Our minds are the most powerful tools we have at our disposal. Thought and learning have been the greatest catalysts of good in our lives. But at the same time, if we don’t take good care of our minds, they can be one of the most destructive forces in our lives. We think on average 70,000 thoughts per day. Imagine if they were all productive! But instead there are portions that are unproductive, some are self-deprecating and generally a waste of our thinking energy. We sat down with Brad Roemer, top Oakland, CA real estate agent for his advice.
Let’s Find Out Who Is Thinking My Thoughts
Before you can become a master of the mind you have to identify the characteristic thoughts that might dominate it. You can think of it as characters.
- The Critic. This character is a bully. It’s a mix of other people’s words, your own negative self-perceptions, competitiveness and comparing oneself to others, underachieving. If you enable this mind character, he (or she. We are a modern publication) will grow stronger and consume more of your thoughts,
- Worrying Will: This is Mr. “What if?” This is the part of your brain that is fearful of the unknown and also the part of your brain that imagines tons of different scary scenarios, however unlikely.
- The Newton. “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction”. This is the impulsive part of your brain that reacts to things. Allowing this character to win means living a reactive and impulsive life and never making your own decisions.
How To Be The Master Of Your Thoughts
The human mind is unique and sets itself apart from other animals in that it’s not only capable of thought, but cable of thinking about what it is thinking. This ability to understand abstraction is something animals don’t get. It’s this ancient evolution in our brain that we’re going to use to better your thoughts. Essentially, practicing this skill is part of meditation.
Start by sitting down comfortably in a quiet place. Close your eyes and try to focus on your breathing. It’s ok if your focus gets disrupted during the mediation, as long as you catch yourself from time to time. Whenever your mind wanders, try to realize it and come back to the breathing. You will witness all kinds of thoughts pass you by, and each time you will refocus. Eventually, with much practice over many months, you will have improved the skill sufficiently to be able to maintain consistent and sustained productive focus during the day.