Are you unhappy most of the time? Do you find that you can’t stick to a diet or fulfil a simple goal?
Don’y worry. You’re not alone. These fears and failures happen to everyone. Just don’t give in at the 1st instance of failure and give up!
Discipline and willpower are not something that anyone is born with. They are traits that can be developed over time with practice.
Nothing matters more than understanding yourself and directing your energies where they are needed most – to make you happy and fulfilled.
Gain some Understanding of the Mind
The mind is something of a vague concept that can be hard to comprehend. Even scientists disagree on the nature of the mind and matter. But you don’t need to understand everything. You just need to know enough to further yourself and understand how you actually operate, so you can get to where you need to be.
The mind, not to be confused with the brain, is a set of cognitive faculties including consciousness, imagination, perception, thinking, judgement, language and memory. It is usually defined as the faculty of an entity’s thoughts and consciousness. It holds the power of imagination, recognition, and appreciation, and is responsible for processing feelings and emotions, resulting in attitudes and actions.
There is a lengthy tradition in philosophy, religion, psychology, and cognitive science about what constitutes a mind and what are its distinguishing properties.
#1 – Read and Research
The best way to gain an understanding of the mind and of your personal inner psychology is to read and research. There are many amazing books that have been written on the art of psychology and persuasion. But it is also good to read a wide variety of literature, and you might consider reading some Buddhist or Zen material which describes the more esoteric nature of the mind. Additionally, there are some very interesting discoveries that have been made by scientific research about how the mind operates. By reading about the experience of others you can contrast them with your own thoughts and ideas. There are cultures with distinctly unique philosophies and ideas that are opposite to those in the West. Contrast is an excellent way to increase understanding and open-mindedness.
#2 – Meditation
Meditation is the art of observing your own thoughts. It is the quickest and most widely recognised way to understand your own mind.
Even if you are incredibly intelligent and successful, an ability to stand outside yourself is necessary in order for progress. Otherwise, the same habits and tendencies will simply keep repeating themselves. Outside of meditation, it is a good idea to become very strict about what you pay attention to. Do not consume words and images that are not pleasant to your mind. You will have to deal with them in meditation later.
#3 – Learn From Your Emotions
Much has been said about the power of the mind in terms of generating our reality. The missing link in what could be arguably described as a left-brained society is the focus on feelings. Our emotions are a response to whether we are happy or sad with our current environment, in a sophisticated real-time feedback system. Emotions have been brushed aside as illogical tendencies, which is a drastic mistake. If you feel bad, it is time to change your thoughts and your situation quickly. Over time, you will gain experience with regard to how intricate the emotional system really is and how it can serve to guide your thoughts.
How to Develop Mental Strength
Understanding that your thoughts determine your environment and that you can command your thoughts is the first step. But committing to a daily routine of developing mental and emotional strength is something else entirely. It takes discipline, character, and patience. The idea that we can just overnight manifest what we want is a little misguided. The fact is that you may have spent the last 30 or 40 years anti-manifesting.
Focusing on worry and stress, eating the wrong foods, in toxic relationships, with limiting beliefs that have been with you since childhood. These are not removed overnight. It can take years to
rid yourself of certain thoughts and ideas, and you have to be constantly vigilant about what you are thinking and what you are consuming.
Thankfully, there are many ways to increase your mental and emotional power. And it has never been easier to embark on a campaign of self-development than it is today with all of the resources at your disposal, especially with the internet and instant communications. We have all of the tools. We just need some willpower and determination.
One basic way to build mental strength is with an exercise routine. Write out your goals and objectives and see if you can stick with them. This might seem like very basic and fundamental advice. But both diet and exercise provide valuable insights into our behaviour and they are the two foundations that mental strength can be built upon. If you do not keep track of the fundamentals you will run into difficulties later on. Trying to become a master of the mind while staring at a TV all day and eating ice cream is just not realistic. Diet and exercise can be used to build a strong character and a healthy body and mind.
Diet is another place to start developing mental strength. I think we all understand that we will function better without caffeine, sugar, ice-cream, and other processed products. Yet many people cannot go a single week without these items which clearly disturb mental well-being. Try and see if you can go on a certain diet for a week. And when you don’t stick to it, try and examine why this is the case. You will begin to realise how affected you are by the environment, how just being in a shop or entering a restaurant can cause you to act instinctively and buy an item that you knew is unhealthy. In other words, your environment determines your behaviour.
For mental strength, try to manipulate the environment first. In this way, you will be taking away the opportunity to fail. Manipulating the environment for mental strength will mean that you make use of the concept of minimalism as much as possible. The less information and distractions you have in general, the clearer the mind will be. So clean your room and your office, even the files on your PC. This will have a positive impact on your mental well-being.
People who tend to hoard items find fresh mental energy when they let go of their many possessions and send them to the trash heap. Limit the time you spend on television and switch off your phone at night. Eliminating cable is also a good idea. Even things like making your bed in the morning and spending some time out in nature can really help to get the mind in order.
Another way of describing the concept of the universe being a product of mind is that ‘the outer reflects the inner’. We can easily tell the personality of an individual by the state of his or her bedroom. It can be obsessively neat and tidy or it can be much like a dump. Ideally, it could be neat and orderly with a few items thrown around here and there. Understanding the importance of
the environment is an important discovery. It means that we can change external objects and situations that will positively reflect on our internal state, and vice versa.
