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Clarity and positive attitude – morning habits part 3

16 Feb

Journaling is one of the easiest ways to contribute into your wellbeing. Just grab a pen and let your thoughts and emotions flow to the paper. The simple process of writing things down brings intellectual clarity, emotional stability and broader perspective. And if you decide to focus on specific topics, you can consciously build new patterns for your thinking.

Journaling can vary from few minutes of jotting down quick ideas, to hours of contemplative writing. Due to the limited time before work, I have selected to do very concise morning-journaling – I usually write down less than 10 words. Continue reading

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Evening reflection, re-grooving your mind

19 Nov

Our minds are like record players, playing the tune that is imbedded into the grooves of the disc. The music in our heads, our thoughts and thinking patterns, eventually define our emotions and drive our behaviour. So let’s select the record that makes us feel funky!

If you would follow your mind-chatter for one day, you would notice that most of your thoughts are repetitive, continuously there to affirm your perception of the world. Some of your automatic thoughts are helping you to live the life you want (I will succeed in this task, I like working with people), while some stop you from shining in your life (I’m too lazy to do sports, I don’t have the willpower to stop eating sweets).

There are various ways to influence our subconscious thinking, the way we have grooved our mind. For example:

  • meditation helps to build awareness of our own thinking patterns
  • goal setting & visualisation exercises create new reference points for our subconscious
  • self-talk / affirmations help us to replace the dysfunctional thoughts with more positive thinking ways

My personal favourite for re-grooving my mind is to reflect on the past day before going to bed. To give structure for my evening reflection, I have selected some important qualities of the ‘ideal’ me. Almost every evening I take time to think through my day and to write down example situations on how I have lived these qualities. For example, I reflect each evening if / how I have:

  1. used my knowledge & creativity
  2. showed understanding towards other people
  3. been happy about my life

By having done this for the past 2 years, I have noticed the following benefits:

  • Awareness: by thinking through my day each evening, I have started to be more aware of my behavioural / thinking patterns
  • Behaviour: by keeping the same focus areas for longer time, my subconscious has started to seek possibilities in everyday life to behave in line with my ‘ideal’ qualities
  • Satisfaction: every evening I am enjoying small moments of victory, as I’m able to show to myself how I have been living the ‘ideal’ me through my everyday actions

For most of the people (including me), our lives are not yet perfect. So if you want to get different results from what you get nowadays, it might be time to create some new grooves and start dancing to the new tunes.