What Do You Focus On?
Be the silent watcher of your thoughts and behavior. You are beneath the thinker. You are the stillness beneath the noise. – Eckhart Tolle
I’m writing to say hello and to share something that I hope puts a smile on your face. I hope that you are enjoying these early days of September, which thankfully still feel more like summer. I’ve been busy reading, preparing and planning for the coming months in my business. I am bursting with excitement about something really special that I’ve been creating the last several months to support you to take your health and well-being to a whole new level. So stay tuned for a special email announcement very soon!
Something that I’ve learned over the last several years is that one of the most fundamental elements to making positive changes when it comes to eating and living healthfully is your mindset. Simply put, when you think that you can do something, you’re more likely to achieve it.
As the quote goes: “The mind is everything. What you think you become.” –Buddha
In other words, what you think shapes who you become and where you go. When I support my clients, they learn a lot about nutrition and healthy eating. But they learn even more about themselves, and how their thoughts, beliefs and personal truths affect their desired outcomes.
So as you gear up for the upcoming fall season, take a few moments to become what I call a conscious observer of your thoughts. If you feel stuck and you know what you “should” do to take better care of yourself, but it’s just not happening, start to become curious about what goes on in your mind.
Do you focus on the good in your life, on what you desire, the goals you would like to achieve? Do you take time to appreciate all that you have in your life that brings you joy?
Or do you dwell on what’s not working – focusing on the lack in your life and expecting bad things will happen? Do your thoughts keep you stuck in the past with no real intention to learn and move on? Are you very harsh on yourself and focused on all your weaknesses and perceived flaws?
Getting drawn into a pattern of negative thinking can be likened to building a prison in your own mind. It holds you captive. I know. I’ve been there.
We all have challenges, it’s just part of being human. And I’m not suggesting that simply putting on a happy front gets you where you want to go — but here’s the deal – we take action based on our thoughts, they directly cause our emotions, shape our identity, our behaviors and therefore ultimately create our experience of life.
So how do you move through life in a way that is practical and authentic? The first big step is being compassionate with yourself and paying attention to what you’re thinking about. And when you feel gripped with worry or fear simply try to notice those negative thoughts that generated your emotions before they gain too much momentum. By being a witness to your thinking patterns you bring in a new dimension of awareness and when this happens your thoughts (and your emotions) immediately start to lose their hold over you.
I believe we all deserve to feel good and have more love in our lives and the first step is to check in with yourself and consider how you can create more love in your thoughts and in your mind. As you practice step by step you’ll be amazed just as I am at how you can transform your health and your life from the inside out.
Enjoy your day!