Mind habits are a powerful force influencing everything we do. When we learn to shape and master our habits of mind we can create more of what we want. On the other hand, when the habits of the mind are running our lives we continue to get what we've always gotten - for better or worse.
Habits are a powerful force in our lives that can work for us or against us. Our habits of mind are especially influential and will determine the course of our life if we let them. This is why we need to become aware of our mind habits and shape them as best we can to help us lead the kind of life we want.
To a large extent gaining mastery over our mind habits requires stepping out-of-the-mind - stepping out of our old patterns of thought and action - to develop new ways of thinking and doing.
We need to know that we can change - even though we may have failed to do so successfully in the past. We need to know that stepping out-of-the-mind is all that is really required. We can leave our old selves behind and step into something fresh and new.
Here are the six habits of mind to master:
Notice that I'm not talking about eliminating mind habits since the mind is a part of who we are. Our hope and challenge is to learn to work with our mind to our highest benefit. Let's take this opportunity to shine a light on these habits, examine them, understand them - and get to know ourselves better. Then we'll be able to create what we reallywant in our life.
Are you comfortable? This is what the mind wants to know. Seeking comfort is a very powerful mind habit, and for good reason. Clinging to our comfort zone is the first of the six mind habits we do well to manage.
It should be said that a certain level of comfort, safety and security is essential for powerful personal growth, self improvement and motivation. To venture into the unknown, where expansion and personal growth reside, we need a strong platform to launch ourselves from. We need a place we can call home; a place we know we can fall back on to replenish.
If we lack this fundamental base then our first priority should be to create it in our lives. Without such a foundation to operate from we will have difficulty facing the challenge of change. We won't have the strength, will or desire to put our comfort zones to the test.
Once we've established a secure foundation we should not forget to use it for what it was meant for - to allow us to venture with strength into the unknown and bring back new found knowledge, skills and experience.
This is the dynamic balance we need to maintain for optimal self improvement and personal growth. We need a base of comfort and security but it isn't the goal. Like pounding spikes into a cliff face to ascend to greater heights, we use our current comfort zones to boost us to the next level.
We know we're being mastered by our comfort zones when...
We know we're mastering our comfort zones when...
Working with habits of mind is a profound path to personal growth, self improvement and motivation. The power of mind habits comes from the subconscious mind. They reside beneath the threshold of our conscious awareness.
Consciously, we become aware of the multiple problems these habits create. We try to consciously solve them in a variety of ways, yet our attempts often prove superficial and of limited effect. As long as the root remains untouched, we will continue to struggle with them.
Mind habits are best dealt with by working directly with the subconscious mind. You will find many tools on this site that can help.
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