Developing a Stronger Mind
Developing your mental muscles will give you the power to accomplish anything you want in life. Sure, it takes some discipline on your part, but look at the world’s greatest bodybuilders. They don’t show up at the gym every once in a while. They create a workout schedule and they are at the gym every day, no matter what.
You have to hire yourself as your “mental manager“. Figure out how much you’re going to pay yourself and I make up a job list. Here are six jobs to assign to yourself to create a stronger mind.
1. Read Right
How much good news do you see in the newspapers? Editors usually say, “If it bleeds, it leads.” Read books – good books. Books that motivate you. Books that inspire you. Look up some of the great inspirational authors in your local bookstore. Read them every morning and/or every night, before you go to sleep.
2. Share Your Mind
Find someone, or a group of someones, who have the same desire to share positivity. This is called masterminding. Great successes are created when great minds come together and think about the same things.
3. Find A Mentor
I have mentor for every area of my life – career, spiritual, family etc. Who are the people you admire most, whether you know them or not? Figure out who you’d like to emulate and study them. If they offer seminars, attend them. If they’ve written books, read them.
4. Listen to Motivational/Inspirational CDs and Tapes
This is one of the most important habits you can create for yourself. Find inspirational audio messages and listen to them over and over. Earl Nightingale, one of the most brilliant thinkers of our time, had this to say on the subject: “Tape listening is the most important advance in technology since the invention of the printing press.” With audio tapes and CDs, speakers can reach 10 times as many people as the printed word ever could.
5. Sign Up and Attend Seminars
The motivational messages you hear at seminars, and the inspirational people you meet, reinforce your self-esteem and positive thinking. You can search out seminars via the internet, newspapers or local colleges and universities.
6. Turn Off the Television
On average, the television set in an average home is on over 5 hours a day. Just like any bad habit, it needs to be broken. I’m not saying that watching television is bad. I’m simply recommending that you cut back on your television viewing. Decide how long you’re going to watch television and then turn it off when you’re time is up. Try cutting back your television viewing one hour every day at first. You can use that time to read a book, listen to a motivational tape, walk your dog or spend time with your family.