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6 Signs You Are NOT The Master Of Your Mind (And 4 Ways To Master It)

Is your mind a master or a slave

Do you master your mind? Or are you a slave to it? Before we head out and conquer the world and earn the right to call ourselves successful, we need to first take a step back and conquer ourselves.

But the sad reality is that most of the time we are a slave to our minds, instead of controlling our mind. Although we may love to believe that we are in charge of our thoughts, we lie to ourselves. Anxiety, overthinking, uncontrollable anger, and lack of emotional control are all clear and present signs that we do not control our minds.

When your emotions and behaviors are controlled by intrusive thoughts, you are no longer the master, my friend. But a slave to your own mind. 

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Master your mind
Master your mind

Mind matters: Master or slave?

“He who conquers others is strong; he who conquers himself is mighty” – Lao Tzu

Do you let your mind take charge of your life or do you use your mind to build the life you want? Here are a few ways to know if the mind is your master or the other way around –

1. Inability to think differently

Can you alter the way you think when the situation demands it? Or do you get stuck in preconceived notions? If you do not have the ability to change your thought patterns, then it is unlikely that you will master your mind. But if you can change your mindset when needed, then you will not become a slave to your mind.

By becoming aware of your thoughts, you can transform negative thoughts into realistic ones that can empower you to make better decisions in life.

Known as cognitive reframing, this psychological paradigm shift can help you change old thought patterns that do not serve you any longer and develop a more positive and new mindset.

When you identify flawed thought processes and alter how you observe and analyze ideas, emotions, experiences, situations, and events, you challenge your mind and start controlling it. Questioning your thoughts is the very first step needed to master your mind.

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2. Acting on autopilot mode 

Do you feel like going through the motions without putting in the conscious effort? Do you want to get things done without thinking about it as you are used to it? If yes, then this is one of the signs your mind is your master.

Living life on autopilot mode means that you want to engage in a comfortable and relaxed mode of thinking. And you allow your unconscious or subconscious mind to take over your actions.

This can be your way of dealing with stress, anxiety, or depression, especially when you feel burnt out or don’t have the tools to deal with it. If you feel sapped of energy and unable to deliberately function in daily life, then your mind will revert to autopilot mode.

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If you lack control over your thoughts, emotions & desires, and act impulsively most of the time, then it can be difficult to master your mind.

In fact, studies have found that high levels of impulsivity and having an escapist motivation can lead to poor emotion regulation. We will undoubtedly become a slave of our mental habits when we are not aware of our instincts and natural drives.

3. Not being mindful about your thought patterns

Do you know how you may react in a specific scenario? Are you aware how your mind works and how your thoughts affect your emotions? If you lack awareness about your own thought patterns, then I doubt you will be able to master your mind.

Our thoughts directly affect our behaviors, actions, and reactions. Negative thoughts can lead to a pessimistic attitude and lower your self-esteem and confidence. However, being self-aware of your thoughts enables you to self-evaluate and better understand your mind.

You become free from damaging cognitive biases and it helps you develop different perspectives. Not only it enables you to manage your emotions better, it also helps you strengthen relationships. All this happens when you master your mind.

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Theo Harrison

Hey there! I am just someone trying to find my way through life. I am a reader, writer, traveler, fighter, philosopher, artist and all around nice guy. I am outdoor person but heavily into technology, science, psychology, spiritualism, Buddhism, martial arts and horror films. I believe in positive action more than positive thinking.View Author posts

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