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©Brain2020.com Table of Contents Introduction ...................................................................................................6 Power Of The Mind........................................................................................7 2.1 Understanding The Potential Of The Mind...........................................7 2.2 Being Aware Of What You Can Achieve................................................8 Conditioning Your Mind For Success............................................................13 3.1 Avoiding Self‐Sabotage.......................................................................13 3.2 Accepting The Circumstances.............................................................16 3.3 Believing In Yourself ...........................................................................21 3.4 Staying Positive...................................................................................26 3.5 Relaxation Exercises To Stay In Control..............................................31 3.6 Seeking Support..................................................................................38 Setting Goals ................................................................................................46 4.1 What Are Goals?.................................................................................46 4.2 Planning Your Goals............................................................................49 4.3 Sticking To Your Values.......................................................................57 The Law Of Attraction ..................................................................................59 5.1 Increasing Your Wealth ......................................................................60 Conclusion....................................................................................................66 3
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Chapter 1 ©Brain2020.com Introduction I am sure that there are many things in life that you wished you could have achieved but never did. Whether it is in your job, your personal relationships or the way you lead your life, you are not able to get what you want or the ending that you desire all the time. Most, if not all people that you come across will tell you that this is the sad fact of life that you have to settle for. These people however, are wrong most of the times. In fact, the situation that you are in can be improved and enhanced using the various techniques discussed in this Ebook. You are the controller of your life and you possess the ability to change the way it is. In fact, you have the power within you to make your life a successful one. Most people today are unaware of the powers that their minds have, so effectively utilizing them puts you ahead of your peers and makes you more successful than what you were previously. Yes, this IS reality. It is time for you to create the life that you desire using the power that lies within your mind. Expand your mental capacity to achieve the success you deserve today. Learn how to do it well and achieve the impossible easily with these mental techniques. All The Best! 6
Chapter ©Brain2020.com 2 Power Of The Mind The way you lead your life and the choices you make depend on the way your mind processes information and thoughts. In fact, everything on earth started from thoughts and ideas, and then later developed into actions and products. Your mind has an amazing ability to turn thoughts into reality, if you know how and what you should do to achieve the success that you desire. You may be doubtful of this now, but bear in mind that there are many things in life that people take for granted and neglect to do when trying to reach for their goals. If you are ready and able to fuse all of these techniques together, succeeding in life with a greater mental ability would prove to be much easier. 2.1 Understanding The Potential Of The Mind Both you and I were born with an amazing gift‐ The Human Mind. The mind is the main control system of our entire body, helping us achieve things that we would never have, if not for its ability to handle complex and tricky functions alongside everything else. Studies have shown that the human brain is proficient enough to process up to 30 billion bits of information per second, with 6000 miles worth of cabling and wiring. Neurons present in the brain helps to transmit information from the body’s surroundings to the brain so as to determine the type of action one should take in response to a situation. These small yet powerful neurons work separately from one 7
©Brain2020.com another, transmitting information from cell to cell within the nervous system. In other words, they affect the actions we take and the choices we make. You may be surprised to know that computers we possess today are not able to work at speeds and complexity as advanced as the human brain is. Even the most expensive and speediest of all computers is not able to process as much information or generate as many linkages as the average human mind is able to at one time. This goes to show the capabilities of the average human mind, and how all talk about computers surpassing the human ability are but invalid and baseless claims. It is evident that with our ability to work at such speeds and complexity, our superior existence makes us competent individuals who should be able to stay in control of our lives. With the potential that you have, turning your desired thoughts into reality can be easily attained if you know how. 2.2 Being Aware Of What You Can Achieve By now, you should be convinced of your ability to achieve greater things in life. Being aware of your potential and how much you can actually achieve is the stepping stone towards attaining success in life. Also, creating a trusting relationship with yourself is what you need to ensure next to get your goals. Your thirst for success stems from your interest and desire to achieve your ultimate goal. This results in your mind working on the subconscious plane to bring into the field 8
