Your mind has a lot to cope with, no wonder it can lead you off course.
Yes we can exercise some control over our minds
Your brain is never inactive, your mind never still. During our waking hours, your mind will tend to wander and you will be thinking about hundreds of unrelated things throughout the day, many of which will have no bearing on your future.
Yes, it happens to all of us, However, some people are able to exercise a degree of control and at least limit the ‘ mind traffic’. Here are some suggestions you might like to try to improve the control you have over your mind.
Understand the most productive parts of your day
There are always high and low productive times in our day and you need to take advantage of them. Are you a morning or an afternoon or evening person. If you are an evening person it doesn’t make sense to work on you most important activities or projects first thing in the morning.
Understand your low periods of the day. This is when you address the routine issues of the day, emails, phone calls, etc. It doesn’t make much sense attending to emails in the most productive part of your day.
Wake up an hour earlier to set your day well
It is often said that the first hour of the morning is the time that determines your performance for the rest of the day. How you start each day is likely how you end it.
If you roll over for ten more minutes after your alarm goes off, watch TV while having breakfast, and then struggle to get to work on time, these are all habits that ruin your day before it even starts.
Bad habits can rob you of your energy, enthusiasm, and self-discipline, leading to nothing more than just another average day of struggles and disappointments. Try waking up just one hour earlier, even take a walk and watch the sunrise you will soon see and feel a far better approach to your day.
If you wake up early, do some exercise, have a leisurely and nutritious breakfast. While everyone else is still sleeping or at least half asleep, you are up, rocking the day and becoming a better you.
Healthy person equals a healthy business
Start with a good breakfast and keep eating healthy foods to provide the energy you and your mind needs. Having no time is no excuse for refuelling on junk food. Put yourself into a regular exercise program and make sure you always have plenty of sleep.
If you are continually working in excess of 50 hours a week, you are either inefficient or need help. Your health will gradually deteriorate because it will not have time to deal with all the stressors in your life. Have a regular checkup with you health professionals.
“You are only destined to become one person each lifetime you have, so use your mind to help you determine the the person you decide you want to become”. Peter Sergeant.
Create a more flexible work environment
Think of the countless hours most people spend commuting to and from work each week. You have two choices:
- Create more flexible working arrangements where you can work when you are most productive and you can do your work in and environment that suits you.
- Instead of listening to the radio, why not increase your skills by listening to audiotapes? Simply by doing this, you increase your knowledge about all manner of things and new knowledge can put another spring in your step.
Have a clear direction for your future
With a clear purpose, vision and objectives you will be focusing your mind on the things that are important to you. Having these things clear in you mind will help it to work on activities and opportunities that are in alignment with them.
There are few things as powerful in becoming focused on and enthusiastic about your purpose and vision for your life. Giving your mind time to relax, think and reflect on them each day will supercharge your efforts.
Far too many people go through life, without any idea on why they are actually doing what they are doing. They are like a ship without a rudder, drifting aimlessly through life.
Plan your day in advance before you get caught up in your day-to-day work. If you want to accomplish your goals, it is absolutely essential that you focus on those tasks that will create the most value and that can only be done by you. Delegate or outsource the rest, your mind has enough work to do.
Anytime you interrupt your mind by doing unrelated things, you lose enormous amounts of time. To avoid this, start the task you deemed most important and focus your mind on it until it is completed finished.
How will you know if your mind is on the right track?
Tracking your progress raises your awareness of just how well your mind is actually working for you. The easiest way to make sure you are on the right track is to measure your progress. What gets measured gets done.
How many miles are you running? How many products are you selling? How many hours do you spend working on yourself? Only when you see in black and white, or on a dashboard that you able to track your progress and improve your performance.
If your goal was to walk 10 kilometres this week or to make 40 sales, but the numbers don´t add up, you know there is something wrong. Now you have two choices. Admit to yourself that you are not doing what it takes to succeed and recommit or throw in the towel and quit. The choice should be obvious.
After each day, ask yourself these two questions:
- What did I do right today?
- And what can I do better tomorrow?
You have a train of thought on which you ride when you are alone and quietly thinking. The self-worth you feel, as well as the happiness your life brings, depends upon the direction in which this train is moving, the baggage it carries and the emotional space through which it travels.
Between life’s stimulus and your reaction is where this space exists. Within the space is your power to choose how you react, and in your reaction lies your performance, freedom and success in your life.
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Thinking better takes guidance and practice. I have found that the more I try to visualise and use my imagination the more ideas and opportunities I see. They say practice makes perfect and your mind can learn fast. It can learn good habits, just as well as it can learn bad habits.
Some people will find it more difficult to visualise or imagine a better outcome. But by using an advisor to ask you a series of questions while you have your eyes shut, surprises will be forthcoming.
Anything you want comes at a cost of energy, pain, effort, and time. Focusing your mind and commit to paying this price every day, and you will find yourself seeking out new challenges and following through rather than giving up to a life of medocrity. Things that determine your success or failure must never be at the mercy of things that barely make a difference.