Review Your Past Successes
If it is true that we become what we think about, then we should be thinking about success. If we are going to live joyful and exciting lives, we have to learn to control our most valuable asset, our mind. Life is full of experiences and they are all meaningless until we put an interpretation on them. Sadly, we tend to be drawn to the negative in our thinking and we naturally focus on events that are demotivating and disempowering. Sometimes we even put a negative tag on what was really a neutral event. It takes energy to tackle the big goals of life and that energy flows from our attitude. We must keep our attitude positive and upbeat, even if we are having a bad day. Mentally tough people keep feeding their minds positive claims about themselves. They see themselves as successful people, who are good to others. They keep their attention on the positive goals they are pursuing and refuse to be controlled by the random circumstances of life.
An easy way to do this is to mentally review victories from your past. I counsel people to create a list of 25 things they are proud of having done. It can be as small an event as getting a perfect score on a 4th grade spelling test or as large as successfully starting your own business. The important thing is to make the list and put it where that you can get to it easily. When you are having a bad day, pull it out and review it. You will immediately feel more confident and find new energy to tackle whatever problem you are facing.
This works for five reasons:
- It takes control of your mind instead of letting it wander aimlessly
- It focuses the mind on positive events and immediately improves our attitude
- It reminds you that you are more than the events that happens in your life
- It balances your mistakes with your positive choices in the past
- It reminds you that you can continue to add to your list of successes
Mentally tough people don’t allow their minds to run unsupervised. They control their thoughts. They do this by feeding the mind positive spiritual truths, forgiving themselves when they fail, and regularly reviewing their successes.
Make your list today. Refuse to stop writing till you have 25 things on paper. Put that list where you can see it regularly and use it to remind you of what a wonderful person you are.
You can be mentally tough. Begin today to change your life for the better.
Just for fun, put one of the things you are most proud of in the comment session and I’ll send you one of mine.
Some of My Favorite Resources for Growth from 2017
Like me, a lot of you love learning and expanding your skillset. Here are some of my favorite things that helped me grow in 2017. I hope you find something helpful, and please send me some of your favorites too.
Best books I read:
The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming Henri Nowen
Personal growth books:
Designing your life How to build a well lived joyful life Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
Happy Money- The Science of Smarter Spending Elizabeth Done
Blackout- Remembering the things I drank to forget Sarah Hupola https://www.amazon.com/Blackout-Remembering-Things-Drank-Forget/dp/B00XO0NZNC/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1514313105&sr=1-1&keywords=blackout+remembering+the+things+i+drank+to+forget
The Lost Art of Listening Michael Nichols PhD
Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think
Alexander Hamilton Ron Chernov
The Glass Castle Jeanette Walls
Best business books:
Platform: Get noticed in a Busy World Michael Hyatt
- The Art of Charm Jordan Harbinger – Not about charm, about fascinating topics and leadership
- Freakonomics Radio – insights from bright minds that take fresh looks at economic principles
- The Gospel in Life – Pastor Tim Keller- great sermons from one of the best Christian preachers today
- Began using a Macbook Air with plug in desktop desktop display, this has changed my life!
- Mobile check deposit- goodbye waiting in line at the bank
- Increased use of video on our church website and church Facebook
- Finally getting the Twitter thing down
- Calm- a wonderful meditation app to help me with focus
For those of you are not into spirituality you might want to stop here, but faith is the key to my life, so a few wins from that area are in order:
- Spending weeks studying the concept of Christian grace- new freedom flowed into my life
- Learning to write out my prayers when the mind is locked down
- Walking with a dear friend through her courageous battle with cancer
- Using the power of spiritual consensus to find the next step in our church’s growth
I hope you find these useful and I look forward to seeing your suggestions. Be sure to watch for my next blog which will be the fifth in the series listing the 5 Attributes of Mental Toughness.
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Make 2018 a great year.