©Brain2020.com of consciousness many ideas of value and importance. It is exactly these interests and desire that will motivate and spur you on to achieve your goals on the conscious level. This makes getting your subconscious mind fed with positive information crucial, if you wish to have your conscious self succeeding in tasks at hand. As such, feeding your conscious mind new techniques so that your subconscious is able to display similar positive actions automatically in the future is necessary in ensuring a more positive behavior on the conscious level. Your conscious mind helps you stay aware of your surroundings and facilitates your entire experience as a human. The information received from the conscious mind is transmitted to the subconscious, which then processes emotions and thoughts in response to that given situation. Response from the subconscious will then be reflected to the conscious mind, guiding the way your mind thinks and how your body works. This emphasizes the importance of ensuring that your subconscious mind is trained to think rationally and optimistically. There are several mental exercises that you can execute to help your mind gain awareness of yourself while training to perform positively. 9
©Brain2020.com Knowing Your Mind It is important to know how your mind functions and reacts to new information and situations. Understanding the way it works puts you in a better position to find new approaches to maximize the use of your mind. Begin by finding a quiet place where you can sit and think to yourself. Close your eyes and think of something new. As this idea comes to you, recognize that it is your mind reacting in a particular way to new ideas and thoughts. Depending on how it comes to your mind, it reflects how it processes thoughts and perceives things. So, ideas you get could be in the form of images or sounds. In this case, you can develop more balance in the way your mind works by perceiving them in other ways. For instance, if ideas are usually in the form of visuals, you may wish to enhance your ability to capture audio sounds that you may have missed previously by giving more attention to your auditory sensors. Repeat this exercise over several times to test for your mind’s actual inclination towards new ideas. This basic exercise helps you identify the way your mind works and teaches you how to achieve a fine balance between what you have and what you do not. In this exercise, consciously suggest new ways to let your mind function better and more efficiently. Suggestions made to the subconscious helps to generate a more positive outcome on the conscious level in the future. 10
©Brain2020.com Affirming Your Current Life You are what you are and where you are because of the countless choices that you have made during this life time. Each choice has an influence, however slight, upon your path in life. Understand that every choice you make has an end result, thus, it is you who place yourself in a position to either become successful in life or not. To enhance comprehension of your current life and of how your mental abilities are able to facilitate the way you achieve success today, start by taking inventory of all that you have. You are where you are right now because of the choices you have already made, so taking at look at the past helps you understand the true impact that choices you have made have on your life. You should take inventory of everything you have and everything you have done that has any significance. These things happened because of a series of choices that were made for you as a child and by you as you matured. Next, ask yourself a question: What do you really want out of life? Reflecting on that question can save you an enormous amount of time and heartache. Many people pursue goals that are set or influenced by someone else, but pursuing those goals that are not yours, it does not necessarily produce maximum satisfaction or significant accomplishments for you. The beginning point for the momentous undertaking of figuring out what you want from life is a note pad, a quiet spot, and time to ponder the question at length. Think along the lines of "If I were absolutely certain that I would not fail, and if I had all the 11
©Brain2020.com resources necessary to get there, what would I really want to be, have, or do?" Let your imagination run wild, and permit no judgment to follow the impulses that you put on that piece of paper. Do not use money as your yardstick, but do not eliminate it as a desirable goal. Money is frequently the result of performance and service, but making money your prime goal influences other choices to a large degree. This exercise aims to help you identify what you want in your life and how much of it you already have. By being fully aware of what you want and how you can achieve your goals, you are a step closer to achieving success. This effectively helps to reprogram your mind, setting it in the right direction to reach your aims. 12
Chapter ©Brain2020.com 3 Conditioning Your Mind For Success One of the most fundamental steps in achieving success is having the right mind frame. You need to be able to accept things that are taking place, access the situation quickly and evaluate what your next move should be. Conditioning your mind for success is therefore critical in ensuring that you are in the right mental state and direction when working towards your goals. 3.1 Avoiding SelfSabotage What many fail to realize is that they are constantly engaged in self‐sabotage when they have lose confidence in their own abilities. Instead, they allow past or current experiences govern the way they lead their lives in the future, whether good or bad. Without a doubt, all of us would have suffered the ups and downs of life, and have correspondingly developed strengths and weaknesses out of these experiences. Thus, it is important that you do not let failures in your life take control of you or make you think it is who you are. Self‐sabotaging behaviors prevent you from conditioning yourself for success. Changing those long, established behavior patterns like self‐sabotage is as difficult as recognizing and understanding them. 13
