He who knows much about others may be learned, but he who understands himself is more intelligent. He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.
In my post, "What Light's Your Fire?", I challenged you with a clue-in exercise for the purpose of becoming mindful of the patterns of thoughts, behaviors and activities that inspires you to think, feel, and behave more passionately and confident towards life.
If you haven't completed the short exercise, I recommend that you click on this link and do so. The wisdom of Lao Tzu in the above quote sheds light on this universal principle, "know yourself to grow yourself".
Mastering Your Mind Chatter
Think back to your childhood. Recall those moments when you and your friends played "red-light/green light, "mother may I" and "hide n seek". Do you remember how oblivious you were to the time when you were engrossed in these and other childhood activities?
As adults, when we are fully engaged in activities and tasks which fuel our passions and confidence, we get into a psychological state of "flow" which increases our satisfaction, productivity and performance in our life. This supports our progress and well-being and increases our happiness.
Too often as adults, we accept this notion that we have to adopt a "serious approach" towards life which often robs us of our ability to fully engage our life with passion and confidence.
When this happens, we find ourselves constantly focused on our mind chatter instead of being fully present and maximizing NOW!
Take the experiences that you want to manifest in your life now, how often have you allowed your mind chatter of fear, doubts and uncertainty rob you of your confidence to take action towards them? We've all been there. But, we are striving to move on, right?
Mindfulness Helps to Manage Negative Mind Chatter
As long as we live, we'll have to contend with mastering our mind chatter. One of the ways in which I have been able to successfully develop and nurture mind chatter that inspires my passion and self-confidence is through the practice of mindfulness. Mindfulness is present moment awareness.
In this present moment, I want you to be open to remembering times which you have succeeded toward the attainment of a goal, and/or manifesting "better" conditions in your life. You had to display a strength of spirit and determination to overcome the challenges that you faced to make it happen, right?
When you were caught up in the midst of the situation, you were oblivious to distractions because your mind was focused on what you could do right then, in the present, to change the situation. Have you ever looked back on your life and wondered to yourself, "how did I do that"?
Your passion towards a specific purpose had you fully engaged at the time. You were in a zone, similar to what athletes experience. You weren't focused on any negative mind chatter, you were focused on taking action and making better happen!
Remembering Your Successes Gets You Into "Your Zone"
Developing the ritual of "remembering to remember" your successes amplifies the strength of your spirit, courage and character. Your successes shows you and the world what you're working with from the inside-out. You can only manifest outside of you, what exists within you.
Reconnecting to your inner strengths by remembering the times in your life in which you took the blows of heartache, disappointment and adversity and still got back up and moved on, speaks to how strong you really are!
Reconnecting to your inner strengths provides you with clarity. Clarity empowers you to effectively navigate your way forward in such a way that brings out the best in you and serves your highest good.
You've been underestimating the power that already exists within you to manifest what you want in life.
As you become more and more conscious of the strength that dwells within you to live by faith and not fear, to be courageous and take steps toward manifesting the experiences you want in life, you will inhabit "your zone" and it will inspire a greater sense of passion and confidence within you.
I want to hear your thoughts. How has recalling your past successes enabled you to "see" the strength of the power that already dwells within you? How will it help you get into "your zone" to tap into your passion and build your confidence? Share your comments below.
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