Your inner world can have a tremendous effect on the decisions that you make, the actions you take and on your general level of happiness, confidence and self-esteem.
Your beliefs affect your thoughts, feelings and actions. The actions that you take will ultimately create your life. However, many of your beliefs are incorrect, no longer relevant or no longer useful. However, they still drive our thoughts and emotions as they are largely habitual.
Changing any of these internal components will influence the results that you experience. The good news is that your inner world is under your control, though making changes that stick can be challenging. However, if you can change your mind on a consistent basis, your life will follow:
Here are a few great ways to do this.
1. Examine your beliefs.
Write down a list of the beliefs that are holding you back and then question them. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Where did you get this belief?
- Why do you believe it’s accurate?
- Is there a possibility that this belief is false?
- How much evidence do you really have in support of this belief?
- What if this belief was NOT true?
2. Use positive affirmations.
Continually give yourself positive thoughts and uplifting self-talk throughout the day, even when you don’t feel like doing it. Hint: This is the best time! Negative thoughts lead to negative emotions. Positive thoughts will fill you with positive emotions. With positive thoughts, you will have more energy, get more done, be happier and more successful.
3. Track your thoughts.
A great way to do this is to set an alarm on your smart phone, to notify you each hour. When the alarm sounds, think about how you have used your mind over the previous 60 minutes.
Some of the questions that you can use include:
- What did you think about?
- Was your attention focused on the task at hand or did you worry about other things in your life?
- Did you use your mind to better your future?
- Were you focusing on what you want, or what you don’t want?
Measuring yourself each hour will help you to stay focused and start to cement new patterns of thinking into place. It’s all too easy to fall into old patterns if you only check yourself once a day.
4. Start and end your day by experiencing gratitude.
It’s so easy to focus on what you don’t have. It seems like we are programmed to think this way. However, this is only a habit that can be changed. So instead, spend a few minutes before bed listing the 10 things that went well for you today. I do this everyday and it is a wonderful thing to do just before going to sleep.
By focusing on the positive, you’ll brighten your mood and increase the number of good things that come into your life. This follows the key premise of the Law of Attraction that like attracts like.
5. Focus on solutions.
It’s a big mistake to spend your time focusing on your problems. It makes you feel terrible and hopeless and that’s not a good place to be. It also fails to solve the challenge that you are facing. When something is going wrong in your life, you want to switch into solution-finding mode.
What can you do to make a positive change? Start by making a list of all the things that you could do. You will find that you have far more options than you realise.
6. Learn to meditate.
Meditation has many physical and mental benefits. It can reduce stress, strengthen your health, help to strip away those limiting beliefs and bring you clarity and focus. Meditation is one action that can have a huge, positive effect on your life and it’s so easy to do!
Incorporate time for meditation into your schedule each day. Just 10 minutes a day can make a real difference. Start by focusing on your breathing. Each time you notice your mind wonder (and that will be often to start with), gently return the focus of your attention to your breathing.
7. Stay grounded in reality.
Many of us are not living in the present. We’re thinking about the past or speculating on the future. However, if you concentrate on living intentionally in the present moment, the future will bring the joy you hope for. It’s also very hard to be stressed or anxious, when you are completely immersed in the present moment.
Remember that life is whizzing by 24/7. The actions you take right now determine your future. However, you can’t act today if your mind is elsewhere.
8. Take care of your body.
When your body is out of sorts, it skews the way you interpret the world. We are guided by our feelings, and when your health is compromised, your emotions can be misleading. Remember to eat well, exercise often and get plenty of sleep. It’s basic stuff, but this makes such a difference to me and I’m sure it will for you too.
Most of us believe we’re victims of our circumstances, but we’re actually victims of our own thinking. No matter how bad your situation might be, someone has started with an even worse situation and led an incredible life. Changing your inner world is the key to changing your outer world. Take some time to apply these 8 steps and I’m sure you will notice the changes.
To your success