When many set out to create healthy lifestyle habits, they get discouraged when the 20-lanes of highway, the automatic and most often negative thoughts take over and thwart all their efforts.
So though I know that you will soon feel on fire and all charged up for your day from the benefits of a morning ritual, I also know that when you first start out, and even after you develop a solid morning ritual, you will sometimes lose your “fire,” you will lose your charge from your rituals … and you will feel discouraged.
Yes, you’ll see you’ll start to develop great confidence in your new morning routine and all the ways it makes you feel empowered, and before you even leave your house for the day, one of your kids or your spouse will do something that sets you reeling off in ways that cause you to wonder if there is any substantive validity to what I am offering you.
How do I know? Because it’s happened to me and everyone else. Repeatedly. It’s human nature. It’s called conditioned thoughts and behaviors and you can change them. I have and so have scores of others. As Tony Robbins, a master of mindshift training says, “your past does not equal your future.”
This is why I created what I call ‘daily mind hacks.’
I saw the pattern of disempowerment roll me over faster than it took for me to empower myself and it felt very defeating.
Mind hacks are by design a fusion of “mindfulness bells,” from the Buddhist tradition, and affirmations and incantations from the personal development and success worlds.
And it occurred to me one day, that it would be a great idea to merge these two ideas together.
Hello Mind Hacks.
There are many ways I coach my clients to use mind hacks. One of the more powerful ways is to:
1. Identify 5 disempowering thoughts that “run your show,” like a reoccurring story in the background of all your thoughts. Thoughts that you know limit you, defeat you, stop you. The most common? I’m not good, or it’s “kissin’ cousins,” “I’m not good enough,” or “I’m not as good as.”
2. After you identify your top 5, and make sure they are the juiciest, most emotionally-potent negative thoughts because to step fully into your power, you’ve got to interrupt the cycle of stories that defeat you, turn them around. Create a polar opposite empowering thought for every disempowering thought. Then, say hello to your new Mind Hacks!
3. Now you’ve got a list of 5 empowering thoughts that will literally change your life, but you have to “think them” in order for them to have an impact. This is where Mind Hacks come in. Since disempowering thoughts run in the background like an old tape-recording, you’ve got to scratch them up with this list of new empowering thoughts.
Here is where personal development mantras meet old world Buddhist mindfulness bells, nouveau-style.
4. In your alarm clock on your smart phone, enter each empowering thought at timed intervals that you know would make a difference. For instance, my first bell off the day, my wake-up bell says “100% responsible — Co-Creator,” as a first day cue to remind me that I am 100% responsible for every detail of my life, so of course I am responsible for who I am and what I accomplish in my upcoming day, and … that as a co-Creator, that I must surrender and trust too, that there is a Force that has a say in what happens too. (I highly recommend you “steal” this one. Its a game changer!)
5. Spread your empowering thoughts throughout your day at times that you know would serve you best. If there is a time of day that you know you need a boost, add a Mind Hack then. If you want to close your day with gratefulness let’s say, or a kind thought, Hack that. Since “repetition is the mother of all skills,” your new empowering thoughts will soon begin to take hold and you will be pleasantly surprised how “they” save you from a triggered response that might have “taken you down” in the past.
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