©Brain2020.com How, then, can you eliminate sabotaging beliefs and emotions? First, understand and accept yourself before attempting to understand and accept others. You have to take a journey within for personal evaluation. This means looking inside yourself and listening to your inner dialogue or self‐talk. Remain open minded to what you see and hear when understanding your beliefs. This is essential when making constructive changes in your behaviors. Deciding how far and deep you want to go before introspection is your decision. However, you can take your life to a new level when you discover empowering insights to eliminate damaging self‐talk and undermining behaviors. Letting go of self‐sabotaging behaviors that stop you from making changes in your life takes courage and personal commitment. This means overcoming resistances and sabotaging behaviors that have prevented you from experiencing an optimistic attitude. No matter what obstacles you face, developing an optimistic attitude, and changing unrewarding behaviors and beliefs, will awaken you to eliminate self‐sabotaging behaviors. 14
©Brain2020.com There are several courses of actions that you can take to become aware of and overcome your sabotaging beliefs and self‐defeating emotions: 1. Recognize that you are at the crossroads where your decisions and choices are yours and yours alone. 2. Realize that you are the one making the conscious decision to change your damaging self talk and undermining beliefs and behaviors. No one else can do it for you. 3. Change "I can't" or "I won't" to "I Can, I Will" on a consistent basis. Pay attention to the emotional changes going on within you. Be prepared to physically describe your changes and write them down. Repeat the process of writing down your changing feelings and behaviors and compare your notes every day. Measure your progress by the visible reoccurrences of positive self‐talk and healthy behaviors. Recognize that continual negative self‐talk will create resentments and disempowering beliefs. Self‐resentment is the seed that grows into self‐sabotaging behaviors, and it is what you need to avoid. 4. Plant the seeds that produce positive, empowering beliefs and actions instead. Ask yourself, "Are my actions linked to pleasure‐producing situations or to pain‐producing situations?'' Take the road that gives you pleasure, not grief. The personal growth experienced from facing a fearful or painful event, or adversity, is important for self‐ improvement. However, do not make a steady diet of it. You can grow and change by cultivating positive emotions such as joy, excitement, and happiness. Eliminating self‐sabotaging behaviors and adopting a more positive mind frame, enhances the confidence that you have for yourself. It also builds a stronger and wider foundation for you when developing your journey to success. This is so as having a 15
©Brain2020.com greater belief in yourself better prepares you for the future. Therefore, you need to recognize this fact and empower yourself with more positive thoughts and emotions. 3.2 Accepting The Circumstances Accepting your current circumstances is an important indication that you are at peace with yourself. The things that you have gone through and the experiences that have made you who you are need to be recognized and accepted by you fully. When an individual has an attitude of partial approval or partial acceptance of himself, an attitude of conditional acceptance develops. Statements such as, "I'll accept myself when..." This could create hurt, anger, fear, and distrust within the individual. When you attach unreasonable conditions, your opportunities for accomplishment and enjoyment will naturally diminish if you are not able to meet the demands set out. As such, an attitude of conditional acceptance creates resistance to a healthy personal development for you. Settling for being partially accepted as a person is not enough because it does not provide enough emotional and physical nourishment. Conditional acceptance hinders your self‐respect and creates resistance toward growth and change. Start accepting and confirming yourself as a total person ‐ physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Start behaving and believing that you are unique, a "crown of creation." When you expect more of yourself you will get more. When you communicate through a negative self‐image, your message lacks confidence and determination. Conditional acceptance breeds mistrust, fear, and rejection by 16
©Brain2020.com yourself and others around. This condition also creates damaging self‐talk, decreasing self esteem and producing non harmonious relationships. Overcoming resistance is difficult when one is discouraged and de‐motivated. Taking risks is not a high priority for the person who experiences conditional acceptance. When the person is disheartened and discouraged they may say, “Why trouble myself with anything? With my luck I was bound to fail. I'm not getting anywhere." These statements are signs of frustration and hopelessness. Conditional acceptance creates discouragement and resistance toward change and growth. Unconditional acceptance creates encouragement, warmth, and understanding in relationships. Resistance to growth is eliminated when one is feels unconditionally accepted by him and others. However, you may wonder, “Isn’t accepting things easy? Isn’t it only natural to accept when good things come to you?” Ideally, it is supposed to be easy and very natural. Unfortunately, this is not always true. Some people actually find it hard to accept good things in life as they are experiencing negative emotions that block the flow of good things to them. When people experience low self‐esteem, resentment, fear or guilt, it is difficult for them to receive from others around them. 17
