Did you know that you are always talking to yourself?
No, you are not cracking up! However, you are continuously communicating to yourself through the way you think to yourself, view things, and the images you create in your mind. I don’t know about you, but most of the messages I get from media and people around me tend to be more negative than optimistic.
Unsuccessful people tend to be passive listeners, receiving the messages from TV and radio in an unthinking fashion, so that they tend to absorb those messages and incorporate them into their thinking.
Choose Your Mental Diet Carefully
Successful people, on the other hand, take charge of the information that goes into their minds. They know that they can feed on junk food and produce junk food results, or they can consciously filter and choose what they decide to put into their mind: they feed on mental power vegetables.
Take An Inventory of What You Watch, Listen To, and Read
As you go into the next week, I would encourage you to take an inventory about what you listen to and read during the days of your life. Do you passively view and listen to junk food TV programs, radio shows, and negative opinions. Or do you seek to read quality content, listen to optimistic messages, and view valuable shows that will add value to your thinking and positive results to your life?
An example of positive sources of mental food that I choose to “eat” during the week: daily time in the Bible; 15 minutes of personal development at one of my favorite podcasts; reading quality books both in my field and fictional works as well, and quality blogs (for example, Zen Habits, Change Your Thoughts, Advanced Life Skills, among others)
One key success factor resource you will want to add to your mental war-chest is positive affirmations that will empower your brain.
Think of it as filling up on high grade gas in order to drive effectively throughout the week. I borrowed these positive affirmations from Zig Ziglar’s Success for Dummies.
As Zig states, “You should look yourself in the eye as you make these positive affirmations. Don’t be shy; go ahead and get started! I would challenge you to print these out, laminate them, and read them aloud in the car on the way to work in the morning, and prior to retiring at night:
I clearly understand that failure is an event, not a person; that yesterday really did end last night; and that success isn’t final and failure is not fatal because I only fail if I quit.
I have the courage to admit a mistake and to say that I was wrong.
I have vision in my life.
I utilize every minute well to maximize my ability.
I am successful because I believe that to be truly educated, I must be mentored–either in business or in my personal life, by reading or by association–by superior minds with greater skills and mature spirits.
I discipline myself to do the things that I need to do when I need to do them, because I know that doing them will enable me someday to do the things I want to do when I want to do them.
I clearly understand that if I develop yearning power and apply learning power, I will increase my earning powers.
I have written, specific goals for my life, and I review them daily.
I have a great sense of humor, and I have the ability to laugh at myself.
I am like an eraser. I recognize my mistakes, I learn from my mistakes, and then I erase those mistakes from my memory.
I move forward every day, even if it’s only a tiny step, because I know that great things are accomplished with tiny moves, but nothing is accomplished by standing still.
One other powerful set of Zig Ziglar affirmations I have used over the years with great success is found here. I encourage you to incorporate these into your life. I challenge you: if you use positive affirmations on a daily basis, you will see some very positive results after 30 days. Write me and let me know about the positive results that you bring into your life.