Change the Station
Our thoughts are direct results of our inputs—books, media, education, and personal influences. If you feel stuck or as if you are drifting aimlessly, without any goals, it may be time to change the station and begin to manage your inputs. Doing the same things and thinking the same thoughts, but expecting different results is insane. We can all agree on that. So, how do we change our programming?
Our thoughts impact how we feel. How we feel impacts our actions. Our actions directly impact our results. So, it makes sense that if we want to change our results, we must begin by changing our thoughts, especially when they are not serving us.
When you wake up in the morning and your head is a swirl of negative thoughts, it’s not long before you’re feeling down, depressed, and even hopeless. We’ve all been there. And it can feel impossible to break free of this pattern once it starts. But you can.
Though the video is good for a laugh, it perfectly illustrates in a simplistic way, how to change your station manually. Though it may seem simplistic, pretend your mind is a television, and change the station by thinking of something positive that makes you smile. Every time an old, limiting thought pops up, change the station one more time. Do it consciously. Every. Single. Time. By doing so, you immediately stop the flood of chemicals your body produces that cause you to feel stress, anxiety, and a host of other negative feelings. The more you choose your thoughts, the easier the process becomes. Soon, you’ll turn off the negative and turn up the positive.
To get the most out of life, dream big, be clear about what you want and be willing to do whatever it takes to succeed. You’ll notice that all three of these elements are internal and require introspection and determination on your part. You may not know what you want and perpetually search for answers. Perhaps you do know but are unsure of how to get there. That’s okay. In both cases, changing your inputs will offer new perspectives. New ideas open doors within yourself.
Feed Your Brain
“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” Albert Einstein
By reading books, listening to educational audio programs, watching instructional videos, and surrounding yourself with people who share similar interests, you change the station. Feed your brain a steady stream of positive, healthy, motivating information that gets you fired-up.
Thinking on a deep level and investing time in personal development takes energy to stay focused on something for more than a few minutes. At the end of a long day, the last thing we want to do is spend time thinking and setting goals. Or maybe you suffer from a lack of confidence, fear, or poor habits. Some of us stick with what’s comfortable and familiar because we don’t know any other way. Some of us are just plain lazy. Any number of things can keep us stuck. What’s interesting is how much time and effort we invest in our excuses. If we applied that energy to setting and achieving our goals instead, we would be miles ahead of where we are currently. So, start thinking. Take charge of your programming, your thoughts, and direction.
Knowing where you are headed and why you are going there is vital to getting what you want out of life. The easiest way to get moving is by recognizing you are in charge and can easily change the station when it comes to your inputs.
Read more. Listen more. Be selective about what you allow in and how much time you spend watching television, news, and social media. Take a close look at your friends. If they are on the road to nowhere, you are along for the ride. Spend your time thinking, dreaming, planning, and executing your next steps on the road to success. And remember, if the song list for your life sucks, change the station!