©Brain2020.com Some people have been used to living in lack and hardships. This may result in them having a characteristic of poor self‐image or lack of self‐esteem, consciously or unconsciously. In other words, they do not feel that they deserve to experience any good things in life. Worse, some may actually sabotage their own dreams – usually unconsciously. This may mean that they could already close to their goals, when they suddenly do something that will take them further away from it. Such feelings of unworthiness usually spring from childhood or may come in the form of trauma from a single event or repeated events, at home or at school. The trauma may have a lasting impact on thought patterns, self‐image and behavior even in adulthood. To check if you are capable of accepting yourself and the outcome of your desired goals, you can carry out the following exercises. 1. Ask yourself: “Am I willing to receive this fully?” Are you in a light, happy mood whenever you think about your goal, visualize it, and imagine its outcome? Or do you get knots in your stomach, however fleeting? Do you sometimes feel, even briefly, that you do not deserve the outcome when you visualize it? Do you feel guilt in anyway? If you do find that a part of you feels that you do not deserve the outcome of your goal, honestly ask yourself why. If this triggers a painful childhood memory, then you should allow that memory and feelings enter you. Avoid fighting it and instead allow yourself to 18
©Brain2020.com feel the emotions that accompany them. Should you feel that you need help sorting out your feelings and memories in order to heal your past, you could seek help and support from a friend or professional counselor. As you remember that memory, you can close your eyes and acknowledge it in your mind. Address it and say “You have hurt me before and I have carried you for a long time. But I will leave you now. You no longer have any power over me.” Imagine walking away, feeling lighter and lighter with each step. 2. To heal your past, you can carry out the “Unloading Exercise.” Close your eyes and imagine that you are carrying several heavy bags and loads of many kinds. Assign each bag or load to represent a painful memory in your past. Now put the bags down, one by one, and feel yourself getting lighter and lighter. After putting all your bags down, walk away. Now, to replace all the negative feelings associated with these painful memories with positive ones that boost your self‐image, make affirmations about your worth every day, ideally upon waking up and before going to bed. Examples are: “I am a unique, wonderful human being.” “I do not need to please everyone. I love myself and the people who matter love me.” 19
©Brain2020.com “I deserve the best in life.” “I have a lot to contribute and people acknowledge it.” “I accept all the good things in life that come to me.” 3. You can reinforce these positive feelings with a self‐appreciation exercise. Close your eyes, take deep breaths until you fully relax then picture a person close to you talking to you and telling everything they like about you. Even if you feel embarrassed, try to call to mind truthfully what this person would say to you. After they are finished, reverse roles. Assume the identity of the other person, and while you are telling yourself what you appreciate, feel the feelings of warmth and appreciation this person close to you has while talking to you. See yourself through their eyes. Notice how you feel. Even though you may have suffered for years from poor self‐worth, rest assured that continuous daily affirmations and regular appreciation exercises can counterbalance all those. Each time you catch yourself thinking badly of yourself, say the opposite (e.g. I am not good enough to I am more than good enough!). You can also recite one of your daily affirmations. As you build up your self‐image, you are also building up your mind power to make your dreams come true. Rid yourself of all negative feelings that weigh you down and fill yourself up with positive ones. With this new disposition, you can fully accept all the good that will come 20
©Brain2020.com to you. This will also enable you to create more goodness in your life for the years to come. 3.3 Believing In Yourself Believing in your ability to succeed is closely related to how well you will achieve your goals. By surrounding yourself with positive thoughts and a winning attitude, you put yourself in a better position to accomplish what you want. We all have dreams and thoughts of what we want to achieve. To enable them to materialize, you need to be able to trust your ability to do so, believe in your mind’s capabilities and what the world can offer you. You were born with the ability to turn thoughts into reality, depending on your actions and motivations. Acknowledging the fact that what you want will eventually be yours may be difficult to grasp at first, but the power of the mind is actually a very natural process that many take for granted. Harnessing its power to your advantage will definitely benefit you in the long run. It is true that you need to set a goal, focus passionately on it, visualize and believe it will happen and nothing can go wrong. Belief is essential, as no matter how focused you are and how clear your visualization is, any kind of doubt can seriously prevent your goal 21
©Brain2020.com from materializing. Having doubt blocks your power and the manifestation of your goals. Worse, if you put your energy into visualizing the opposite of what you want, then it will most likely happen. Statements expressing doubt such as, “That’s impossible!”, “That has never been done before!” and “How can you go beyond that?” prevents you from living the life that you want and deserve. On the other hand, if you believe in the power of your mind, nothing is impossible. In fact, it is the people who refused to accept these statements who did the impossible. A quick glance at those who have achieved great success in the today’s world would show that all of them hold the common belief of trusting and having faith in their own abilities. It is precisely these characteristics that you need to adopt to achieve a similar level of success in your life. To help you create a mindset of belief, you can use the following affirmations daily. Repeat to yourself everyday, “Anything is possible”, “There is always a way” and “Everything I want is now slowly materializing.” These affirmations will generally help you assume a more open and believing attitude. Meanwhile, to ensure that your specific goals materialize, make specific affirmations after your visualization. You can say things like, “I believe this is now materializing,” and 22
