Embrace the raging current!

“You are today where your thoughts have brought you, you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.”

James Allen

Rocky Mountain National Forest

What is the tomorrow that you want to create? Do you have it beautifully, richly, and vividly defined in your mind? Are those thoughts like the strong current of a roaring river, carrying you towards your goal with every passing second?

Or are you bobbing along in life, just content to float wherever the current around you happens to carry you?

Life is too short and precious to waste a second of it. Choose your thoughts carefully and embrace them with all the passion you can muster. Those things you are focused on today will define your future, whether you want them to or not…

The monkey mind…

“You don’t have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you.”

Dan Millman

The “monkey mind” can be an insidious being living inside of our brains. The real question becomes how much time and attention we give to that portion of our selves, versus a more rational and reasonable self.

How exactly do you take control of your mind when the monkey inside your head is running away with it? You can pause, breathe and think and simply take stock of what is actually going on, not what is going on in your mind. I have found this practice, when I do my part, to be incredibly powerful in shutting down the monkey mind.

So the next time you are overwhelmed by the narrative that you have created in your head, simply ask yourself you have taken the necessary time to pause and evaluate the circumstances. Have you given yourself time to breathe and allow yourself to have the space to think? If no, then do so and shut that darn monkey up forever!

What are my values?

“Carefully watch your thoughts, for they become your words. Manage and watch your words, for they will become your actions. Consider and judge your actions, for they have become your habits. Acknowledge and watch your habits, for they shall become your values. Understand and embrace your values, for they become your destiny.”

Mahatma Gandhi

There is so much wisdom in this quote. Each sentence can and should be unpacked and thought through with great care and intention. To turn this into action begin with the last sentence and work through this question:

What are my values?

Once you have captured these clearly then you can attack the sentences in order but always through the lens of your values.

Are my thoughts reflective of my values?

Are my words reflective of my values?

Are my actions reflective of my values?

Are my habits reflective of my values?

Are my values reflective of the legacy I want to leave?

To live a life of authenticity one must start with the values and build everything up from that. Otherwise life is happenstance and accidental. Which is no way to live.

The voice of a champion…

“Make sure your worst enemy doesn’t live between your two ears.”

Laird Hamilton

Fear. Doubt. Worry. Those are all things that we humans spend an inordinate amount of time and energy on. Most of the things that we waste time agonizing about never actually happen. This means that the energy that is expended worrying about what might happen has a negative return on investment. It just doesn’t add value to our lives.

How do you break the cycle? How do you make sure that you don’t become your own worst enemy? I suggest two things.

First, focus on gratitude. Make it a daily ritual to look at our life and find the three things that you are most grateful for and appreciative of. I have written about this before but I deeply believe it deserves mention again. Adopting a life centered on the principles of gratitude has deep and profound impact on how you view and interact with the world.

Second, adopt a “focus on what you can control” mentality. If you are spending energy on things you can’t control you are wasting your precious life resources. Stop it. I wrote more about this thought process in this post on Circle of Concern vs. Circle of Control.

In all likelihood the greatest adversary you will ever face in life is yourself. The voice in your mind will either work for you, or against you. Do all that you can to make that voice your champion, not your enemy…

Dwell on the right things…

“You must not under any pretense allow your mind to dwell on any thought that is not positive, constructive, optimistic, kind.”

Emmet Fox

Nothing good comes from dwelling on something that is negative, destructive, pessimistic or cruel. Those thoughts infect your behaviors and create actions that you will regret. On the other side finding a way to dwell on thoughts that are positive, constructive, optimistic and kind will have a remarkably positive impact on your actions. Dwell on the right things…

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