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Thoughts Are Your Greatest Power- Learn How To Harness It

Thoughts Are Your Greatest Power- Learn How To Harness It

Your thoughts run through your active mind all day long and help to create your experience of life. It is believed that we have approximately 60,000 thoughts per day, which equates to about 42 thoughts per minute. So how many of those thoughts are you aware of? How many of those thoughts are helping you or hurting you?

Many thoughts are repetitive, day after day, year after year, and decade after decade. Imagine if some of those repetitive thoughts are not of the highest possible vibration? Could it effect our bodies, our minds and our lives?

In the attached video, Dr. Masaru Emoto showed the impact of how thoughts put into music or written down, effected the water he was testing.

“By exposing water to a particular word or piece of music, freezing it, and photographing the ice crystals formed, Dr. Emoto has shown that from beautiful words and music, come beautiful crystals, and from mean-spirited, negative words, come malformed and misshapen crystals. What is the significance?

It becomes clear when we remember that the adult human body is approximately 70% water and infant bodies are about 90% water. We can be hurt emotionally and, as the water can be changed, for the worse physically by negativity. However, we are always closer to beauty when surrounded by positive thoughts, words, intentions and ultimately those vibrations.”1

Many of our thoughts are repetitive and arise from the deep subconscious level. So, if we are experiencing over 60,000 thoughts per day and we are not aware of many of them, how are we creating our lives? Are we creating by default, using old, outdated thoughts and beliefs? Or are we aware of our thinking, influencing it, and taking charge of what we are thinking?

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Thought Power Process:

So how does one begin to master their thoughts? It’s actually quite simple using this exercise below.

Step 1:

For the next minute, think consciously. Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking. Are these thoughts happy or sad, fearful or delightful, loving or hateful? How do the thoughts make you feel inside?

Step 2:

All thoughts, conscious or unconscious, will create a feeling inside of you.  Acknowledging that feeling allows you to define the type of thought you are experiencing. This is the beginning of awakening your own mind and power. Welcome to the potential of creating a new world for yourself.

Step 3:

Decide. Do you like the feeling the thought is creating within you? Does it make you feel good or bad, happy or sad, revengeful or forgiving, fearful or loving? You begin to ask yourself, are these even my thoughts? Am I just repeating old beliefs that were handed down to me by friends, society, and family? Do I really believe these thoughts I am thinking? Then make a conscious decision to change the thoughts that are no longer serving your highest and best life.

The End Result:

Liberation. True freedom will begin to arise in your life. Repeating these three steps over and over will make the greatest changes you have ever seen in your life because as you change your thoughts, you change who you are, what you believe in and what you will experience around you.

Dr. Joe Dispenza is author of, You are the Placebo-Making Your Mind Matter. He shares his findings on the power of the mind and the effect thoughts have on our health and our lives.

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“As we learn new things and have new experiences in our lives, our neurons make new connections, exchanging electrochemical information with each other. Those connections are called synaptic connections. Our thoughts produce a blend of various chemicals called neurotransmitters (serotonin, dopamine and acetylcholine). When we continue thinking the same thoughts, the neuron keeps firing in the same way. So as soon as you think a new thought, you become changed-neurologically.”2

Thought is the spark from which the flame of creation is ignited in our lives.

The thoughts could be as simple as asking, “What should I have for lunch?” or as complicated as, “Why am I here?” Either way, as you become aware of the thoughts running through your mind, you begin to take charge of your thoughts and thus the creation of your life.

You are awakening to a new level of awareness and a new level of power over yourself. You discover the real you as layer upon layer of false thoughts are removed. Your thoughts become your own and you challenge your own thinking. Once you understand you own, the power over your thoughts and what to think, you begin to retrain your mind to become your greatest power and best ally, in this adventure called life. There are wonderful websites that are accessible to provide information about your powerful thoughts.

Here are some:

Dr. Masaru Emoto

Dr. Joe Dispenza

Many great, successful individuals have always known the power of the thoughts we think. From the Buddha, to musicians, to writers, politicians and now even the every day human. Here are just a few of those magnificent quotes to share with you.

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“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” – Buddha

“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” – Willie Nelson

“Change your thoughts and you change your world.” – Norman Vincent Peale

“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

May the new day bring to you the understanding of the greatest power you already possess- your thoughts.

1 www.masaru-emoto.net

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2 You are the Placebo-Making Your Mind Matter, by Dr. Joe Dispenza Pg 56-57

3  http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/b/buddha121308.html

4 http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/w/willienels184361.html

5  http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/n/normanvinc130593.html

6  http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/e/eleanorroo143006.html

Featured photo credit: Inner Demon Affirmations via innerdemon.net

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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