Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think. – Benjamin Disraeli
The subconscious mind makes no distinction between constructive and destructive thought impulses. It works with the material we feed it, through our thought impulses. The sub-conscious mind will translate into reality a thought driven by fear, just as readily as it will translate into reality a thought driven by courage or faith. – Napoleon Hill
What we think has a great impact not only in what happens to us but how we feel. “Well, of course”, you say. But most of us go through life thinking thoughts without regard for the consequences. We are not tuned in to the subtleties of our thought processes. When we are feeling bad, there is always a thought or group of thoughts behind it. The same thing goes for when we are feeling good. External inputs are not relevant here.
Start to examine your thoughts, thought processes and beliefs as they relate to how you are feeling at any given moment. As you practice this technique you’ll begin to find patterns of thought that are directly associated with how you are feeling. As you become more and more aware, it will become easier to start changing or “tweaking” those thoughts to shift your mood. When you find a thought that doesn’t make you feel good, try and change it slightly so that it is a little less negative, but still believable. Once you are there, then you can change that new thought into something a little bit better. And on and on until the original thought has been completely transformed.
I’m talking about small changes in thought and small shifts in mood. You don’t need to do anything more. The continual march towards feeling a little bit better will make a huge difference in your overall life and experience. One note of caution – Do not try to stop thinking a particular thought. The opposite will happen and you will continue, almost obsessively, to think that thought. It’s much better to just think another thought instead.
Have a great day!