©Brain2020.com try to feel the feeling associated with that belief. It is important to do so as not believing in yourself considerably diminishes the power or energy, of your goals. If you find yourself expressing apprehension in your own ability to achieve a goal, recall the belief that you have in yourself. Recognize the fact that anything is possible through the mind. If you believe this, why should you not believe in yourself? It is important to realize that the only limits you have are the limits you set for yourself. Other than that, you are an influential human being with powerful, unlimited potential. When feeling a tinge of self doubt, repeat the following affirmations to yourself: “I have a special, amazing power to make my dreams come true.” “I can do anything through mind power.” “I can accomplish anything I want right now.” Yes, anything is indeed possible with the power of your mind and your entire self. Creating empowering beliefs and behaviors enhances the way you view yourself, encouraging you to take more positive action in the future. As you become more self‐ determined, you will feel more motivated to contribute to the welfare of others as well. Your successful self‐image consists of healthy feelings and behaviors needed to achieve your desires. Having empowering beliefs and actions will keep you on the road to 23
©Brain2020.com continual self improvement. When you believe in yourself, you will feel capable of encouraging yourself and others, professionally and personally. Possessing a high level of self esteem and a positive self‐image will help you overcome problems that may otherwise overwhelm you. Belief in yourself will ultimately result in having others believe in you. When you have a direction, and know where you are going, you will increase your ability to perform a particular task. Also, when you have social and emotional support from others, you will feel more hopeful and experience less stress. You will find that you have an amazing ability to cope with the damaging effects of negative or condemning statements from others. Hope and self‐esteem are the medicine that transforms a negative self image into a positive one. There are several exercises you can practice periodically to build confidence and empower yourself to have more belief in your abilities. 1. Identify your strengths and accomplishments. Take a piece of paper and draw up a table describing the strengths and accomplishments that you have or have made over the years. Be honest and list down the things you have done that you are proud of. State where and how these situations have become a significant part of your life. Then, recall how hard you have worked and how much effort you have invested to get to where you 24
©Brain2020.com are today. Running down the list, realize that not everyone has the same opportunity and ability to do what you have done. 2. Close your eyes and try to feel more positively of the circumstances that you are in, your mental abilities and your strengths. Tell yourself how proud you are of all that you have achieved and how these strengths can be further utilized in other situations to help you achieve success in the future. Realize that after having achieved success in the past, doing the same in the future would definitely possible and attainable. Visualize yourself having achieved the success you desire and the ending you want to enable yourself to feel more confident of your abilities. Having felt the feeling of success and seeing yourself satisfied with what you have then, gives you more power and motivation to respond to that mental image in reality. This means that your conscious self will behave in response to that feeling which reinforces your confidence and belief that you have for yourself. Empowering yourself with positive thoughts and developing a greater belief in yourself will help set your mind in the right direction when conditioning yourself for success. Remember, if you believe strongly in yourself, those thoughts will eventually turn into reality with the power of your mind. This is because your subconscious will correspondingly act to reflect the stronger and better person that you are. 25
©Brain2020.com 3.4 Staying Positive Your journey toward success will flow more smoothly if you ride the "right" attitude all the way to the top. Statements like "I think I can" beats "I can't" every time. An optimistic outlook on life helps you to achieve goals in record time and enhances the way you make friends and lifelong business associates along the way. This is because everyone enjoys being around someone who is a solution‐finder and one who looks for the good instead of the bad in everything. The way we view ourselves and our outlook on life is usually based on the various experiences that have impacted us. They affect our judgment on issues and we develop responses to them that gradually become a part of who we are. We therefore progressively adapt and conform to certain behaviors, reinforcing them, whether or not they positively affect our attitudes. For instance, if you were repeatedly praised as a bright child, you began to believe that you were one. Your young mind worked overtime, coming up with new ways to show how bright you were, and to elicit further praise. This is the way beliefs are formed and assimilated. As adults, however, we have the power to originate beliefs of our own choice. We can replace negative, limiting beliefs about ourselves with freshly chosen alternatives. Our minds have the ability to get rid of beliefs that do not support us. In fact, to live our 26
©Brain2020.com dream fully, a new belief system that enables us to be our best is a necessity. Our old beliefs have gotten us this far, and we need new ones to take us further into our dreams. A winning attitude often takes work to develop. An important part of this work involves forming positive statements about yourself to replace old, negative and self‐defeating thoughts. To adopt new and positive thoughts, we need to systematically choose affirming statements, and consciously live in them, believing in what they represent. They will become increasingly true, until we are certain that they describe who we are. You can begin by taking a closer look at the way affirmations are formed. An affirmation is a firm, positive sentence designed to convey a message from your conscious mind to your subconscious. It asserts something that you know is true, even though it may not have manifested in your life yet. When the subconscious mind receives this message, it goes to work on a subconscious level to align with it and bring it about. An effective affirmation must always be in first person (I), the present tense, and must be stated positively. So instead of, "I will not catch a cold and be sick tomorrow", which focuses your mind on the idea of sickness, you should instead tell yourself, "I am radiantly healthy now. My body feels wonderful! I see myself performing beautifully in my dance recital." Now, you have replaced the negative thought with a positive and more colorful image. As the mind can only hold one thought at a time, the thought of 27
