I received a call the other day from Diane, an old acquaintance, and she was having some challenges in her personal and business life. She had some decisions to make and she said: “I am out of control with my thinking and I am not sure what to do – there are too many voices in my head”.
While listening to her, reminded me of so many people who are not the masters of their thinking. They are so busy copying, comparing and competing with co-workers, peers, other career professionals and business owners, entrepreneurs, friends and family members.
After Diane and I talked for awhile, I discovered she was not really out of control; she just needed some quiet time to look at her choices and then make the right decisions. I sent her the below video and made five suggestions:
Here are the five suggestions:
Suggestion #1. Recognize you have choices
Choices equal power. By asking the question, “What are my choices,” you have already reclaimed the power that having choices brings. That is the key to reclaiming mental mastery instead of being sucked into the ‘poor me’ or ‘only if’ mentality.
Suggestion #2. Define your commitment
One of my affirmations is “by our choices we reveal our commitments.” By checking in with yourself and addressing your commitments, you lay the foundation to take responsibility for your results.
If you are really committed to being happy in your personal and business life, you will make better choices.
Suggestion #3. Master your thinking
What stories and half-truths are you telling yourself? For example do you tell yourself that you are too old, too fat, too skinny, not able to learn all of this new stuff, not good at business, or not equipped to make sound decisions? These are stories instead of facts.
Instead of being a slave to your thoughts becomes a master over them.
Suggestion #4. Identify the real problem
Sometimes it’s just easier to get attached to the drama and the story than to make a commitment to change. Perhaps the real problem is that you aren’t applying your creativity enough or not spending enough time caring for yourself and identifying the real problem, possibly “YOU”.
Suggestion #5. Release resistance
Stuck energy sometimes needs to be moved. When you make this conscious choice to release the resistance, you put yourself back in control instead of being a victim to being stuck and negative. Master your thinking, ask better questions and your energy will shift, positive results are sure to follow.
What other suggestions would you recommend to someone for mastering their thinking? Here’s a better question: Are You The Master of Your Thinking?
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© 2011 Dr. Laureen Wishom
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