I read in an article last week that most people check their phone within 2 minutes of waking up. The majority of those checking their phones are checking some form of social media. This means that most people are pushing thoughts into their minds, like affirmations, but based on what is in their social feed. We are literally conditioning ourselves to look for specific things throughout the day based on what our "friends" are clicking on. I put friends in quotations because a very large portion of who we are connected to in our social streams are not actually people that we hang out with. They are simply people that we met, either for real on just in the virtual reality of the social stratosphere, and who we have invited into our lives in order to influence our conscious filtering.
The human mind is an incredible thing! It has the power to make heaven out of hell and hell out of heaven. James Allen taught that it is our thoughts that create the very fabric of the world that we live in. This means that we are co-creators in the reality that exists for us. By observing anything through a filter of apperception, we are sorting out the things that don't fit with the filter and accepting the things that do fit. This means that you are filtering in the things that you expose yourself to and filtering out the things that are inconsistent with your programming. Because we are always programming ourselves, we must be aware of the inputs that we are seeking out and be careful that they are not taking away from our ability to see good in the world.
One of the most incredible things that I have done in my life is to create positive affirmations that I repeat morning, noon, and night. Affirmations set the tone for what we look for throughout the day. They may not be "magical" in the sense of wizards and the like. They are, however, magical in the impact that they have on what you filter into your mind and what you are able to filter out of your mind. The negative of this world is what scares people into reading more of an article. Article titles like, "You won't believe what Trump did this time!" or "Clinton has really done it this time!" are what convince people to click and read more. Regardless of what Trump, or Clinton, or Sanders, or Obama, or that guy named Fred do, I have the option to choose what I allow into my mind.
Our consciousness is filtered by the unconscious focus that we have created. You can literally take control of your world by taking control of your filters. William James, the father of American Psychology, said, "That which I perceive is my reality." This means that we can control reality by controlling perception. We control perception by controlling our filters. We establish our filters by establishing our focus, and that is done by using daily affirmations.
I would encourage you to read the following statement out loud at least first thing in the morning and the last thing before you go to bed. Do this for a week and let me know the difference it makes for you.
Affirmation: Today, I will seek out the good that exists in the world. I will see the positive that others are doing and I will unlock their potential. I am responsible for my world and I create a positive world to live in! I am in control of me and I am creating today as an awesome experience.
By simply affirming the world that you desire, you stop falling prey to the negativity in the world and you start living a life that is fulfilled, happy, and positive!
To Your Success,
Jody N Holland
"The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become."
Life is about living in such a way that you are continually moving towards the next best version of yourself. Regardless of the position that you hold in life, it is critical to evaluate yourself honestly related to where you can be, where you should be, and what possibilities lie ahead. As a young man, I was given the advice to continuously invest in my own learning so that I was always ready to move forward. Before I was a manager, I was advised to read The One Minute Manager. Before I was in sales as a professional, I was advised to read books on sales. Before I was a leader, i was challenged to read several books on how to lead and influence. With each of these books, as well as with the seminars and training programs that I went through, the foundation of what I believed about life, about others, and about those topics was challenged.
We are who we are because of the foundational beliefs that we have. Those beliefs create our thought patterns, which create our behavioral patterns, which create our results. Because we identify ourselves by the beliefs that we have, we see ourselves as the sum total of those beliefs. To sacrifice what we are / who we are is to fundamentally shift our beliefs about life and about ourselves. The day that I embraced the idea that there was always something else for me to learn was the day that I began to truly grow. That was the day that I began be willing to, at any moment, sacrifice what and who I was, in order to become who I could be.
What is the potential that is inside of you right now? What will "You 2.0" look like? I see the potential in you. I see the possibility of that next level in you! Do you?
To Your Success,
Jody N Holland
Educator * Motivator * Entertainer
Jody is a writer, motivational speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur. He has been the keynote speaker at over 250 events around the world. Jody speaks more than 150 times per year at different programs, and he has given more than 10,000 speeches during his career.