When was the last time you wondered if you can apply some sports psychology into your life and train your mind, along with your body, to optimize performance? After conducting some long desk research on this topic, I came to one conclusion. There is no way of optimizing our performance without first realizing that what is strong in us may become even stronger by nurturing our inner stability and calmness. Let’s find out together 4 simple steps to take control of your thoughts.
Step 1: Talk About Intention
You might have noticed in the mornings after you first wake up how difficult it can be to resist scrolling through your social media feeds, emails, Watsapp, etc. Sooner or later, you might realize that this innocent habit, which at first seemed to happen almost accidentally, is unconsciously becoming a fundamental part of your morning routine.
How we decide to wake up each morning makes a big difference to our mood and our productivity. That’s why a 10’/20’ meditation has such a tremendous impact in improving our overall wellbeing. Some of you might find it challenging to meditate consistently and with discipline every single morning; that’s where the ‘intention exercise’ comes to play an important role in the way you control your emotions and your thoughts. This exercise takes just a concise amount of your time and can be practiced with ease. Once you’ve woken up, come into the lotus position, close your eyes, take a few calming breaths, and choose a single mantra you would like to bring with you throughout the day. Recite it out loud, to yourself, or write it down.
Tip: Next time you wake up, try this beautiful mantra from The Big Leap.
“I expand with abundance, success, and love every day. And I inspire those around me to do the same.”
Do this every day for one week and see how it makes you feel.
Step 2: Reprogram your Mind
Cellular biologist Bruce Lipton suggests that we can reprogram our minds two times every day. These are the moments where we can effectively ‘hypnotize’ ourselves – just before falling asleep and just as we are waking up. As you drift off, your mind moves from its active Beta state into Alpha and then Theta, before eventually dropping into Delta as we sleep. The Theta window is one of our most receptive states and responds well to the visions and suggestions that we hold in this space.
Dr. Lipton’s theory presents several ways that will enable you to access your ability to recreate your Theta state receptivity. And how this can be a conscious way to re-program your mind. The whole idea is that by deciding mindfully what you will listen to, or watch, every morning right after you wake up, and every night right before you fall asleep, you can add a tremendous positive effect in transforming your mind.
Tip: Try to listen to an inspirational 10’/20’ podcast before you go to bed from a life coach you admire most and allow yourself to fall asleep without indulging in any distractions. Do this for 7 weeks and write down any difference you notice in your productivity and performance.