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.