thoughts become your words. Be careful of your words, for your words become your actions. Be careful of your actions, for your actions become your habits. Be careful of your habits, for your habits become your character. Be careful of your character, for your character becomes your destiny."
Simply put: our thoughts become our realities.
Which begs the question(s): What do you want out of life, who do you want to be and are you cultivating the thought-life to support that outcome?
Here are a few must-know's and ideas to make your mind your biatch:
1. IT TAKES INTENTION (#action)
As much as we often hate the work aspect of growth the truth is your mind and your habits are not going to change without action. Discipline is a word my free-spirit loathes, but something that holds great value. It's takes time to change and you have to be wiling to say yes to that again and again, especially when our environment is working in opposition of us.
2. REPEAL AND REPLACE
Speaking of politics (just kidding, #no).. But seriously, consider your character, and do it honestly. Who do you want to be? What kind of human do you want to be known as? According to the proverb our character becomes our destinies. So, get in there. Do some digging, listen to yourself, then when and where necessary repeal and replace that crap which limits you.
3. USE YOUR WORDS, FOR YOURSELF AND OTHERS
You are and can do what you believe you are and can do.
"..your words become your actions."
You have an inexhaustible well of words. So, give them away. You know how much effort it takes to change, so why not remind someone else how they're killing it at life. It costs you nothing to tell someone how talented and beautiful they are. And you benefit: the more positivity you pump into an atmosphere, the less room there is for negativity. When you teach yourself to look for and call out the good in others you are creating habits through which you see the world. Through which you see yourself.
4. COFFEE, QUOTES AND QUIET
Okay. I know people go sideways with words like meditation but let's discuss. If we already have around 60,000 thoughts a day and our thoughts influence our reality I think it's fair to say that teaching ourselves to start our day in the positive isn't as whacko as some people make it seem.
Grab a coffee, your journal, a good quote, positive thought or bible verse and sit with it. The University College London says that it takes 66 days to build a habit. 66 days, 5 minutes every morning. Thats 330 minutes (like.. the equivalent of three movies over two months..) dedicated to influencing your life for the better. Worth it? I'd say so.