Are you ready to upgrade your life? I think you are, and I know you can do it! I promise it will make the biggest difference. After over 20 years of studying personal development and peak performance, I’ve learned that the most effective way to upgrade your life is to upgrade your thinking. By upgrading your thinking, you will automatically upgrade your life. Here’s one simple technique to do it.
How Can You Upgrade Your Thinking in Order to Upgrade Your Life
To start with, a lot of you know my story. But if you don’t have any idea, here’s a little piece of it. I grew up in a broken home and I was out on my own in an early age. I went through some really hard years and I wanted so desperately to upgrade my life.
I have been studying personal development and peak performance for over 20 years and I realized that the best way -and the only way- to upgrade your life is to upgrade your thinking.
The question is: How you can anybody do that?
Well, there is a little trick here that helps. I want you to choose somebody who really inspires you and who’s actually really successful. Then, I want you to think through each of these important areas of life and ask yourself: what would that person think?
What would your idol say about your look and appearance?
What would your idol say about your relationships?
What would your idol say about your health?
What would your idol say about your spiritual side?
What would your idol say about your education?
What would your idol say about your financial state?
Note: Your idol can be anyone. In other words, it could be someone from the scripture, some philosopher, a member of your family, a friend… and so on and so forth.
Personally, Theodore Roosevelt Jn is my inspiration of all time. But there are others of course like Gandhi, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington… etc And I always ask myself: What would they do in my situation? What would they think about challenges and obstacles? What would they think of the things I am worried about?
The point is we need to shift those thinking habits and alter them in order to upgrade our life.
Your limiting thoughts keep you from upgrading your life!
Truly, as a man thinketh, so is he! Thoughts are things. And what we think about we bring about. The great news is that we can train the brain to think in the best way possible. You can alter your thinking patterns and thereby alter your life. Just like you exercise a muscle or practice an instrument, you and I need to practice thinking well.
How to Train Your Brain
Today, I want to talk about TRAINING your BRAIN!
This is, probably, the most important skill and practice you’ll ever have in your life! I know that is a huge bold statement! but , believe me, it really is. Because:
In “As a Man Thinketh”, –James Allen– clearly points that the way you think affects your health, your circumstances, your character, your relationship, your purity, your spirituality, your attitude, your thinking habits, your thinking patterns and almost everything. It, simply, shapes your whole life.
Now, the great news is that you can actually TRAIN yourBRAIN! It is just like you would practice an instrument, like you would practice your skill, your hobby, like you do for work and like any other skill you want to develop. And to be great at anything, you’ll have to train and practice a lot. And it is totally the same with your mind, you have to practice and train your brain. Moreover, that will make the biggest difference in your life!
Let me tell you a little bit of my story as far as brain training. Well, I grew up with all the limiting beliefs. I grew up with the negative ‘Endophasia’!
Endophasia: [en-doh-fey-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-ey] internal speech with no audible vocalization.
So I was telling things to myself like:
‘You are ugly’ / ‘You are fat’ / ‘You are a loser’ / ‘You are stupid’ / ‘You can’t do that/ you can’t do this’ / ‘It is just my luck’
But this is not the right thing. Do not ever identify yourself with that. You have to train your brain to think differently because there is a huge correlation between IDENTITY and BEHAVIOR! In other words, if you tell yourself you are something, you will do it!
There is a great scientific term called ‘Anticipatory Anxiety’. It means that when you anticipate something, you think about it so much, you actually make it happen! Thus, you have to train your mind to think positively first about yourself and next about how you are going to perform.
Train Your Brain as One of Your Muscles
If you want to get in great shape, you have to train your muscles consistently and push them hard. Right! Well, it is the same with your mind! Whether you want to memorize something, whether you want to become a positive thinker, whether you want to master how your mind approach to problems, and whether you want to become enthusiastic and optimistic, you have to train your brain.
I want you every day to pick something positive and start saying it to yourself consistently. I want you to catch yourself when you are thinking negatively and replace that. The mind can only handle one thought a time, so thought replacement is the best way to do this. So start replacing negative thoughts with positive once. And this is a part of brain training.
This Can Literally Transform Your Life
You can literally transform your habits to think differently. Wherever you feel weak, say that you are going to improve, you are going to be stronger and better. Just train your whole thinking and start doing it with positive thoughts.
You can literally TRAIN your BRAIN to think POSITIVELY, to respond APPROPRIATELY and I PROMISE YOU this will literally TRANSFORMyour LIFE! So train your brain to think the way you want it to think. How? By consistently and repeatedly thinking about positive thoughts that you know will bring you great success.
