Fix Your Head
On top of your shoulders is the most important organ in your body. It consumes 1/5 of your energy. People say that your attitude to life affects everything. If you are a negative person, you’ll be primed to ignore this. Who want to be negative?
Tuning your mind is the first step to any form of success. If you can see what you want it makes it easier to get there. However, if you fail in your head, your body will work to confirm this. Take a second and ask yourself if you believe you can succeed. If not, let’s fix that now.
The subconscious or nonconcious mind has great power. It works to make what you want happen. It also doesn’t really understand the difference between fact and fiction. Be careful how you talk to yourself. Be careful of the media you feed yourself. It’s time to make it work for you.
Imagine yourself in the future, in the perfect state you want. See your brimming confidence. Watch your interactions with other people. Take some time to strengthen this image in your mind. What details do you see? The little things that maybe you’ve noticed in other people and wondered how to make them a part of you. Now imagine yourself stepping into your future self, becoming your future self. Imagine how good that feels.
Ok, this might seem pretty out there but it’s backed by cognitive science. Your mindset is what you become. This is a simple way to train your mind to get you were you want to go. The more you repeat it, the stronger it gets.
Affirmations are another mechanism. They are simple, personal and present tense. If you say to yourself
- I am an excellent performer.
- I am always calm.
- I always have a positive attitude.
You are telling your subconscious to get to work on making that real. Repeat your phrase often, with belief and watch things change for you. Write it down often and say it to yourself. There’s less science to back up affirmations but try them and see where you are in a month and a year.
The way you talk to yourself has a big impact on the way you view yourself. If you are constantly negative about yourself, what do you expect to happen?
Imagine treating yourself as well as you’d treat a good friend or someone you want to encourage. Notice when you speak harshly to yourself. Look for an encouraging thing to say. You want to succeed. Give yourself the best chance.
It takes, Anders Ericsson estimated, 10,000 hours to become an expert at anything. Yet we spend little time in our lives trying to improve the way we think. College might teach us certain ways of thinking that are field specific but other than that we don’t spend a lot of time in our lives trying to improve. That means the bar is super low, you can put in a bit of time and be better than most people. Try these ideas. Search for books on thinking and mindset to expand. Give it a go.