It has been said that you and I tend to become what we think about most. If we believe this to be true doesn’t it stand to reason that we would do well to take an active role as to what we allow to become our most dominant thoughts?
Hopefully you would agree that we would all benefit greatly by choosing to recount the daily achievements we experience. No matter how small or insignificant you may view them at the moment each should be acknowledged — and framed in our mind as they are — successes. If we neglect to do so there’s a chance that we will end up focusing on the occurrences of our day that don’t help to build our own self-esteem.
There’s great personal power that comes from celebrating both our larger achievements as well as the small successes that we experience ongoing in our lives.
The reality is that you and I have the choice to allow ourselves to gravitate towards thinking about the negative things we have experienced, or we can choose to take a more pro-active approach where we make the choice to re-live in our mind the positive accomplishments of the day.
It really does get right down to making the choice to see things from a half full versus half empty mentality. Make the choice to see the positives and that’s exactly what you’ll notice more of.
At the end of each day just before heading to sleep take a moment to write down several successes from the day. Remember that they don’t have to be monumental to count as a success. Anything from meeting a new person to calling on a new client and just about anything in between qualifies as a worthy achievement.
After you have written down your daily list — read over what you’ve written and each time you do so close your eyes for a moment and try to experience the positive feelings associated with your given accomplishments.
By following this idea we can actually control what we choose to focus in on. While we don’t always have complete control over what happens to us, we do have the choice to focus our minds on (and thus give power to) those things that are most likely to get us on a positive path.
My hope is that the ideas shared above help you to better take control of your most dominant thoughts. Always remember that if one person can succeed in a given endeavor then so can you and I.
— Here’s to your success, Josh Hinds
* Josh Hinds is the author of Why Perfect Timing is a Myth: Tips for Staying Inspired and Motivated Day in and Day out! and It’s Your Life, LIVE BIG!