Would you attempt to run the latest software programs on an obsolete Operating System?
Because it wouldn’t work – right? You wouldn’t be able to achieve the results you want.
Yet we expect this of our mental Operating Systems all the time.
Though we’re not consciously aware of it, we were programmed with most of our belief systems during the very early years of our lives.
Would you agree you’ve changed significantly since then?
Would you agree the world has changed dramatically since then?
Would you agree the demands upon you have increased a hundredfold since then?
It’s estimated that we think about 60 000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot of mental energy being used.
But what is triggering most of these thoughts? And are they producing the results you want?
Our society is conditioned to instant gratification. Self discipline has become a dirty word. The result? We allow our thoughts to run anywhere they want. Like unruly children, they become feral (and often more destructive than we realize) because they have no guidance and direction.
You may find yourself unconsciously repeating mental mantras that trigger a stressed, anxious, or depressed state – thereby blocking your brain’s ability to formulate solutions or spot opportunities.
An undisciplined mind is easily hijacked – especially given the volume of random stimuli it is exposed to on a daily basis.
A disciplined mind on the other hand allows you to take control of your destiny.
We live in uncertain and volatile times. This can easily induce fear. Fear automatically triggers protective mental programs. Our focus becomes dedicated to survival. This causes our creative brains to shut down. Those in leadership positions need to be extra aware of their predominant state, because it’s infectious.
When fearful thoughts are left to multiply, they create our experience of the world.
This will give you an idea of how it works:
Habitual thoughts trigger feelings to match.
Habitual feelings create an attitude.
Attitude builds your brain’s neural highways
Brain’s neural highways form beliefs.
Beliefs filter your perceptions of yourself, others and the world and generate behaviors.
So if your thought programs are creating a fear based reality, clearly the content of this program has to change.
Just as you would change your physical diet if you want to change the shape of your physical form, your mental diet needs to change to achieve the mental “shape” you want.
Change 60 000 thoughts a day! How are you supposed to do that?
Clearly you can’t monitor every one of your thoughts. You don’t need to. But you can change the predominant content of them by:
• Consciously feeding them a daily mental diet that produces the feelings, attitudes, beliefs and behaviors you want.
• Doing this consistently, so that productive thought programs become automated – forming your default program.
Your quality of life is dictated by the quality of your predominant thoughts.
All athletes and high achievers create and stick to a mental and physical routine that becomes second nature; automatic; a default program. The initial discipline of doing this is what makes them successful.
So, just as I do physical gym daily, I do mind gym daily too. I program my mind profitably with guided meditations and affirmations. This means I start each day in a state of relaxation and confidence. I feel in control of my life. I’m more resilient, and more focused. It gives me courage to deal with challenges, builds my immunity to the chaos around me; and helps me bounce back from the inevitable failures and curved balls.
It helps me become mentally bulletproof.
Anyone can discipline themselves to change a habit – whether it’s mental, emotional or physical. It’s just a skill and it can take as little as 10 minutes. Are your quality of life and future worth 10 minutes a day?
Is it any wonder that we often feel powerless when the pressure is on, if we’re working with obsolete mental software? You are not a helpless pawn. You are the programmer.
You get to choose what programs to install and when to upgrade them.
We are so fortunate! We have access to a vast choice of inspirational audio and visual guidance online, at the click of a key. You don’t even have to be actively watching. Just listen to the soundtrack while you’re getting ready in the mornings, driving or commuting.
I choose to install mental software that uplifts, inspires, builds confidence, and makes me feel brave and bulletproof. What mental software are you going to install today?