There is a problem. I have noticed that sometimes there are things said that I can’t hear. Chalk it up to growing up in the 60’s and Pink Floyd or maybe too many 20 gauge shotgun rounds with my grandfather but sometimes I don’t hear what is said around me.
I did go have it tested and the official result is I have some ranges in my hearing that don’t work as well as others. One is the exact frequency of my wife’s voice. Go figure!
Anyway, that is not the point today. My point is the voice you never have trouble hearing. The one in your head. The things you say to yourself when you are faced with something you perceive as hard. Losing weight. Making phone calls to generate business. Going to the gym. Writing for your blog that you started a year ago and still have 2 articles.
Proverbs 23:7 says “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” I know this from real experience.
Henry Ford said “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.”.
When we think something is true we see things to confirm it. Our brain filters out things that don’t match up with what we think is true. Our ego wants to be right but if what we think of our self is wrong we end up failing at that desire to be better, to have more business, to lose weight or any other endeavor that improves our lives.
Sometimes those voices we hear sound like the people that were around us as we grew up. My grandparents said the same thing every time I voiced the words “I can’t”. My grandfather would say “Can’t crapped his pants!”. It made me laugh and it made a point. I over came a lot in my young life because of those words. It still makes me smile when I think about that time.
So whose voice do you hear in your head? The dad who was frustrated and called you a big dummy? The grandfather saying things that encouraged you? Your best friend in school who made you laugh or the bully that called you names to painful to repeat or even write down?
So how do you focus on the right things? Well, the word ‘focus’ gives us the answer. Our brain is only able to do one thing at a time in our conscious mind. If we focus on good messages then the bad ones can’t be in the same place at the same time. It takes practice and motivation but you can overcome the bad messages in your head.
Here is a trick I read about this week where Bob Goff charges himself $500 every time he thinks a negative thought. My mentor Mo Anderson also talked about it yesterday in our video session together. Seems I have been flooded with this message this week and that is what prompted me to share it with you.
Pay attention to the negative words you say to yourself about you and others. Overcome them with something positive and keep doing it. At first it takes discipline but eventually your habit will be to think good thoughts and you can then use your discipline to create a new habit. One thing at a time.
Have a great day and let me know if I can do anything to help. Business or beyond, just let me know what you need.
Thanks for listening,
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