What Do You Think About All Day?
Have you ever paid attention to what you think about throughout your day? What occupies the thoughts that play through your head. There is so much truth in the saying that “we become what we think about most of the time”. The human brain is a goal-seeking, problem-solving machine, and the things we think about, focus on, and worry about inevitably shape our destiny. We all know this, and yet most of us completely fail to seize the opportunity. Many of our thoughts are negative so it is no wonder that we can feel down, frustrated, depressed or other negative emotions that reflection our negative thoughts.
Our world is filled with joy, wonders of nature, the love and affection of family and friends, rewards of doing what we live in our jobs and careers, endless opportunities for self-growth and personal development, yet so often our minds are consumed with scary news of the economy or the other concerns of our world or the anxieties of our daily life. Of course, the country economy and world concerns are real but to have those worries occupy the majority of our thoughts is unnecessary. With all the joy and happiness that is yours for the asking, acknowledge that your life is too short for that! Don’t miss out on opportunities to spend with your family, friends or create happy times.
I saw on the news recently that there is a wave of change in our country due to the economy. I like that. Rather than indulge in the excesses and going, going, going fast pace of life, we are slowing down. We are enjoying simple times with those that matter and in solo activities that bring joy to us. The reporter discussed this time in our country is an opportunity for growth, returning to the people and things that matter most to us.
As the stock market goes up/down similar to a roller coaster at Disneyland, our investments follow the same pattern as the roller coaster. I’m going to give you an important investment tip – invest in yourself! That is an investment that will pay huge dividends over and over throughout your life. Invest in memories that you create with family and friends. Invest in things that bring you joy. Invest in the gift of silence as it allows you to listen to your thoughts and emotions without the loud busyness of the hustle and bustle of our lives.
What do you think about all day? Do you beat up on yourself for needing/wanting to lose weight, get back on track or the other challenges of losing weight? While creating healthy habits are important, they are not everything. When you feel healthy and internally strong, the healthy habits are a positive by-product of your inner health. Pay attention to what you think about. When you hear that negative, critical voice, either tell yourself “STOP” or you could hold your hand up to yourself to signal “STOP” and purposefully turn it around. Replace that negative internal chatter with the thoughts and self-talk that better represents you. We are in charge of what we say, listen to and think about. Every bit of it shapes our lives and predicts our future. We can surround ourselves with the best and, in turn, we will be the best we can be.
You are what you think, what you eat and what you surround yourself with. Refuse to fill your life with garbage. Life garbage can be in the form of toxic people that do not bring out the best in us or the bad habits and behaviors that we accept and have in our life. Make your goal every day to be the best person with the most fulfilling day you can have. That “best” will vary day to day. Sometimes my best is off the charts and other times that same best is much less than it was on other days. Both personal bests are just great.
Instead of life garbage, replace with life gifts. Life gifts occur in your life with talking and sharing with the right people, associating with people the most represents you, your values and what you stand for. Read for fun or personal development anything that interests you. Attend seminars and workshops to learn something new or reinforce what you already know to get even better. Laugh, dream, engage in your spiritual practice and be grateful for all the blessings in your life.
Set aside time in your day to spend with yourself. Do something 30 minutes every day that makes you happy and brings you joy. Do something or an activity a minimum of 30 minutes every day that you can reflect at the end of the day that makes you smile. Remember the true rewards of an investment are the ones you make in yourself and your best life.
Believe In Yourself,
Certified Life Coach, Weight Loss Surgery Coach
Certified Back On Track Facilitator