6 Steps to Creating a Strong Mind
Let me start out by saying this is the longest lesson of the 52 weeks so please read it through. It is 1 page longer than the rest.
Our minds are the source of who we are both personally and professionally. Our mind is all we have. Our mind will determine our success or failure and are our strength and weakness.
It is interesting that with the quality of our lives resting upon our minds, it is almost unbelievable that we choose to fill them up with so much garbage. There is so much negativity from the newspapers, tabloids, social media, television that bombards us on a daily basis that it is no wonder there is so much negativity in the world.
This is the mental junk food that we put into our minds all the time. If we eat junk food constantly our bodies soon show exactly what we are putting into them. Our mental junk food does not show the physical consequences right away like actually eating junk food for our body does. If we choose to constantly fill our minds with negativity and bad news, our minds will begin to decay and will show up in the results we are seeing in our life.
So I would like to go through six steps to creating a strong mind so that we can get the kind of results we are looking for in our life.
If you develop your mental muscles then it will give you the power to accomplish anything you want in your life. Yes, it does take discipline on your part, but it is well worth it. If you take a look at the world’s greatest bodybuilders, they just don’t show up at the gym every once in a while. What they do is create a workout schedule and they are at the gym every day, no matter what. They make it part of their daily routine and are disciplined and following that routine.
To help you create a stronger mind here are six things that I suggest that you become aware of to help keep you on track on creating a stronger mind. I might even suggest you do this with an accountability partner and the both of you be accountable to each other and discuss these things weekly.
1. Read what is right and positive.
Do you see much good news in the newspapers? I remember an old newspaper man saying if it bleeds, it leads. I don’t see much positivity in that. Personally I usually only read the sports section to keep up on my favorite teams and I do the crossword puzzles. Most of the other part of the newspaper is for the liner for my birdcage.
Make it a habit to read good books. I like books that motivate me and inspire me. I do like good novels as well as it expands my imagination. You can look up some of the great inspirational authors on Amazon or even at your local bookstore. I make it a habit to read at least 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the evening just before I go to sleep.
Expand your mind with like-minded people
Find some people or even a group that share the same desire on creating positivity. I suggest a mastermind group. Meetup groups are a good way to do this. You find great successes being created when a group of great minds come together and focus on the same things.
Find A Mentor
One of my mentors is Willie Hooks and I learned more from that man about personal development and how to look at things in a positive light than I had ever have before. So ask yourself, who are the people that you admire most? Whether you know them or not who do you admire? Contemplate who you would like to emulate in your life and start studying them. If they are current people find out if they offer seminars and start attending them. If they have books or audios read them and listen to them. Two of my favorites are Tony Robbins and Wayne Dyer. Another one I would recommend is Andy Andrews.
Listen to Motivational/Inspirational audios
One of the most important habits that you can create for yourself is to listen to inspirational and motivational audios. Listen to them over and over again. Listen to the things that motivate you and inspire you. I love listening to Earl Nightingale who is one of the most inspiring and brilliant thinkers of our time. On this subject he said, “tape listening is the most important advance in technology since the invention of the printing press.” Speakers can reach 10 times as many people with audios over the printed word.
the inspirational messages that you can hear at seminars and the people you meet at the seminars, will reinforce your positive thinking and self-confidence. My suggestion is to search out seminars on the Internet and see which ones are coming to your area that you would like to attend.
Turn Off the Stinking Television
The average American’s television set is on over seven hours a day. This habit, just like any bad habit, needs to be broken. Now don’t get me wrong as I am not saying all television is bad. I must confess I do like my television shows specially cooking shows. I’m simply recommending that you cut back on your television viewing. Make a decision on how long you’re going to watch television and turn it off when your time is up no matter what show is on. This way you get to be more selective. Just try cutting back at least one hour a day at first. Use that time to read a book or listen to an audio or just walk your dog or spend time with your family.
After going through the six steps you might be saying, “I just don’t know if I can be this dedicated and disciplined to bettering myself.” Let me ask you this, “who else are you going to be dedicated and disciplined to if not yourself?”
When it comes right down to it you are all that you have got. Your relationships and your jobs will come and go and your children will grow up and leave the nest and start lives of their own. When that happens you are all alone with yourself. Why not create a you that you can be proud of.
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