Decluttering Our Mind

Photo by Tobias van Schneider

There are many thoughts that don’t serve us, from persistent memories that we seek to understand, to possibilities of what the future might unveil. How can we turn the past and future into positive? Through learning from past experiences and visualizing the future. This allows us to hold on to the strands of thinking that play a greater role in shaping our future.

Similarly to a clean, white floor, a clear mind gives us a sense of calm. Being in the now helps us get a sense of direction – where we are coming from and where we are going to. By choose these two coordinates we are reframing our memories and wants and needs of the future. It’s time to strip down our mind of clutter and keep only the essentials.

Is Your Mind in the Right Place?

Photo by Caleb Jones

Setting up goals allows us to measure progress and gives us a direction. But taking I want to over I need to won’t cut it. Our desire needs to be strong enough to make us get out of bed every morning, with a smile on our face, knowing that we’re going to make progress. Even in the cold, foggy mornings. Even when we can come up with every excuse to not make progress.

Stop. Is checking social media really that important? Online shopping, playing video games, watching Netflix. There are an infinite amount of distractions and excuses, but only you can create your own environment to succeed. Only you can pause, take a step back, and understand that what’s immediately in front of you does not serve you. Clear your field of vision. See where you’re going and make sure you get there. If you don’t do it, no one else will.

Life at a Glance: the Positive Future

Photo by Jill Heyer

In times of austerity we cannot postpone change and choosing what’s right. What’s easy is no longer an option and giving into anger and despair is guaranteed failure.

So what can we do when we can’t change the decisions that led us here?

  1. Take a look at your environment. Tidy up the space for a clear mind.
  2. What is your ‘must’ through this challenging period? Financially, socially (the need to connect with people) and personally (self-growth).
  3. Where do you want to go?

Envisioning a bright future when the world seems to be on verge of collapsing might not be the most sensitive thing to do, but it certainly is the healthiest. We attract what we say and what we think and despite all the chaos, there is still room for our individual narrative.

Affirmations for HEalth Overrunning Worrying Thoughts

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We all deal with uncertainty differently, but we all find it difficult. Indulging in fear and anxiety invites uncertainty. As challenging as it is, we would benefit greatly from using our imagination and inner talk in a positive way.

Mental scenarios of health can take a lot of focus. How can we imagine a reality where the immediate crisis is unknown? We start with our hopes and prayers. For a long time I doubted prayers, but I now come to understand that prayers are not favors asked, but affirmations.

Take a deep breath. A world awaits to be shaped and everything starts with calm.

How to Stay on Course and Follow Through with Your Ideas

Beautiful mistakes do happen, but how do we get our focus back after we’ve been off course for a bit?

Here is where journaling comes in handy. I always thought that the idea of a journal is to complain. It wasn’t until recently when I started dipping into self-help literature that I understood how powerful journaling can be if used right. You’ll most likely experience:

  • clarity of your thoughts and processes
  • a sense of accomplishment by measuring yourself against who you were yesterday and the day before
  • gratitude for the abundance in your life
  • a consistent vision of the future

Things can change, but there’s nothing holding us back from holding on to our dreams and aspirations. I have recently reinvented the wheel in terms of my vision for the future. While it’s exciting that I ended up wanting to explore the same route, it’s amazing how I forgot completely that that was the plan all along. You have a strong image of what you want to achieve? Write it down – may it be a journal, a piece of paper or a window, write it down where you can see it.

‘We can do everything we want in life, but we can’t do it all at the same time’

Tim Ferriss

So if you get ambushed and enthusiastic by dozens of ideas running through your mind, take a deep breath and remember: you’ve got time. Take out your idea book and keep on working on what you’re doing now. And when the time comes to move on to the next venture you’ll have plenty of ideas to choose from. Meanwhile, stay creative.