The top of the ladder is your natural state; this is where you thrive. When you move up the ladder, your perspective changes, and you can begin to operate from a place of calm confidence. It is the top of the ladder where you will always do your best work and operate with a lens of opportunity.
You can move up and down the ladder all day. Have you ever woken up feeling so energised, and by midday, you are wondering where your enthusiasm went? How can you possibly be filled with so much overwhelm and fear?
The difference between staying at the top of the ladder and moving back down is when you start to believe your thoughts. Imagine shaking a snow globe and letting all the little pieces fall to the bottom. You don’t try and catch every single piece; it would be an exercise in futility. It’s the same with your thinking.
Allow the thoughts to come but do not try and grab them and hang onto them. Notice them and allow them to pass without attaching to the story.
For example, you may be in the habit of telling yourself that you are not good enough. If you believe this thought, you will allow your operating system to run the story of not being good enough, and this immediately drops you to the bottom of the ladder.
When you notice the thought, redirect your mind and ask for the proof. Then focus on gratitude to ground yourself again.
8. Final Thoughts.
“If you want to do more, be more and have more, it all begins with the voice that no one hears” — Tim Ferriss
Managing your mind is an essential self-leadership skill to develop during this pandemic and beyond. It is the difference between operating in stress and overwhelm versus calm confidence.
Follow the simple process of becoming aware of your thinking, interrupting the pattern and creating a default thought to make your mind a much more enjoyable place to be.
Every thought is a micro choice and affects the trajectory of how you spend your days. Author, Dr Joe Dispenza, reminds us:
“It makes sense that we should concentrate not merely on avoiding negative emotions, like fear and anger, but also on consciously cultivating heartfelt, positive emotions, such as gratitude, joy, excitement, enthusiasm, fascination, awe, inspiration, wonder, trust, appreciation, kindness, compassion and empowerment to give us every advantage in maximising our health.
Every time we have a thought, we make a chemical. If we have good thoughts, we make chemicals that make us feel good. And if we have negative thoughts, we make chemicals that make us feel exactly the way we are thinking.”
Unfortunately, this is not a full-proof formula and even when you know it, you can still get triggered and caught up in the daily stresses and start to believe that inner critic.
Mindfulness is called a practice for a reason but the more awareness you can begin to bring to your thinking, the easier it will become to navigate the time ahead.
With daily practice, you can train your brain to think differently and begin to act differently.
In the words of Benjamin Disraeli — “Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.”
Here’s to owning your headspace,
Written by: Lori Milner Originally appeared on: Beyond The Dress Republished with permission