1. Take Control of Input into Your World I love acronyms and several years ago I started using this one: G.O.D. It stands for “Get Over Distractions.”
We are so easily distracted: TV, radio, newspapers, others, sounds, noises, smells, thoughts, worries, food, drink, shopping, drama (ours and others) . . . things that glitter!… they don’t stop. Well, they can stop . . . but it takes mental and psychological decision, focus and attention to do it.
Stopping the inflow of information and distractions is a personal choice, job and responsibility.
It takes a higher level of consciousness, or being “sick and tired of being sick and tired” at first, then to come from a conscious, healthy decision and act on new choices to stop being distracted into crisis, chaos and dramas. Eliminate distractions as often as possible. Shut off the TV. Listen to nothing. Do fun and interesting things. Read books instead of the newspaper. Be with positive people more often. BE positive more often.
A great life is the result of eliminating distractions. Up to 75% of your mental energy can be tied up in things that are draining and distracting you. Eliminating distractions can be a difficult concept to manypeople, since they haven’t really considered that there is another way to live. Look around at someone’s life you’re you admire. What do they do that you would like to incorporate into your own life? Ask them how they did it. Find ways to free up your mental energy for things that are more important to you.
2. Take Control of Your Thoughts What do you want? What do you REALLY want in your life? When our thoughts are being distracted or numb all day, we don’t make the best decisions for ourselves. Regrets build, resentment, anger, sadness, depression, stress… . A great life is the result of controlling your thoughts so that you accept and allow for the possibility that good stuff actually can happen to you! Your belief in the outcome will directly dictate how successful you are. Motivated people have specific goals and look for ways to achieve them. Believing there is a solution to the same old problems you encounter year after year is vitally important to creating a life that you love. Whatever you think and believe, you create. Listen to what you’re telling yourself, and adjust that voice if you need to.
3. Take Control of Your Responses to Life Choose to wake-up every moment to be more conscious, and stay awake. Stop reacting – start acting. Events are just events, don’t give them your energy. Nothing happens “to you”… stuff is always happening whether you’re there or not!
4. Take Control of Your Choices and Priorities Make the most positive, healthy choices you can at every moment. We meet the “Y” in the road many times a day, make the best decision you can and change it quickly if it feels wrong. Accept whatever happens and move on even if it wasn’t the best way to go. You did the best you could with the information you had at the time. So does everyone else.
5. Take Control of Your Time This is about distractions too, but also about just not paying attention to what you want and taking the matching action to go there. If you feel you “don’t have time” to sit and be silent, meditate, play, or do nothing, you’re wrong! You can find even one minute at a time to just breathe and be; to see the sky and enjoy the clouds; to stop and smell the alfalfa! I grew up in a farming community in Nebraska. I LOVE the smell of fresh cut alfalfa, it stops me in my tracks! Make time even in small increments to stop, be quiet, walk, play, enjoy your life, appreciate life itself. This will ripple into all other areas and you will see changes happening.
6. Take Control of Your Schedule and Events No one can make you do anything! Take charge of your schedule and the events in which you take part. Unless you have the “String Theory of the Universe – Other Realm” thing down, you can’t be everywhere at once! Think Amish.
7. Take Control of Your Social and Support Group Choose the Best Quality Relationships. Say no. Make healthy boundaries.
8. Take Control of Clutter: Declutter, Inside and Out Let go of people, places, things and thoughts that do not support your highest good. For several years I was a Chemical Dependency Counselor and this was a statement every patient and client got many times while in treatment. I find this statement important in every life wanting to make positive and healthy changes.
9. Take Control of Your Needs: Risk to Be, Do and Have More of What Supports Your Balanced Life What do you hear yourself thinking and saying that you “need” to be happier, calmer, less stressed, more balanced, more centered? Start creating and making these things your reality. Do what it takes to make these changes come true. You’re the only one who can!
10. Take Care of Your Health and Wealth “Get Well, Be Well, Stay Well” reads a sign in my chiropractors office. When will you start living well? When you start living well! Start now! There is no “someday when.”
Health is your greatest wealth, but taking care of your wealth is also important. Learn how to manage the money you have so that you can manage more money well when it shows up!
And remember, the next brain you save may be yours!