Let’s get started by controlling our mindset. Your thoughts lead to your beliefs. Your beliefs lead to action, or a lack thereof. And that action is going to naturally lead you to results.
Now you might be thinking, “Well how the heck do I control my thoughts?” This is a GREAT question because we humans average between 50,000 – 70,000 thoughts per day. That’d be an awful lot to control, so maybe… we need a filter? Yes indeed, a filter would be nice to cut through all that incessant chatter in the skull AND luckily for you, me and allllll those squirrels, we’re born with a reticular activating system (“The Filter”).
The RAS is a short, pencil-sized part of the brain which acts like a gatekeeper of information between most of your sensory systems, and the conscious mind. But, RAS is not the “end all, be all” to mind control.
The point I’m attempting to make is, we DO possess the power to filter our thoughts.
But it’s not as simple as flipping the switch. It takes practice to master the mind. What we need to do is advance to step two where we can acknowledge, accept, and commit to putting into practice.
We can really set the tone for our days if we “win the day early.” Whether you rise at 4am or 10am the concept remains: wake up and proceed with a routine you deem healthy to your mind and body. What we’d describe as “taking control.”
It’s a bit subjective and this is purely my opinion, but those who immediately bust out social media and scroll a mile before stepping out of bed most likely will have a far busier mind than an individual who chooses to read, meditate, or perhaps engage in some form of physical activity. Remember the goal is less thoughts, less clutter.
A piece of advice I’d give to anyone – have a plan, or build a list.
Not only does it settle the mind as we’re prone to forgetfulness, but it allows you to “own” your morning and wake up taking immediate action versus being acted upon. So as opposed to subjecting yourself to a considerable (limitless) number of outside variables and distractions, take control and allocate your energy towards the list. It doesn’t require time "thinking" about, because you’ve already done that proactively.
Okay, so we’ve got a filter and are committed to putting in the practice. We’ve also got our handy list and a general idea of what a positive morning routine looks like… now what?
Really the final step here is developing some daily affirmations. Your “WHY” is your fuel in the good times and the bad. In my own words, I’d call this the ‘truth’ you can always fall back on should you fall off the rails and begin to rebuild.
Remember, our thoughts lead to beliefs, which lead to actions, which creates results. If our end goal is positive results… Well then, we better be starting with positive thoughts, right?
I would challenge you to reflect and think about:
A powerful exercise is visualization. "See it, believe it," kind of concept. One of my favorite UFC fighters has a quote:
“I’m big into visualization. I have visualized every part of my career and thus far all of its come true. I don’t worry about my opponent or their game. I worry about my game.” - Connor McGregor
If I could tweak this just a tad – don’t worry about your game… control your game. Build your list, find your morning routine, and surround yourself with positive people and content. Your RAS, your subconscious, will take it from there – and then watch the magic start to happen.
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Jake Wagner, an Account Manager for Collabrance, is responsible for sharing, coaching, and training partners on Managed Services best practices. Jake is a great resource providing value to help partners achieve greater success in their business. Jake graduated from the University of Dubuque with a bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing.