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Start Your Day Off Perfectly with Positive Mind

Start Your Day Off Perfectly with Positive Mind

How do we start off our day so that it is enjoyable, exciting, fun, and loving? Thoughts! Yes, the thoughts we think carry an energy and ultimately create emotions and feelings within our bodies. The thoughts we think can make us happy or sad, energized or exhausted, loving or angry. Thoughts literally create our moods. Our moods then attract more of how we feel and thus what we experience during the day.

How do we begin to get a handle on all those thoughts we think all day long?

One of the fastest ways, is to begin in the morning with positive, loving, and grateful thoughts. When our bodies awaken each morning, often, we just start our day without much conscious thought about how we are feeling and what our intentions are for the day. What if, instead, we took a few minutes to consciously think about the day ahead of us. A day that we can create positively by using the power of our mind and the thoughts we are emitting.

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One of the fastest ways to begin this process is being appreciative and grateful for all the world has to offer. Often, there are things in our lives that are not the way we want them to be and that can create challenges and frustrations. With a slight change in perception and approach, over time, a change in how we see our challenges can develop. We can become grateful for all the good things in our lives and hold a new perspective of issues we are facing.

Morning is a wonderful time to create a new approach on how to see the world. It is like New Year’s Eve each morning and the ability to think anew. Repetitive approaches of finding gratitude in the smallest of ways will eventually create changes within the everyday duties, obligations, and responsibilities that each of us have to complete.

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Challenge to Listen to This Morning Meditation

Hay House is one of the most successful New Thought organizations in the world. It was founded by Louise Hay back in the 1980’s. In the attached video below produced by Hay House, Louise’s soft and gentle voice guides our thoughts to areas of gratitude and grace. She guides the listener to identify gratitude in so many parts of our lives that we often overlook, such as, turning on a faucet and having hot water easily pour out.

How often do we think about being grateful for that ease and convenience? As you listen to the guidance below, relax, think about how many of these things each of us have taken for granted, and then make a choice to become more conscious of being aware of all the good, all the conveniences, and all of the joy that is in our lives right now.

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The best way to make a permanent change within your mind it to repeat something for approximately 21-30 days. So, take the challenge to listen to this morning meditation by Louise Hay for the next 3-4 weeks. Journal how you are feeling during the day as you begin this process. Watch over the next few weeks and identify areas of improvement in your life.

How is the result?

Do you feel happier? Do the things and people in your life seem less irritating? Are you more conscious of small things, such as a warm shower or a sunny day? Are you able to see a rainy day as a gift rather than a burden? Shifting the thoughts you think about, as you move through the parts of your day, to find what you can appreciate in it, will allow the heavier thoughts of anger, frustration, annoyance, and even revenge to float away like clouds in the sky.

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Each of us control our own thoughts and learning that you have the power of thinking what you want, allows you to reframe events in your life to make the best out of everything that is happening to you, around you, and even in you. You are the power in your life and the thoughts you think will help you to use that power to create your own magical day.

Enjoy your life and know that you are in control of the thoughts you think. Those thoughts ultimately determine your emotions and how you feel and ultimately your life. Go forth and enjoy your day!

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Last Updated on August 6, 2020

6 Reasons Why You Should Think Before You Speak

6 Reasons Why You Should Think Before You Speak

We’ve all done it. That moment when a series of words slithers from your mouth and the instant regret manifests through blushing and profuse apologies. If you could just think before you speak! It doesn’t have to be like this, and with a bit of practice, it’s actually quite easy to prevent.

“Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.” – Napolean Hill

Are we speaking the same language?

My mum recently left me a note thanking me for looking after her dog. She’d signed it with “LOL.” In my world, this means “laugh out loud,” and in her world it means “lots of love.” My kids tell me things are “sick” when they’re good, and ”manck” when they’re bad (when I say “bad,” I don’t mean good!). It’s amazing that we manage to communicate at all.

When speaking, we tend to color our language with words and phrases that have become personal to us, things we’ve picked up from our friends, families and even memes from the internet. These colloquialisms become normal, and we expect the listener (or reader) to understand “what we mean.” If you really want the listener to understand your meaning, try to use words and phrases that they might use.

Am I being lazy?

When you’ve been in a relationship for a while, a strange metamorphosis takes place. People tend to become lazier in the way that they communicate with each other, with less thought for the feelings of their partner. There’s no malice intended; we just reach a “comfort zone” and know that our partners “know what we mean.”

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Here’s an exchange from Psychology Today to demonstrate what I mean:

Early in the relationship:

“Honey, I don’t want you to take this wrong, but I’m noticing that your hair is getting a little thin on top. I know guys are sensitive about losing their hair, but I don’t want someone else to embarrass you without your expecting it.”

When the relationship is established:

“Did you know that you’re losing a lot of hair on the back of your head? You’re combing it funny and it doesn’t help. Wear a baseball cap or something if you feel weird about it. Lots of guys get thin on top. It’s no big deal.”

It’s pretty clear which of these statements is more empathetic and more likely to be received well. Recognizing when we do this can be tricky, but with a little practice it becomes easy.

Have I actually got anything to say?

When I was a kid, my gran used to say to me that if I didn’t have anything good to say, I shouldn’t say anything at all. My gran couldn’t stand gossip, so this makes total sense, but you can take this statement a little further and modify it: “If you don’t have anything to say, then don’t say anything at all.”

A lot of the time, people speak to fill “uncomfortable silences,” or because they believe that saying something, anything, is better than staying quiet. It can even be a cause of anxiety for some people.

When somebody else is speaking, listen. Don’t wait to speak. Listen. Actually hear what that person is saying, think about it, and respond if necessary.

Am I painting an accurate picture?

One of the most common forms of miscommunication is the lack of a “referential index,” a type of generalization that fails to refer to specific nouns. As an example, look at these two simple phrases: “Can you pass me that?” and “Pass me that thing over there!”. How often have you said something similar?

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How is the listener supposed to know what you mean? The person that you’re talking to will start to fill in the gaps with something that may very well be completely different to what you mean. You’re thinking “pass me the salt,” but you get passed the pepper. This can be infuriating for the listener, and more importantly, can create a lack of understanding and ultimately produce conflict.

Before you speak, try to label people, places and objects in a way that it is easy for any listeners to understand.

What words am I using?

It’s well known that our use of nouns and verbs (or lack of them) gives an insight into where we grew up, our education, our thoughts and our feelings.

Less well known is that the use of pronouns offers a critical insight into how we emotionally code our sentences. James Pennebaker’s research in the 1990’s concluded that function words are important keys to someone’s psychological state and reveal much more than content words do.

Starting a sentence with “I think…” demonstrates self-focus rather than empathy with the speaker, whereas asking the speaker to elaborate or quantify what they’re saying clearly shows that you’re listening and have respect even if you disagree.

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Is the map really the territory?

Before speaking, we sometimes construct a scenario that makes us act in a way that isn’t necessarily reflective of the actual situation.

A while ago, John promised to help me out in a big way with a project that I was working on. After an initial meeting and some big promises, we put together a plan and set off on its execution. A week or so went by, and I tried to get a hold of John to see how things were going. After voice mails and emails with no reply and general silence, I tried again a week later and still got no response.

I was frustrated and started to get more than a bit vexed. The project obviously meant more to me than it did to him, and I started to construct all manner of crazy scenarios. I finally got through to John and immediately started a mild rant about making promises you can’t keep. He stopped me in my tracks with the news that his brother had died. If I’d have just thought before I spoke…

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