©Brain2020.com sickness is removed, and your subconscious mind has grabbed hold of the healthy idea, swinging into action by creating better health for you. When you begin to discover situations that raise your self‐worth and self‐confidence, take advantage of those situations. Instead of saying to yourself, "What does it really matter," believe that you have control of changing your life and say, "I'm going for it," "I feel so optimistic that every situation is an exciting challenge," "I'm unstoppable." Change your negative vocabulary and self‐talk into positive vocabulary and self‐talk on a continual basis. Identifying statements that create negative emotions, for example anxiety, fear, and insecurity and statements that create positive emotions, for example excitement, joy, and challenge, affords you the opportunity to change your statements to create positive emotional and mental states. Ultimately, this will change how you act towards yourself and others. You ought to get involved in healthy and optimistic situations that generate positive outcomes and help you overcome your fears. Fears are inner barriers, or roadblocks, that can be removed by changing negative thoughts into positive ones to create positive action. For example, when you fear failure, your motivation is to avoid failure rather than to achieve or seek success. You can fear your best as well as your worst. These barriers will also prevent you from exerting yourself, not because you cannot perform, but because you fear that you are not able to perform well. 28
©Brain2020.com As such, it is critical that you constantly engage in positive self talk to develop a positive attitude within you. There are various motivating affirmations that you can use everyday. Repeat the following statements to yourself every morning to get your day and week off to a great start: 1. “I clearly understand that failure is an event, not a person; that yesterday really did end last night; and that success isn't final and failure isn't fatal because I only fail if I quit.” 2. “I have the courage to admit a mistake and to say that I was wrong. I have the courage to ask for help and the courage to say "I don't know." I have the courage to continually strive to be the person that I am capable of becoming.” 3. “I have vision in my life, which means that I see not only with my eyes but also with my heart.” 4. “I am successful because I believe that to be truly educated, I must be mentored ‐ either in business or in my personal life, by reading or by association ‐ by superior minds with greater skills and mature spirits.” 29
©Brain2020.com 5. “I discipline myself to do the things that I need to do when I need to do them, because I know that doing them will enable me someday to do the things I want to do when I want to do them.” 6. “I clearly understand that if I develop yearning power and apply learning power, I will increase my earning power.” 7. “I am successful because I don't confuse activity with accomplishment. I know that I can't make it in life as a wandering generality, so I am a meaningful specific.” 8. “I am like an eraser. I recognize my mistakes, I learn from my mistakes, and then I erase those mistakes from my memory.” 9. “I move forward in my life every day, even if it's only a tiny step, because I know that great things are accomplished with tiny moves, but nothing is accomplished by standing still.” 10. “Today I will seriously look for the good in every situation and find something about which to praise every person who works with me. Today I will be friendly to the people I work with and will treat them as though they were completely responsible for my career. Today I will express gratitude for the career that I have and the society of which I 30
©Brain2020.com am a part, and specifically for my family and friends. I will also express gratitude for the fact that my career is rewarding in ways that go far beyond financial remuneration.” The practice of engaging in affirmations allows you to replace stale, worn out, or negative mind chatter with more positive ideas and concepts. It is a powerful technique, one which can in a short time transform many of our attitudes and expectations about life, thereby changing what we create for ourselves. Affirmations can be done silently, spoken aloud, written down, or even sung or chanted. Even ten minutes a day of repeating effective affirmations can counterbalance years of old bad mental habits. If you are aware that you are repeating habitual negative thought patterns or attitudes, then try saying an affirmation to yourself a few times right then and there. Therefore, it is evident that empowering your mind with positive thoughts translates to having a winning attitude that is necessary in facilitating your journey to success. 3.5 Relaxation Exercises To Stay In Control When conditioning your mind for success, do not forget to include relaxation exercises in your daily routine. Doing so helps to keep your mind in optimum working order, ready to receive what the world has to offer you and the opportunity for you to take time off to evaluate and visualize what you actually want. 31