I know it sounds crazy, but successful people simply think differently then unsuccessful people. The Great news is that you can change the way you think! From what you think about most of the time, to how you think about challenges. Altering your thinking habits will literally alter your life.
Five Ways the Way Super Successful People Think
I will share with you five ways that super SUCCESSFUL people THINK! I am pretty sure that your first reaction would look like —Come on! How can thinking change something!– But I am here to tell you that it does change a lot! There are thinking habits and thinking patterns that actually work all the time.
Don’t you believe me? Then just give it a try and if it didn’t change anything, sue me! Oh no! I am just kidding haha. But I am super serious about those thinking habits.
As I moved through my own journey, moving from being alone, homeless and broke to what I am now, gave me huge experiences. I have been studying voraciously for about 20 years! I have been studying success principles and studying the lives of really successful men and women. And I discovered that they think differently! The way they think about a situation, the way they think in general, their habits and thinking patterns are different. And that’s the biggest determining factor! Because what we think about, we bring about!!
It is absolutely critical that if you and I want to be successful and create a life of success; like how successful people have done throughout history; then the first thing we have to do is to learn to think like they think.
#1 Successful People Think in a Successful Identity
Successful people identify themselves as a successful person. So in their mind, they say “ I am SUCCESSFUL!”. Thus, the first thing you have to do is to require a successful identity.
A loser mentality is like “I don’t know how to do this so I can’t do it”
A winner mentality is like “ I don’t know how to do it, but I am going to find out how!”
So, you have to overcome yourself doubt and overcome any thoughts that tear you down. And believe in yourself that you can figure out how to do things and work them out. Successful people eliminate the excuses and say “ I WILL BE SUCCESSFUL!” so acquire that thought habit right now and then make it happen!
#2 Successful People Think About The Result but Not The Method
Successful people are willing to do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do! For example, if you want to be really healthy and fit, then you have to forgo some of the sugar, junk and all the garbage food. You are going to have to discipline yourself to the right proportion. Well, you don’t have to go into some crazy diet but you need just to be disciplined and eat healthy food; that taste great as well; with the right amounts.
Remember, always ask yourself this: “ What is the result that I want and what is the price that I have to pay; and be willing to pay that”
FOCUS ON THE RESULT!
#3 Successful People Think: First Things First
A lot of people talk about balance, and they think that each thing needs equal time and attention and that’s just not true. Real balance, is giving each thing appropriate attention and time. Successful people think first things first. They get up in the morning, usually write a list of the things they need to do in the night before, and then they work on that list. Because they have priorities and they identify things that need to be done first.
#5 Successful People Have a Fail Forward Mentality
Really successful people view failure as fertilizer. They are willing to try and fail, knowing that that is the real path to success.
You have to get out, try, stumble and learn new things. Get out and think of failure as a way to succeed. To avoid failure is to failure! But the right way to success is not to be afraid to fail! Super successful people view failure as the path to success!
“The men and women who get on in this life are the ones who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they cannot find them, they make them.” GB Shaw. Thumbs up for Earl Nightingale and George Bernard Shaw I completely altered my life by completely altering my thinking patterns and habits. Changing your thinking changes your life. As a Man Thinketh is one the best books in print. Get a copy and read from it everyday.
How My Life Changed
I want to share a story about how my life is changed! I remember years ago, I was listening to “The Strangest Secret” by –Earl Nightingale-. I’ve probably listened to it about 50 times! In that he quoted –George Bernard Shaw– who said:
“ People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.”
That idea just blew my mind! SERIOUSLY! If we change the way we think and what we believe about our circumstances, we can create our own circumstances!
I grew up with the “Victim Mentality” where things just “happen” to me. I would say ‘I hope I’ll have a good day’ or ‘I hope that things go ok’… instead of creating and making things happen!
“Man is buffeted by circumstances so long as he believes himself to be the creature of outside conditions, but when he realises that he is a creative power, and that he may command the hidden soil and seeds of his being, out of which circumstances grow, he then becomes the rightful master of himself”
This quote is so powerful and so exciting! And so I went out deliberately to CREATcreat the life I wanted to live! And I’ve done it. My wife and I live a PHENOMENAL life together with our six children! We travel the world and live in a meaningful and purposeful way! We do work we love! And we have so much HAPPINESS and EXCITEMENT!!
I am not saying you should live our life, I am saying you should live YOUR LIFE!
So what’s your dream and how are you going to achieve it? I promise that a huge part of it will come when you take ownership of your circumstances, and you make it happen.