Mind Over Matter: Change the Way You Think With These Powerful Tools
Last weekend I did a post on IG about changing your thoughts to change your life and I wanted to expand on that. Currently, I’m hyper-focused on shifting a few things in my life and I have already begun to map out a few goals I’d love to accomplish in 2018. However, I am acutely aware of how impactful my thought process can be in helping to manifest all that I set my sights on. It’s simply not enough to desire something and hope that it happens. As a result, I have been filling my life up with information to aid in the process that I wanted to share with you.
- Turn that frown upside down - I know that’s corny, but all jokes aside, you can help alter negative thoughts with consistent and constant positive affirmations. If you feed yourself positivity, ability, and a purposeful existence with no limitations, then undoubtedly, you will raise your vibrational energy and set into motion a chain of events that will attract people and opportunities with these same qualities. An amazing app that helps tremendously with this is called, ThinkUp. You can record several affirmations (the first 4 are free) and listen to them as many times as you like whenever you like, throughout your day. It’s completely impossible to be sour after listening to uplifting affirmations several times a day like “I deserve love. I deserve the absolute best in life.
- Stop Beating Yourself Up – Fact of life. We are all human and make mistakes. Sometimes we are definitely embarrassed and regretful but this shouldn’t prevent you from moving ahead. Negative self-talk can truly hamper your personal development and hinder you from moving forward in life. Instead of “Nothing good ever happens to me” or “ I’ll never be wealthy.” Re-visit #1 and start training yourself to “speak life” over your life.
- Gratitude for the Win – I’ve spoken about this before but it’s always worth mentioning again. Being grateful is an automatic mood adjuster. I have gotten to the point where when I feel myself feeling dejected and gearing up to launch a pity party, I just start silently listing everything I am grateful for. Sometimes it’s the seemingly smallest things but I just can’t wallow in disappointment very long when I start. For example, “Thank God, I am healthy. Thank you for my husband and son. I’m grateful that I have a roof over my head, heat & hot water.” Etc. The more I do this, the easier it has been to make the shift when doom and glooms start to creep in. If you want to kick this up a notch, start a gratitude journal. The following apps will get you in a habit of literally “counting your blessings”: ‘Grateful: A Gratitude Journal’ & ‘Gratitude Journal – The original’
- Be Content With the Present – I’m not saying you shouldn’t set goals or hope and desire for more than what you have and are. However, there is true power in owning your status quo and appreciating how far you’ve come. It’s easy to always look to Friday, the weekend, that vacation, next week, next month but seek solace in today. There is beauty and love in your present day that can be comforting to acknowledge.
- Set Your Intention on Being Happy Daily – A few years ago on a solo trip to Tulum, I read this book: Creating A Charmed Life: Sensible, Spiritual Secrets Every Busy Woman Should Know by Victoria Moran. This book is all about truly living your best life, treating yourself divinely, residing in tranquility and peace and pursuing your hearts desires. I find myself revisiting this book from time to time as it serves as a reminder of small habits to acquire that help solidify my beautiful life.
The information you consume on a regular basis and what you turn your attention to can certainly influence your thoughts, vibrations, and energy, so please be cognizant of this when making decisions on what you focus on. Your personal development absolutely depends on it.
Do you have a valuable tool or resource you’d love to suggest? Please share with me. I might make this a series so please do let me know if you are interested in learning more about this topic.
Photography by Kait Ebinger