Are you ready for battle?

My belief in life is that we are all much more than we allow ourselves to be. We hold ourselves back due to negative thoughts and misguided beliefs. We can be more through opening ourselves up to change. My header in this blog says, “Invite Excellence”. When I say this, I am referring to the process of inviting change into every aspect of your life that will cause you to excel. This includes your career, your marriage, your health, your finances, your spirituality, and especially your thoughts.

To begin this process your must prepare for it. You must be willing to make changes in your life. Commit to the process of doing whatever it takes to get your life headed in the right direction. This isn’t going to happen overnight and you have to prepare for the battle that is going to take place. It is going to be a battle that must be fought time and time again. It will be fought daily and sometimes you will have to commit to fight it moment by moment. Just remember that you are not alone in this battle. Many of us are on the same fight right along with you. The battles must be fought to win the war.

There is a battle for your mind every day. It is the battle of positive vs. negative. You must decide every day what you will allow into your mind. What are you going to think about? Are the thoughts in your mind productive? Are the thoughts going to get you where you want to go in life? Are they dragging you down? You need to figure out where you are at and decide if you are willing to commit to the fight. If you decide to fight, congratulations, you have just joined the ranks of the elite. Those who choose to make a difference with their lives, commit to the fight. Spend time this week deciding if you are ready to make the commitment. Leave me a comment, I would love to hear your decision.

Perceptions.

The way we think drives our perceptions. Our perceptions are how we view situations in life. An example of this would be that we asked our kids to do the laundry. Now we all know that doing laundry perfectly is not on the top of our kids list, so they do it, but it’s not perfect. How we perceive this situation is going to determine our response. Ok, so the towels are folded into squares, instead of the perfect tri fold. They are put away, but some seem to have been crammed into the back instead of neatly re-organizing to make it all fit. You can either have a come apart and rant and rave about how terrible they did or you can realize that “Hey, at least I have a clean towel.” This is what our perceptions do to us every day.

How do we change our thinking so that we can have a more positive impact on our perceptions and not give our kids a laundry complex? You can start by realizing your thoughts are not where they should be. If your thought process is tearing others down, instead of building them up, encouraging, and teaching, then you need a thought over haul.

This week pay attention to your responses. What are your perceptions to situations? Are you thinking encouraging thoughts or negative thoughts? Are you judging people and being critical? You may find it’s not all their fault, perceptions can be deceiving.

The beginning of change.

To go from point A to point B you have to know where you are at to start. When you ask your phone for directions somewhere, what is the first thing that it asks you? It asks, “What is your current location?” If you want to make changes in your life, you have to ask yourself these same questions. You need to know where you are at in life and why you want to make changes.

The first thing you need to do is get quiet. We were not made for all of the distractions in our lives. You can’t begin to change while sitting around watching reality TV. Turn off your phones, the TV, your laptop, every distraction in your life. Get quiet if only for 15 minutes. Now think about why you want to make changes in your life. If you are not where you want to be, in any area of your life, then what is holding you back. Is it fear? Is it lack of education? Is it a traumatic experience from your past? Is it those thoughts in your head telling you, you can’t reach your dreams and goals for some reason? Whatever it is, this is your starting point. This is your point A.

This next week, you need to set aside 15 minutes every day to quiet your mind and tune everything out. Focus your mind on your thoughts and purposefully think about where your life is at and why? This is the beginning of change.

Think about what you’re thinking about.

Did you know that the #1 prescribed medication in the United States in anti-depressants? If you did know that did you ever give any thought as to why? I have a theory on this. We were not made for this information overload that we are living in today. When you get up in the morning, what is the first thing you do? Start making a mental list of everything you have to do? Turn on the TV? Check your email? See what’s happening on Facebook? As you go through the day, does any of this change? Most likely it doesn’t change. It is a continual feed of social media telling you what you should say, feel, and do with you day. You can’t get away from it. They even have TV’s at the doctor’s offices and not just in the waiting rooms, but in the exam rooms too. Our minds need downtime. Many of the prescription medications that are taken today could be avoided if people allowed time to really look at themselves and be honest with what they see. I am not suggesting in any way, shape, or form to stop taking any medication you are on, that should only be done with your doctor’s permission. This sounds crazy, but have you ever stopped to think about what you’re thinking about? You need to see what is causing the anxiety and depression in your life. You can only do this when you take a look inside and see what makes you tick. What has you so off track and what needs to be done to get you back on track. Happiness comes from within and if you don’t know what makes you happy, how are you going to fix the problem? Do yourself a favor and take some downtime from the social media of today. Look inside and see what’s going on in there. If you need ideas on how to find some quiet time, check out Andy Traub’s book, Early to Rise. Invest in yourself for a change, you’ll be glad you did.