Have you ever really contemplated on how change happens? Is it similar to the seasons of weather, which come and go? Or does it take much more effort on your part, a desire or passion to make this change occur?
Do you want to change your habits into positive ones that will stick? Or how about changing your thoughts, the way you think, which in turn influence the way your life plays out?
Change to Positive Habits
Brian Morrison puts it so concisely in his quote: “Change your habits, change your life”. The self reflection that is required to understand our habits is the key to changing our negative habits into positive ones.
For example, sleeping in during the weekday and being late for work are two often-noted negative habits. In place of those old patterns, substitute peppy music that puts a smile on your face to wake up to with a big sign in the bathroom “Being on time to work=Money”.
Another negative habit that many express is putting on weight. We know it’s not healthy nor is it helpful for our self-esteem. So try to add in a type of exercise each day that you find joyful: walking, yoga, working out in the gym, etc. (Also a quick tip: if you drink more water, it fools your brain in thinking you are not hungry!)
Change to Positive Thinking
You cannot entertain weak, harmful, negative thoughts ten hours a day & expect to bring about beautiful strong and harmonious conditions by ten minutes of positive thinking.Charles Haanel
Haanel’s quote is so true! The best way I have found to filter out negative thoughts is to replace them with a positive affirmation.
Haanel’s foolproof mantra is a lifesaver for me: “I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, armonious, and happy”. Saying this a few times seems to wash out any negative thought.
8 Powerful Words
Hannel also shares the affirmation called the “8 powerful words”:
- Believe in Yourself
- Stay Strong
- Never Give up
- Be Grateful
- Work Hard
- Stay Humble
- Be Kind
- Keep Smiling
Though these 8 concepts are simple, it does take practice and determination to get rid of years of negative thoughts being put into your brain through yourself, family, friends, and colleagues.
Mistakes as Teachers
We all should stop being hard on ourselves for making mistakes. Mistakes are just learning opportunities in disguise. Inside each mistake is a nugget of wisdom that can make you better. You are not unique to making mistakes, everybody does!
Admitting your mistakes can liberate you. It frees you from the necessity to cover up what you’ve done so no one else notices it. Admitting your mistakes to others usually causes people to think better of you and can get you the help needed so that you don’t make the mistake again.
In the Master Key Experience (MKE), we learn that mistakes can be changed to success by substituting our thoughts of failure, despair, limitation, and discord with thoughts of courage, power, inspiration, imagination, creativity, and harmony.
Your Unique Gifts
How can you acknowledge your own unique gifts that only you can give to the world? Some suggestions to get you started on your MKE journey to uncover the true you:
- Remember what you loved to do as an 8 year old.
- Recall what you look forward to each day.
- Ask a few people close to you what they think your gifts are and mediate on the responses.
Next is how to apply your special gifts and tap into the energy of your greatness!
Of course, we all want to use our unique gifts to make a positive impact on humanity and the world.
As Wallace Wattles said: “The very best thing you can do for the world is to make the most of yourself”.
I encourage you to start today and create the change you seek now!