10 Jan
2011

Unleash the Powers of Your Mind

The mind is an incredible servant but a terrible master.  Winston Churchill said, “The price of greatness is responsibility over each of your thoughts.”  Do you control your thoughts or have they become your master?  Are your thoughts awe inspiring or impoverished and out of control?  Impoverished thinking includes regrets of the past, fears of future disasters, resentment, hate, blame, shame, guilt, shoulds and shouldn’ts, undirected daydreams, fantasies, and reveries, gossip, and needless mind chatter. 

The first step in unleashing the powers of your mind is to monitor your thinking for a day and see how much impoverished thinking you engage in.  In fact, it is best if you write down every one of your impoverished thoughts.  This includes lamenting your unfair life stories to others. The reason it’s important to write it down is because it makes you aware of how much impoverished thinking you do during the day.  You can only change that which you are aware of.

The second step is to have replacement thoughts that motivate, inspire, or create a sense of appreciation and gratitude for the people and things you cherish in life.  Mantras or affirmations are also good replacements.  I use, “Success comes to those who first conquer the powers of their mind.  I control my thoughts.  I control my destiny.”  Catalogue thoughts you would like to think under specific headings and be sure to write them down as well.

Finally, you need a tool to help you switch from negative, impoverished thinking to inspiring, positive thinking.  In the Remote Control for Stress Relief I shared such a tool.  Now let me show you how you can turn your cell phone, blackberry, or other communication device into a remote for changing your thought patterns.  Go to any office or school supply store and purchase those little round file folder tags.  They are quite inexpensive and come in assorted colors.  You will need a red one and a green one.  On the red circle write “STOP.” On the green dot, draw a dark black up arrow.  Place both dots on the back of your communication device.  You now have a remote control to change your thoughts.

When you become aware of impoverished, negative thinking, get out your communication device and press the red “STOP” button just as you would use the stop button on a video remote to stop or pause a movie.  Now push the green up button to remind you to start thinking positively or in an uplifting manner.  Recite your affirmation, mantra, or other phrase that inspires you to greatness.  Then bring your attention back to the task at hand.

This is not something that you do once or twice.  You must be tenacious until all your negative, impoverished thinking dissolves into oblivion.  Also, be gentle and patient with yourself if you forget.  It’s ok.  You can use the device when you remember. 

You have the potential to be everything you wanted to be as a child but gave up on because life got in the way.  I know you can do it.  I believe in your potential to reach incredible heights.  As Jim Volvano, late, former basketball coach at North Carolina State University who died of brain cancer said, “Don’t give up.  Don’t ever give up.”  If you are having trouble making your device or need help in changing your thinking give me a call at 336 347 7267 or email me at tonypiparo@yahoo.com.

3 Jan
2011

Success Comes to Those Who First Conquer The Powers of Their Mind

According to Julian, protagonist in The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari , “If you take care of your mind, if you nurture it and if you cultivate it just like a fertile rich garden, it will blossom far beyond your expectations.  But if you let weeds take root, lasting peace of mind and deep inner harmony will always elude you.”  Unfortunately, most of us are cultivating a weed garden.   In Eye of the I, Dr. David Hawkins suggests that for most of us the mind is a non-stop talking machine.  Thoughts appear out of nowhere unconsciously and many times unwanted.  All of this might seem quite innocent and normal; however, this mental morass makes it difficult to focus and concentrate for longer than a nanosecond.  According to David Kundtz, author of Quiet Mind:  One-minute Retreats from a Busy World, most people spend too much of their days staring at “The Mountain of Too Much”, so it’s easy to become overwhelmed.  He suggests that one of the results of this mountain is shorter and shorter attention spans, simply because we have less and less time to accomplish everything during our hectic days.

To live life to the fullest, we must stand guard and let only the very best information enter.  We truly cannot afford the luxury of a negative thought – not even one.  The most dynamic, contented and successful people – the ones who do more than just exist – the ones who fan the flames of human potential and truly savor the magical dance of life have adopted a positive paradigm about their world and all that’s in it.  They do not engage in impoverished, unconscious thinking.

Those of us who think the same thoughts every day, most of which are negative or unnecessary, have fallen into bad mental habits.  Rather than focusing on the positive or the task at hand, we are captives of our pasts.  We worry about failed relationships or financial problems.  Others fret over our less-than-perfect childhoods or fears of future catastrophe.  We block the enormous potential of our minds to work magic and deliver all we want emotionally, physically, and spiritually.  We have to realize the enormous power of our minds.  Even the best-conditioned thinkers only use about one-hundredth of their mental reserves.

How do we focus our mind on a single thought when it’s been running non-stop and out of control?  Why is the mind engaged in interminable frenetic activity?  Why does it dread even a moment of silence?  Psychologists suspect that thoughts emanate from instinctual drives and early programming rather than deliberate intention.  In fact, it takes considerable effort to push aside the nonsense swirling about to organize our thinking into a meaningful sequence of coherent thought.  At best, chaotic thoughts enter the mind randomly and without forethought.  Moments of clarity enter the mind just as spuriously only to be replaced with noise and insanity once again.

Even periods of intelligence seem to appear chaotically.  Like reveries, fantasies, and daydreams, the mind just randomly selects short periods of reality-focused, mental processing.  Intuitive leaps and epiphanies happen without warning, many times while we sleep.  Very seldom do we control the information that whizzes through our minds at hyper-speed.  And even if we do, it’s difficult to overcome the stream of incoherent thought that seems to be ever-present.  One thing is evident – the mind is totally unreliable.  Its performance is inconsistent at best.  It loses the car keys; forget birthdays and anniversaries, telephone numbers and appointments and where we parked the car.  But it doesn’t have to be that way.  Next posting I will share a simple process for harnessing the powers of your mind.  In fact, I have long used the phrase; “Success comes to those who first conquer the powers of their mind.”  Stay tuned to learn how.

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