5 Ways to Reprogram Your Mind

We become what we think about all day long. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

What do you think about? Do you ever pay attention to the song that gets stuck in your head? What about the video clip that seems to be burned into your mind’s eye hours after you watched it? Did you ever imagine the things you exposed your mind to on a regular basis could have a long-lasting effect on you?

Take any aspect of our current political environment. Regardless of chosen sides, every aspect can be perceived as negative. Consume enough political news throughout the day and soon you will be seeing the negative around every corner.

Now look at the videos, music, and social media you consume. Is what you are consuming in line with where you want to be in the future? Does it match your current set of values? If not, what are the chances of your values going to the same level as the media you consume?

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All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become. –Buddha

Your mind is one of your most valuable resources. To get where you want to go in life, you have to ensure your mind is functioning at an optimal level. Fortunately, our minds are programmable. We can believe what we want to believe. We can consume what we want to consume. We can protect our minds from the media that is preventing us from achieving our goals.

In his book, Speaking to Win, Brian Tracey makes a great point about our minds and thinking:

The highest-paid and most valuable work in America is thinking. This is because, of all things that people do, thinking has the greatest possible consequences. The better you think, the better decisions you make. The better decisions you make, the better actions you will take. The better actions you take, the better results you will get, and the better will be the quality of your life and work. Everything begins with thinking.

With this in mind, here is a simple list to help reprogram your mind:

1. Define your values or what you want to value. This can be a goal, it can be what you want to stand for, or it can be who you want to be.
2. Program your mind by consuming the things that will help get you closer to your destination.
3. Discern what media is pulling you away from the path.
4. With discipline, turn away or turn off, the unproductive media. You have to learn to say no to the things that pull you away. They are vying for your attention and your time.
5. Do the work. Here is your call to action. Your mind, by this time, should be in the right place. But without working toward your goals and values, you will have only unused knowledge. What is the point of that? Take what you have learned, act on it, and see how far you can go.

Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results. –Willie Nelson

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