We Are What We Think | Self-Knowledge

“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.” – Buddha

Self-fulfillment is powerful. Buddha realized that and lived accordingly. We can do that too. We can think better of our lives. We can adjust our inner attitude. We can talk better to ourselves, lifting us up and we can walk our talk.

I notice that this saying of Buddha is true.

Are you searching for ways to improve your personal situation? Are you curious how to change your mind? Do you have the impression to fall back to bad habits every once in a while?

I can relate to that. I want to have trusting relationships and a large family, strong friendships with great friends, a reliable and amazing income stream, work that fulfills me and plenty of time.

Brooke Castillo came up with a model explaining how we achieve our results. How ever our results look like.

Our THOUGHTS create our FEELINGS which drive our ACTIONS which create our RESULTS. – Brooke Castillo

Brooke suggests that our mind either preps us or pulls us down. If we can get a hold of what our mind is thinking, we can understand our life circumstances better.

With a better understanding of ourselves and with clearness on our values and personal aspirations or goals, we can align our thoughts. We can change our mind.

Understand your self. Get a hold of your WHY. – Change your thoughts first, then change your actions.

There are some days though, when my thoughts pull me down to the ground. I feel sad, depressed and absolutely unsuccessful. During these times, I seem to be very far away from achieving my goals. My thoughts circle around in my head.

My mind imagines, that I am falling onto a chute. There is no escape then! My thoughts push me down. My thoughts and I are sliding down a huge downward spiral. As my thoughts pick up speed, I do too. Together we are racing to the bottom. Yet, I cannot see the end.

In those moments calm breathing slows me down. I breathe in and out. I notice how the air tickles the small hair on the top of my lip. Concentrating on breathing helps me slowing my thoughts, relaxing my mind, creating a new picture. The downward spiral is gone. Puff.

Quickly I feel better. I imagine myself in better times. I am successful in my job. I sit with people I like. We are laughing. In my imagination we have happy faces. Our eyes sparkle serenity. I feel good. I think better thoughts.

It is normal to have negative, disturbing thoughts. They will come our way every once in a while. It is at us to give these thoughts some space and behave mindful. Just try not to hop on the downward spiral and shoot down the chute.

Instead you could hack your own mind. Pull a trick on it. I do it this way: Pull up your eyebrows and try to be angry. It just doesn’t work. Then laugh or at least grin for 90 seconds. Laughing, even though you actually don’t feel like it, sends signals to your brain. The brain thinks that you are happy and acts accordingly. The hard drive is cleared again.

Thoughts are strong. They can either prevent our doings and set us up with procrastination or they get and keep us going pursuing our personal goals and dreams.

Are you experienced in tracking your thoughts and changing your mind successfully? How do you do it? How do you hack your brain?

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