Transform Your Thinking to Change your Life!
Transformation of your life is an overhaul of what you’re thinking, not just the result of nutrition and exercise.
Did you know most of us spend our lives sabotaging ourselves with questions like these?
-Why does bad stuff always happen to me?
-What have I done in life to deserve this?
-When will things finally get better for me?
As I delve into the psychology of weight loss, good health, and overall human wellness, I’ve discovered that our lives’ quality and happiness come down to what questions we’re asking ourselves daily. It’s been scientifically proven that human beings will always move in the direction of their most dominant thoughts, so if you see yourself as someone who is working hard but never gets ahead, you will most likely continue to work hard and never get ahead.
This is all fine and dandy, but how do we change how we think?
If you want to experience a true life transformation on your wellness journey, you have to get in tune with the quality of your innermost thoughts.
Attached are 15 tips below from purposefairy.com that our team really connected with in terms of tools we can each use to change how we think. These 15 points hit home for us and are easy to implement in our daily lives immediately.
15 Powerful Ways to Change Your Thoughts and Transform Your Life
1. Change your thoughts by creating positive affirmations
The truth is that most people are given to making negative affirmations. When you repeatedly think that you will not succeed in a particular project, it is a negative affirmation. Affirmations, both negative and positive, impact the neurological functioning of the brain.
Positive affirmations are like mantras. They have a powerful and spiritual force about them.
Examples of negative affirmations are: ‘I can’t do this. It is ‘quite difficult’.
2. Learn to apply a full stop
We keep mulling over our misfortunes, the perceived wrongs committed to us by those who we have loved and stood by so sincerely. We never stop cursing ourselves for the mistakes that we think we have committed. What would have happened if I had done this or that? What would happen if I do this or that in the future?
This is not to suggest we should not learn from our past mistakes or plan our future intelligently. The only thing is we should stop thinking over and over once we have learned from our past and decided about our future.
3. Eliminate self-punishing thoughts.
“I was born unlucky, so nothing good will ever happen to me.”
These negative thoughts are not only harmful to your mental wellbeing, but they negatively affect your physical health too.
4. Count your blessings
Most of us take our blessings for granted. We choose to complain about what we don’t have and moan about all of our woes. Instead of leading each day putting these thoughts out into the world, consider those who are less fortunate than you. Replace the urge to complain by writing down the little things you are grateful for in your life.
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” ~ Melody Beattie
5. Appreciate and enjoy what you already have
A great way to change your thoughts is to appreciate and enjoy what you already have. This is not to suggest that you should not aspire for a still better life. Enjoy whatever amount of success you have achieved instead of feeling sad about what you have not been able to achieve. There is nothing wrong with always fixing higher benchmarks or goals, but failure to reach them should not spoil your enjoyment of what you already have.
“If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich.” ~ Lao Tzu
6. Savor the joys of your achievements
It is one thing to achieve your goal; it is another to enjoy it after you have achieved it.
“There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want; and after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second.” ~ Logan Pearsall Smith
7. Stand erect and hold your head high in trying circumstances
We tend to feel demoralized in adverse conditions. We stop and feel low as if we are bending under the weight of our current circumstances. This happens both literally and figuratively. However, you will surely feel better if you try to lift your spirits and your head like a person determined to take up the challenge. This is the best way to get out of depression. Try it.
8. Allow yourself to be playful and childlike
Children are known for the innocence and simplicity of mind. They soon forget their quarrels with their friends and start playing together once again. This is the reason that generally they are always happy and smiling. Translated into the language of adults, we should learn to forget and forgive.
“The great man is he who does not lose his child’s-heart.” ~Mencius, Book IV
9. Seek happiness and contentment in the present moment
Do not associate happiness with future events. For example, “I will be happy when things are this way.” This is postponing your happiness to an unsure future. The better alternative is to try to postpone your sorrow to some future moment as much as you can. The time to be happy is today because yesterday has already passed, and you cannot be sure that tomorrow will bring any happiness.
“How simple it is to see that we can only be happy now, and there will never be a time when it is not now.” ~ Gerald Jampolsky
10. Be a master of your moods
Be a master rather than a servant of your moods. You are the ruler of your kingdom of happiness. Do not allow other people or circumstances to make you happy or sad. Do not depend on material possessions to create happiness for you. Choose to be happy right now.
11. Wake up with a resolve to stay happy during the day
Resolve the first thing as you wake up in the morning to remain happy throughout the day. Please spend some time outside with nature listening to birds’ songs in the trees or watching them flying high in the skies. Go out for a walk or to a nearby park. Remember, It’s your resolve to remain calm as soon as you sense trouble coming. You owe yourself an ethical duty to remain happy.
12. Your body is your temple. Honor it
Keep the temple of your body neat, clean, and well-ventilated. Do not dump garbage of dirty, negative thoughts and toxic junk food in it. It is challenging to remain happy when you are sick physically or mentally.
There is a close relationship between the mind and the body. Take physical exercises regularly according to your needs. Subscribe to some inspiring- thought- for- the- day service to motivate you to stay happy during the day.
13. Meditate daily
Most yoga and meditation gurus have complicated the process of meditation by using incomprehensible jargon about its practice and goals. Consequently, most people tend to doze off during the meditation sessions and stop practicing meditation altogether.
Simplify meditation by just taking stock of your day in the evening within your own head. Remember the little good things that happened. For example, you were not held up in traffic jams, or your car ran smoothly. There was no problem with your boss and colleagues. You had a delicious lunch or coffee. Thank your stars for a nice, happy day. This will fill you with gratitude and make you a happier person.
“During meditation, your metabolism and your breath rate go down to a level of rest, twice that of deep sleep.” ~ Mike Love
14. Focus on changing yourself instead of changing the world around you
It is impossible to change the world around you, so stop fretting when people do not come up to your expectations. The best course is to change yourself or adjust to the people or situations you do not like.
“Never underestimate your power to change yourself; never overestimate your power to change others.” ~ Wayne Dyer
15. Make the best of what you have
It is always better to make the best of what you have rather than pine for what you think is the best. A perfect state occurs only in Utopia, and the world you live in is not that kind of ideal place.
Do not be worried about the imperfections. The word ‘imperfection’ is derived from ‘perfection.’ Even the most imperfect situation has some small element of perfection in it.
You change your life by changing your thoughts. If the thoughts you think are pure, your life will be pure.
So, basically, GRATITUDE is our ultimate defense against our own self-loathing negativity.
Regardless of what “mood” we woke up in this morning, we all have the power to CHOOSE how we feel, and only we get to decide how we want to feel each day.
Not only do you get to choose before you start your day, you can self-correct at any point and get back to feeling good. Once you decide that you’re not going to allow fear, negativity, or your circumstances to control your life, is when you’ll begin to experience true transformation.
(Yes, you have that kind of power over your life!)