1. The problem is rarely the problem – 99% of the harm is caused in your head, by you and your thoughts. 1% of the harm is caused by the reality, what actually happens, and the outcome. Most of the time, the problem isn’t the problem. The way you think about the problem is.
2. Avoid self-rejection – Don’t think you deserve that opportunity? Apply for it anyway. Don’t think your article is good enough? Publish it anyway. Don’t think they’ll reply to your email? Send it anyway. Never overthink yourself into self-rejection.
3. Silence and time – The truth is, most problems aren’t solved with more thinking. You’ll find most of the answers you’re looking for in silence, in time, and with a clear mind. If you can’t solve a problem, stop trying to.
4. An important question – When you start criticizing yourself for past mistakes or seeing disaster around every corner, ask yourself: “Is there anything I can do right now to change the past or positively influence the future?” If the answer is yes, do it – take action. If the answer is no, be at peace – let it go. You have to take action or let it go, everything else is self-harm.
5. The power of now – You’re not going to overthink your way to a better future. You’re not going to overthink your way to a better past. All you have is now. And what you can do with now can make right of your past and make good of your future. Make peace with yesterday, let go of tomorrow, and grab hold of now.
6. Fact-check your own thoughts – Your thoughts will create scenarios in your mind that reflect your insecurities, fears, and worries. So it’s important to always fact-check your own thoughts before accepting them. Because, in highly emotional situations, your thoughts will tell you stories that aren’t true. Fact-check yourself.
7. Acceptance is peace – No amount of anxiety will change your future, and no amount of anxiety will change your past. Peace is found in acceptance:
- Accept imperfection.
- Accept uncertainty.
- Accept uncontrollable.
You don’t have to understand, tolerate or even forget something, but if you want peace, you must accept it.
8. Health starts in your mind – You can go to the gym, eat healthy, do yoga, drink water, and take vitamins. But if you don’t directly confront the negativity in your thoughts, you will never truly be “HEALTHY”. Our health isn’t measured on scales, by the size of our muscles or by the width of our waist. True health is measured by the quality of our thoughts and the peacefulness of our minds.
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This article is a great reminder that most problems are caused by our own thoughts and it’s important to fact-check them before accepting them. Acceptance and a peaceful mind are key to true health.
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Thanks Val for your revert and time to go through the blog. Deeply appreciated and so true the facts are…