Happiness Starts with Self Awareness
Thoughts are Powerful Things. How to STOP the 'Stinkin Thinkin' with practice every day.
Stop the ‘Stinkin Thinkin’
Thoughts are Things...
...Powerful things and the words we use every day to explain our thoughts and how we are feeling, show up in how we act and play in our personal and professional life.
This is not a new idea, in fact; Prentice Mulford wrote his book called, ‘Thoughts are Things’ in 1889, long before more well-known, contemporary authors began writing about the power of thought. Despite being over 100 years old, this is a powerful book on thought.
Mulford explains we have, in effect, two minds: the mind of the body and the mind of the spirit. The mind of the body is limited and fights change. It thinks things must always be the way they've always been. The mind of the spirit trusts in the Supreme Power which made all things and knows that anything is possible if you believe.
Thoughts Become Things
Long before the Law of Attraction became widely known, Mulford talked about the fact that what we talk about and think about is what we attract to ourselves. He explains that if a group of people talk about disease or suffering, they will eventually bring disease and suffering to themselves in some form. One of my favorite chapters is the one on cultivating courage. He notes that courage and presence of mind mean the same thing; and cowardice and lack of mental control mean about the same thing. He notes that courage comes from discipline regarding so-called little or trivial things. It means focusing on whatever you're doing at the moment, rather than allowing your thoughts to scatter in many directions. This focus allows you to have the presence of mind to do what needs to be done, rather than to panic.
To me, personally; Presence of Mind means understanding and daily practicing..Self Awareness
We’re familiar with the term self-awareness, however,
- Do we really know what it means?
- Do we understand the importance and value of practicing self-awareness to having a successful, happy life?
Self Awareness Exercises
“self-awareness allows you to identify any thought patterns and recognize the problems they’re causing you in your day-to-life. As a result, you’ll suddenly find yourself much more at ease while at the same time making smarter decisions that will lead to greater success in life.”
Verbalize Your Feelings
Talk it out with yourself outloud or with a close friend.
Go Three Levels Deep
If you’re about to make a decision, you want to ask yourself why. This will start to clarify things for you and you can then go a level deeper and ask “why" to your first answer.
Desensitize Yourself to Visceral Reactions
Ever know anyone who’s constantly in a hyper-emotional state where everything is either the greatest thing ever or the worst thing ever? Self-awareness reduces the impact of visceral reactions. It puts you in a state-of-mind.
Think About What You’re Saying To Yourself
Whether we’re aware of it or not, we’re always thinking. If that thinking turns into an endless loop of negative self-talk, the consequences can be quite destructive. So during a tough or stressful situation, be mindful of the types of thoughts that go through your head.
Question Your View Point
It might not sound therapeutic, but thinking over a viewpoint that goes against what you believe can actually have tremendous mental health benefits.
A cornerstone for developing one’s self-awareness, meditation is the process of focusing on a simple or mundane task (ex. focusing on your breathing) that allows you to pay attention to the thoughts going through your mind.
Lots of food for thought and ways to change your ‘stinkin thinkin’ (a phrase I made my own) to a more positive way of thinking, which in turn will bring you great success in living a Happier Lifestyle in your personal and professional life.
In closing, I want to share a mentor of mine, Mike Dooley, teacher on the nature of reality. On his website tut.com you can sign up to receive Notes from the Universe daily, to your inbox. He has some amazing reading on the art of being Positive and he has a DVD called Thought Become Things that is a definitely worth the purchase. Here is a small nugget of his wisdom.
As a Life Coach my first step with a new client is working with the thoughts and self talk going on often on autopilot and how to retrain your brain.
I would love to work with you to get a handle on your stinkin thinkin~
Lee Pryke, MPsy