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Thought Control

You can’t filter all the thoughts entering your mind, but you completely control what you listen to

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In last month’s post we discussed following your inner power, your spirit. I tried to explain the it’s when your feeling most optimistic, yet at peace, that you’re truly inline with your “little voice.”

I concluded the article educating you on how we’re all on this planet for a reason, regardless of whether we know the reason or not.

I would like to follow that lesson in today’s article.

See, we owe it to ourselves, in fact the universe, to sort through the thousands of empty voices that are rattling around in our brains, so we can ultimately get to what we’re meant to do.

To paraphrase the late Steve Jobs, we all need to make a dent in the universe.

You might not change the way people communicate with each other throughout the world but maybe you’ll raise great children who turn into amazing leaders. Maybe it’s a simple smile you give someone who is down on their luck ready to give up that helps them turn their life around. Maybe you’ll take the lessons learned here through Rich Dad that will help others become financially free, emotionally nourished or physically vibrant.

Revisiting Bucky’s Demons

Reflecting on Bucky’s demons from the previous article, those negative thoughts filling his head weren’t his. They weren’t born of his spirit. Those negative thoughts were from his grandparents and uncles, who had been telling him how to live his life for too long. Though his caretakers meant well, their advice only got him into trouble. How? Their words didn’t fit well with his life. (Sound familiar?)

As Bucky stood at the water’s edge, he said to himself, “I had better start thinking for myself.”

So what did he do?

He took two years off and spoke to no one. Imagine that. He knew he needed to get to the core of who he was in order to clear his mind and discover what we wanted out of life. Or rather, uncover what it was the universe wanted from him.

Most of us can’t do that. We all have personal responsibilities to tend to, family obligations to fulfill and job duties to complete.

However, all of us can carve out some time everyday to calm our busy minds from outside influences and simply... be.

Just Be

When I say “be” it means just that. Take a seat and acknowledge who you are. What thoughts are you having? Are those thoughts even yours? If not, whose are they?

It’s ok if you don’t have an answer right away. As you’ll discover, the power comes in asking. Once you ask, you begin to take control of your own spirit once again. But the key is you have to ask.

You can’t avoid the huge amount of information bombarding you every day — positive, negative and everything in between. We’re told what to think about people, places and things at all times. This makes it even more important to set a daily habit to quiet mind and just be.

It’s also important not to judge yourself for your thoughts.

As I listed above, you don’t even have control of the thousands of ideas being thrown at you. During the exercise, just acknowledge the thoughts. They’re just that, thoughts. It’s the power you give them that makes them powerful motivators or destructive devices.

Give more time and attention to the advice of those who are pushing you to succeed—to play a bigger game and take on greater challenges. Put into practice the advice that pushes you further towards becoming who it is you’re meant to be.

Next month, I’m going to reopen some personal wounds that cut deep and greatly affected my life. But the lessons I learned pack some valuable advice.

If you want to learn more about mastering your little voice, get a copy of my book, Little Voice Mastery.

Original publish date: January 02, 2019

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