Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Creating What You Want Instead of What You Don't Want

By Julie Marie Rahm

As America's Mindset Mechanic, I talk about the metaphorical tools we all need in our toolbelts. When we have the tools ready we can instantly give ourselves a "mindset tune-up" when we need one.

How do you know when you need a mindset tune-up? You use your metaphorical "level". Your "level" is the most important tool, because it indicates when you are creating what you do not want. You are always creating. It is impossible to stop! When you are feeling anything negative, however, you are creating what you do not want. The reason that is true is because what you focus on grows. If you think about what you do not want you get more of what you do not want.

So, when your "level" is other than level, it's time for a tune-up. For instance, when you start feeling frustrated or impatient, your level dips down to one side. If your feelings become more negative, your level continues to dip. The moment you sense the dip, pause and notice the thought you were thinking. Then, simply think a better thought - any thought - as long as you believe it. The thought can be a different perspective on your previous thought, or you can switch subjects completely. The important thing is to stop thinking the thought that caused your "level" to dip.
Conversely, when you start feeling over-the-top excited, your level dips down to the other side. You may be thinking, "Isn't it good to be positive?". The answer is yes, unless you get caught up emotionally in something that may not serve you well. And, being overly excited can make you scary to others!
So remaining steady at either neutral or toward the positive keeps you creating in the direction you want to go. Write a list of 20 things you love that you can call on any time you need a better thought. The quicker you can redirect your thoughts to serve you (what I call developing your mind muscle), the more you will live the life you truly want and the happier you will be!

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