©Brain2020.com These relaxation exercises will also help to ease the stress and tension that you are facing in your everyday life, as they could hinder your mind’s ability to achieve its fullest potential. Begin by conducting some short exercises to calm your mind and body. 1. Sit back and relax in a quiet room. Close your eyes and listen to yourself breathe. Feel yourself taking each breath slowly one at a time. Take deep breaths and start counting from 1 to 10, and repeat this process over several intervals until you feel relaxed. Doing so also allows you to shift all focus to your breathing. In this exercise, remind yourself that you are feeling calm and at ease with yourself and the things that are happening around you. 2. Close your eyes and let your body relax. Feel each muscle losing its tension from your head to your toes. Adjust your position if necessary to feel your muscles relax completely. Tell yourself that you are feeling calm and in control of everything. Enjoy the experience of being relaxed with nothing to worry about. Repeat this process over several intervals until you are convinced that you are in good mental state to take on what the world has for you. Feeling comfortable about yourself and your life is essential in helping you develop the confidence you need on your way to success. 32
©Brain2020.com 3. When stressed or feeling out of control of the situation that you are in, take a short break to get yourself back on track and focused. Close your eyes and imagine that you are by the sea, enjoying the breeze and sounds of the waves. Take deep breathes, relax and tell yourself that you are calm. You may wish to let out soft and gentle sounds at the same time, allowing them to clear your mind of all your frustrations. As you gradually feel more and more relaxed, leave everything behind and open your eyes. Transmit this positive energy to the things that you are doing and influence your actions and behaviors. Conducting these 3 simple exercises one at a time will help you regain and establish control of yourself. Recognizing the fact that you are in total control of your mind and body, tells your subconscious and conscious mind that you are ready and open to accept what the future has install for you. Doing so prepares your mind to face the challenges that lie ahead, helping you overcome any mental barriers that could possibly hinder your journey to success. However, if these exercises have little or no effect on you, or you are simply too pressed for time, consider trying out these similar exercises which promise effective results. Other than helping you relax, these exercises also help you gain control of your life as you map the journey to your goals mentally. 33
©Brain2020.com 4. Get into a comfortable sitting position, close your eyes and breathe deeply. Imagine that you are in a comfortable place relaxing with your eyes closed. It could be your favorite beach or the cinema that is playing your favorite movie. Focus on each muscle of your body and let each relax one by one. Keep breathing deeply until you feel that you are fully relaxed. A relaxed mind and body will allow you to focus more on your thoughts, in this case, enjoying the sea breeze or the movie that is played. After imagining, take several deep breaths again and slowly open your eyes. This exercise helps you to regain focus and recompose your thoughts quickly. Having a peaceful mind is effective when you wish to get yourself back on track after having lost your train of thoughts on a busy day. This exercise may prove to be less effective for some, as it challenges the mind to process several thoughts and emotions over a short period of time. However, regular practices will enable you and your mind to get used to this process and therefore develop the ability to master this technique quickly. 5. At times, you may feel that the journey to your destination is a long and hard to reach one. In such cases, you may feel that things are in a mess and out of your control. What you should do then is visualize your goals repeatedly. This is particularly helpful for long‐term goals, as repetition makes your visualizations more powerful. In addition, it would be especially helpful to you if you can make it into a habit. This means making it a point to imagine your desired ending or goals at least once daily, upon rising in the 34
©Brain2020.com morning or before going to sleep. Ideally, you should do it both in the morning and at night. This will naturally give you the drive and motivation when you are conscious to work towards your goals. Visualization will help you to discover more energy and joy in life as you tune in to your inner self. It will also help you gain the competitive edge in your personal and professional relationships. This is because visualization, also known as 'mental imaging,' is a powerful skill that can be practiced regularly to improve your communication skills. It is a process of relaxation that enables you to consciously evoke your desired sensations and images. It works as if you are watching yourself and your surroundings on an inner screen. When you visualize, you are giving signals to your body to either increase or decrease sensation. Visualizations enable you to be in total control of your sensations of feeling, hearing, smelling, seeing, color and temperature. As such, when you visualize, you control your feelings and thoughts. It is therefore important to communicate positive signals, feelings, or ideas to maximize pleasant thoughts and situations, and eliminate unpleasant ones in your mind. To practice visualization, begin by choosing a place that is relatively quiet and where you can be alone for fifteen to thirty‐minutes. Then close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing. Breathe deeply and calm your body and mind. Imagine yourself sitting on the beach watching the sunset over the ocean. Try to listen to the sound of the wind and waves, and feel the sun as it touches your face. Admire the beauty of the clear blue sky, 35
