Thoughts are a hard thing to understand because they’re invisible and we don’t always know where they come from. Have you ever had the experience where you’re just minding your own business when, all of a sudden, a memory from 20 years ago just pops into your head? Another time, you might be driving to work or walking in the neighborhood when an incredible feeling of well-being just washes over you. Although you can sometimes figure out where a particular thought or feeling originated, many times they just seem random and inexplicable.
Your ability to create goals, develop plans, selectively observe your environment, and learn from your mistakes are four inborn talents that enable you to grow, advance in life, acquire things you want, and derive satisfaction from being a human being.
Like a computer, your brain is constantly trying to gather and make sense out of all the information that it’s exposed to on a continual basis. One thing that sets people apart from each other is the way everyone processes information differently. Everyone filters information in their own unique way because of their experiences, personality, and their state of mind.
Another huge factor that your attitude, your level of confidence, and your resourcefulness is the way you communicate with yourself — both silently and out loud. You also send a strong message to your brain every time you put yourself down, act shy or unassertive, or maintain poor posture.
Developing confidence and creating plans for getting what you want out of life begins with a self analysis. First of all, you need to identify and prioritize you personal values, your goals, and your talents. It’s a little bit like developing a marketing plan in which you identify your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Once you’ve clarified those four areas of your life, you can begin developing a series of strategies to capitalize on your strengths, eliminate or compensate for your weaknesses, take advantage of opportunities, and be prepared to manage or avoid problems or threats.
Once you know what you want, what you have to offer, and where you hope to be six months from now, you’re immediately in a stronger position to people, opportunities, and circumstances that will help make your life more rewarding. The foundation of that entire process, though, is the strength of your self esteem and your beliefs about your value, your capability as a person, and worthiness as an individual.
That’s why the building blocks of your future success consist of your own thoughts, intentions, personal values, and degree of motivation. The good news is that those elements of happiness and success can be consciously controlled, cultivated, and shaped to conform with your vision of an ideal lifestyle.
Stay tuned to this blog for more strategies, insights, and ideas for becoming the best possible version of yourself — THAT’S what it’s all about!
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