LIFT YOUR THOUGHTS | Creating a new way to think

It is said that the mind is a terrible thing to waste.  But what is it about a thought that has the power to propel us forward to our purpose or keep us paralyzed and tied to our past?  Our thoughts are a part of us.  They live with us.  They lead us.  

Experts say that we think between 50,000 - 80,000 thoughts per day.  Wouldn’t it be great if the majority of those thoughts were positive, empowering, creative and supportive?  By choosing to focus on our possibilities instead of our limitations, we create an environment for a more productive and happier life.  

 I like the quote by Mark Twain that says, “I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.”  

Many of the things that we think about ourselves can hinder us because we can be our own worst critic.  

We were created for greatness and each of us has unique talents and abilities that make the world a better place. 

That's why it’s important to remember to lift our thoughts, because we often gravitate toward our point of focus.  For example, if you’re driving a car and take your eyes off of the road to look at something along the way, if you focus on it for too long, the car will begin to move in that direction.  It’s the same way with our thoughts.

Have you ever noticed that there are those who have learned to cultivate a positive attitude and move effortlessly toward their goals, while others tend to struggle to get started, and never seem to get things moving in the right direction?  What is it that makes the two so different?

A glass half-empty is never full, while a glass half-full has room for more.

Without noticing, we can find ourselves embracing limiting thoughts that keep us focused on what we believe we can’t do, rather than what we can.

But what if we flipped the switch and changed the conversation to a more supportive train of thought?

I once heard an illustration about our minds being like Grand Central Station with “trains of thought” constantly traveling in and out.  There are trains that travel into dark tunnels and trains that travel in the direction of light.  We get to choose which ticket we purchase.

Just as Maya Angelou expressed that “words are things," thoughts are also things that manifest in tangible ways.

With a constant stream of media, daily stressors and a lack of rest, it’s possible for our thoughts to become weighed down.  

So what can we do to lift our thoughts and keep us traveling in a more positive direction?  Let’s re-focus to form new habits.

We can choose to:
  1. Embrace the talents and abilities that make us unique and allow ourselves to enjoy our accomplishments. 
  2. Monitor the voice inside our head and not allow negative thoughts to linger.  Take the train in a different direction.  
  3. Get more rest.  You’ll be amazed at how getting 8 hours of sleep consistently will improve your health and overall sense of well-being.  You will feel more capable to handle the stress and challenges of the day.
  4. Turn off the constant stream of media and only read the news that you’re truly interested in.  
  5. Identify the stressors in your life and make the necessary changes that will lighten your load.  
  6. Limit how much you put on your plate.  It’s ok to set boundaries and say no to people and things that weigh you down.
  7. Have fun, be adventurous and enjoy life!  Allow yourself to reconnect with the people and things that make you happy.  

Have dinner with friends, learn to play an instrument, ride a motorcycle, take a class, run a marathon, help a charity, become a mentor, learn a new language, go hiking or plan that trip you’ve always wanted to take.

The list is truly endless… but only you can choose what works for you.

Life is meant to be enjoyed and not just lived.  The good news is that when you learn a new way to think, you can learn a new way to be.

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