I believe in the power of the mind.
The mind is the most powerful tool we will ever possess and it should be nurtured like any other muscle in your body. Your mindset controls your moods, thoughts, actions, and overall outlook on life.
It’s all about perspective. If you believe you’re a victim of your circumstances, that’s exactly what you’ll become. If, on the other hand, you choose to be in command of your life and your destiny, then that will be your reality.
Henry Ford said it best; “Whether you think you can, or you can’t — you’re right.”
The Law of Attraction
The Law of Attraction is yet another example of how powerful our mindsets are. This law expresses that if you wish to attract positive effects into your life, you must focus on the positive.
The movie “The Secret” does a fantastic job of explaining The Law of Attraction and showcasing numerous case studies of people who have managed to manifest their dreams or overcome severe illnesses—simply through the power of mindset.
You are what you think. If your thoughts are unhappy, then that’s the signal you’re broadcasting out into reality. The universe will respond by sending you more unhappiness.
Your mindset controls your universe. If you want to change your life, you must change your perspective. It’s that simple.
The Power of Gratitude
To initiate change, I suggest starting small and simple. Begin by practicing gratitude — instead of focusing on what’s “wrong” in your life, begin audibly expressing what you’re grateful for.
It requires daily practice, and although it may seem straightforward, it’s far from easy. When you get up in the morning, be thankful for one more gifted day. When you eat your first meal of the day, say a quick ‘thank you’ to the universe for providing a meal.
You can’t just say you’re going to feel grateful—you have to be in earnest and truly express what you’re grateful for.
The Power of Appreciation
I recommend selecting a trinket or something similar you can place in a visible area that will remind you to practice gratitude. Some use sticky notes and place them on their bathroom mirrors. Others carry these gratitude inspiring items in their pocket, and every time they touch it, they take a minute to appreciate the positive.
I keep a tiny “Buddha” that sits in my car and on my desk, and every time I see it, I just internally recite something that I am grateful for. So, even on a day when things might be rough, it’s easy to redirect my thoughts back towards gratitude.
The Purpose of Affirmations
Affirmations are a powerful way to replace negative thoughts with positive ones. They can be used as an easy, everyday habit—or in more intense situations, affirming statements provide us with guidance and strength when we feel vulnerable.
If you constantly tell yourself that you’re not good enough, smart enough, or worthy of success, guess what?
You won’t be.
However, if you start affirming positive things about yourself regularly, you and the universe will begin to align, and your outlook will be different.
You can create a series of affirmations for yourself and place them all over your home or office or even download an app that feeds your affirmations. The trick, just like being grateful, is that you have to put your full mind into believing your assertion.
My affirmation?, “I am strong, I am fierce, I am loving, I am loyal.”
Reciting this to myself is more than just saying words—this affirmation fills a place in my mind where any doubt may try to force its way in.
When I feel strong, I can’t be weak.
When I’m fierce, nothing can stop me.
When I’m loving, the world sends love to me.
Knowing I’m loyal reaffirms I won’t accept anything less from the people around me.
The Power of Manifestation
C.S Lewis understood the power of manifestation as he said “We are what our mindset tells us we can be.” This is an amazing insight into how your thoughts affect not only yourself but also other people in a very real way!
Manifesting is the ability to create something in your life using your thoughts and beliefs. It’s all about what you’re proclaiming from your internal dialogue and what views you’re permitting to consume your mind.
Your Mind is the Key to Reality
The clearer you can see your destination, the faster and easier it will be to get there.
The better you become at manifesting, the more control you will have over your life and your destiny. You must be mentally ready to receive anything that comes your way. An improved mental state will help open you up for positive change.
Let’s be realistic. Bad things happen. Unforeseen bills come in the mail. Cars break down. Finances get difficult at times. Lovers cheat. Kids get into trouble. I’m not suggesting we should all become eternal optimists; rather just recognize these things for what they are: temporary glimpses into an ever-changing world where anything can happen (and often do).
What I am suggesting is that you have the power to attract more good things into your life. You can manifest more of what you want into your life. You can change how you perceive the universe around you.
Begin teaching yourself that “bad things” aren’t happening to you—they’re happening around you. Now control how it affects you.
When something goes wrong, you need to look at it as an opportunity to learn. Redirect your sadness and frustrations over these “bad things” and turn them into motivations for manifesting positive thoughts.
You may think I’m crazy, but I’ve sat in many “dark places” in my life. I’ve realized over the last several years I wasted so many opportunities to improve by feeling sorry for myself.
By reminding myself every day to check in on my mindset, practice gratitude, and utilize affirmations, I’m now in a position where I can handle anything the universe throws my way.
“People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” – Rob Siltanen.
Last modified: August 15, 2022