The Subconscious Mind
Our subconscious rules our behaviour. This is a scientific fact as well as a phenomenon documented by psychologists Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud. It has also been mentioned in ancient texts such as the Vedas and by spiritual scholars throughout the ages. We need to create strategies to reprogram our subconscious in ways that are more beneficial to our well-being. Our subconscious minds have picked up various tendencies from birth that are still with us today.
We are also under attack (literally) with advertising that bombards our senses nearly 24/7. This includes online, where we are spending most of our lives, as well as in the physical environment, where we see billboards and items for sale in shops. We need to be very careful about what we ingest mentally, physically, and emotionally. One of the best ways to reprogram our subconscious is by using affirmations.
Affirmations are an effective tool to program ourselves for personal and business success. Remember when affirming to use the present tense. “I am talented” or “I am rich” is better than “I will be talented” or “I am going to be rich”. Another point to keep in mind is that affirmations work best when the mind is in a receptive state. So affirmations should really be used first thing in the morning or late at night. Another time to repeat your affirmations is during meditation when they can really sink in without resistance.
Affirmations work but they have to be repeated over and over to really so our subconscious can really get the message loud and clear. For maximum results, they need to be stated (internally or out loud) during meditation or in the waking or nighttime hours. It should also be borne in mind that some people have incredibly deep convictions with regard to love, money, or sexuality.
At a fundamental level, an individual might not believe that they are unworthy of love or affection. In such instances, affirmations may not work and diet, self-examination, yoga and meditation might all be needed to really shake up the person’s mindset into a positive state.
Self Programming Strategies
There are other strategies you can use to program your mind.
Remember that the time you are just waking and the time that you are settling down to sleep are the best times for self-programming. Meditation is another key time. But you still need to utilise the rest of the day as much as possible to put yourself into a positive state of mind. If you have a desk job, then you are stuck on a computer for 8 hours a day. You might as well make the most of it. Listen to classical music for a couple of hours a day. Bin-aural beats and theta brainwave tracks are available on Youtube and on other sites.
Alternatively, record yourself saying empowering affirmations and listen to it for an hour. Subconsciously, the statements “I am rich”, “I am attractive”, “I am intelligent” are going to sink in and start to manifest in your everyday life.
The Law of Attraction
The law of attraction was first popularised in the 2006 movie “The Secret” by Esther and Jerry Hicks. It has had a huge impact on the mass consciousness, but there is still a large amount of confusion on its general application.
#1 – It’s About Vibration, Not Thoughts
The main idea behind the law of attraction is that people manifest their reality not through their thoughts but through their vibration. The universe will respond to the energy generated by a particular thought as opposed to the thought itself. So you need to first get yourself into a good mood somehow before you will be able to manifest the energy of what you really want. After a while, the vibration becomes the reward, and the material items just appear after the fact.
#2 – Letting Go of Resistance
The level of internal resistance people have to the things that they want is not understood. People can have certain problems or issues, and then they create an identity of themselves out of these problems. When something comes along that is at odds with our idea of ourselves as inferior in some way, we resist. This can be observed when people win the lottery and wind up homeless 10 years later. We have to be a vibrational match to a new reality and not be attached to our former convictions. Otherwise, nothing will change. Many people are resistant to the idea of the law of attraction and will refuse to believe existence could be so simple. They will then continue to struggle believing that it is just how life is.
#3 – Don’t Get Precise
It is important to understand the vibrational equivalent of what you want. You can have an image or a feeling about what you want that makes you feel good. But as you get more precise about how it is supposed to manifest, the universe has fewer ways that it can give it to you. There are millions of ways to get rich. But you can only possibly contemplate one or two methods which would involve years of work and labour. Consider that every successful person has vastly changed their business models. And they do so regularly. They might have a general idea about where they want to go, but they definitely innovate and change as these opportunities present themselves. So get happy and positive about the future, but don’t get too precise about how it will materialise.
There is so much more to cover here. Why don’t you download this free eBook? This guide can teach you how to overcome your fears and really rise to the heights of personal mastery over the mind. You will learn:
- To understand the mind and its tendencies better, meaning you will understand yourself better.
- Get a grip on your subconscious and how to program it for success.
- The proven techniques used to develop mental strength.
- To see the benefits of minimalism.
- To discover things about the Law of Attraction that you never heard before.
- Whether to use the Law of Attraction or Shadow Psychology to better yourself.
- How to use creativity and imagination to manifest a better life
- Alternative frameworks for viewing life and contrast them with your own perspective.
- How and when to use affirmations for maximum effectiveness.
- Creative wealth manifestation tricks that everybody should be doing, but few consistently apply.
- A list of mental resources for inspiration and further research.
- Why most people fail so you can succeed.
- Why travelling is a waste of time for most people as a self development practice.
- Observe the contrast between the Law of Attraction and Shadow Work and see why both have a place in modern society
- Becoming better at managing your time and resources
- Become non-reactive to events that happen “to” you.
- Develop concentration so you focus 100% on what you want to achieve.
- Why people need to be more selfish and why it’s a healthy trait to have.
- And much more!
There are a wide variety of ways to develop your mindset for greater success both personally and financially. A good place to get started would be diet, exercise, meditation, and affirmations. The above eBook will give you more insights that are the most straightforward and effective to get the mind under control in a very tangible way.
Once you have a solid grasp on these, you can consider immersion techniques and creative processes to really expand your awareness. Remember that developing a mindset will become a life long but thoroughly enjoyable experience. You just need to troubleshoot negative beliefs and emotional issues for a while before you can really expand.