©Brain2020.com touch the rocks and sand, and focus on anything else that pleases you. Upon completion, open your eyes, relax, and get ready for the next segment. Next, close your eyes and try to create as real an image of the actual situation that you want to change or hope to achieve. Focus on what is in the background and the foreground of your surroundings. Now choose a behavior or a skill that is important to you. Make sure that it is one that you wish to modify or change. For example, it could be a new skill that you want to improve upon such as public speaking. When you have that particular situation in mind, visualize your movements and begin to slow yourself down by breathing deeply. Imagine yourself speaking in front of a group and listen to what you are saying. Observe your nonverbal gestures and visualize this segment as if it were in slow motion. You need to pay close attention to your own movements and sounds. Following that, begin to change and correct your verbal and nonverbal behaviors that could frustrate your communication and performance. Replace your unproductive actions with ones that are more appropriate to improve your skills and increase your performance. With your eyes still closed, allow yourself to review the situation again, only this time in the normal speed and in the new way. Remember, you need to pay close attention to your verbal and nonverbal communication constantly. After doing so, you should be gradually experiencing feelings of confidence and inner calmness develop within you. 36
©Brain2020.com Finally, imagine the audience applauding and you achieving the success that you desire. When you have finished, open your eyes and enjoy the way that you are feeling about yourself. For some, it may be useful to write down certain parts of the experience that have significantly affected one’s behaviors or thoughts. It is also important to note that this form of guided imagery can be implemented on a regular basis. In fact, it is recommended that you practice these steps fifteen minutes a day, increasing your time incrementally, to thirty minutes. As you gradually feel yourself improving from these changes, consider adopting this method to change other aspects of your life that previously prevented you from achieving the success you desire. Visualization is therefore necessary to help you regain calmness of your mind, while making positive changes to your subconscious behaviors that will eventually alter your conscious actions and feelings. Thus, it is evident that conducting visualization exercises will be effective in helping you achieve your goals. Also, having goals help you determine what success in life is. Having known what your desired ending is, you can visualize it to have actually happened using this technique, and get motivated as you discover your mental potential to reach your 37
©Brain2020.com destination. As such, imagining that it has already happened and making subconscious improvements to your mind facilitate the way you reach your desired ending. 3.6 Seeking Support Many today are concerned with the impressions they leave with those around them. You may be surprised to know that some fear embarrassing themselves or fear failing to meet expectations, such that they develop a sense of low self esteem or confidence in their abilities. They condition their minds to believe that they will never be as good as others or that no one is able to understand or help them. This however is an unhealthy mentality that must be gotten rid of and replaced with positive thinking. Instead of being afraid to commit mistakes or fail at tasks, you should attempt to learn from these experiences. It is crucial that you surround yourself with people who have achieved success in their lives or are available to provide you with good advice or support you need to assist you in your development process. Do not be afraid of how people might judge you and instead be willing to adopt a more open perspective to share and learn from them. Of course, you need to decide for yourself whether the advice or opinions offered by others is a fair or good one that benefits you. Getting support and help from others is not a sign of weakness but on the contrary, courage and determination to improve. When you have social and emotional support from others, you will develop a more positive outlook in life and experience less stress. Managing the ups and downs of life 38
©Brain2020.com will then seem much easier as you know that there are others around who care and are there for you. You will also have an amazing ability to cope with the damaging effects of negative or condemning statements from others. This is because; hope and self‐esteem are the medicine that transforms a negative self image into a positive one. Thus, having support from others increases your mental ability to achieve success in life. Your mind is positively influenced, as you know that there are others around who will assist you along your journey to realizing your dreams. In seeking support from others, remember to surround yourself with people who have an optimistic outlook in life, and who are constantly looking for new ways to improve and help you. In other words, minimize contact with those who constantly criticize or ridicule your ambitions. Remember that no dream is too big or impossible, unless its master sets it out to be so and does not have faith in his own abilities. You should also avoid spending too much time with people who possess negative dispositions. Their blaming, whining and complaining can bring down the level of your mind power and optimism. As a tip, make a mental note of the people whom you spend time with everyday. Are these people supportive of you and do they maintain a positive attitude? Or are they generally negative; draining your energy and making you feel bad after being in their company? 39
©Brain2020.com If they appear positive and supportive of you, then they are just the people that you have been looking for! Identify who they are and make an effort to remain closer to them. Ensure that you have them around when you share your thoughts and plans of achieving your goals with others. Having their support and feedback makes your journey to success an easier and quicker one. If they are not however, then you may wish to consider spending less time with them. If they are your loved ones living under the same roof as you, then refrain from sharing your dreams and goals with them. This is because; they may unintentionally or subconsciously criticize your ambitions without even knowing it. Your loved ones may not have considered the consequences or effects that their opinions could have on you. Be aware of this and instead, try to cheer them up or make them laugh when they start complaining about how bad things are. This is to bring their energy levels up before they can bring yours down. It is critical that you are able to find optimism in the things that you do and the people aroun
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