• Damien Ryan

Thought Practice – How to truly change your results

One of the most impactful things I coach my clients on is thought practice. It sounds strange to think that we need to practice thinking. We all know how to think, right?

Well, we all know how to think, but it’s what we choose to think that needs practice.

Your thinking is a direct reflection of the results you’re getting in your life right now. If you’re stuck doing the same things each day, thinking the same thoughts every day, then chances are, you’ll be getting the same old results every day.

We know that our thoughts create our feelings, our feelings create our actions, and our actions create our results, so to change the results, we need to start from the beginning.

We need to practice adopting new thoughts, new beliefs and speaking to ourselves differently, so we can generate new feelings, because with inspired, motivated and powerful positive emotion comes influential, goal driven action.

Easy right? Just think better thoughts and we’ll get better results.

Not quite that easy.

Not only do we need to create a new thought, but we need to embody in, believe it and live by it. It’s just like trying anything for the first time. It’s like when you had to take your training wheels off your bike for the very first time. You have to balance properly, start peddling faster, you wobble a lot, fall off a few times, get back on and try again. After a while it’s easy. After a while you don’t even think about how to ride the bike, you just do it, it becomes natural.

So thought practice is just the same. You can’t just wake up one day and say, “I think that I’m awesome. I think that I’m sexy. I’m going to make a million dollars today.” You have to practice the thought, truly believe the thought and then go through the part where you take the training wheels off, feel that awkward, wobbly, unbalanced stage and then only once you’ve fallen off the thought a few times, got back onto it and tried it on, again and again, before it comes naturally to you, to think that way.

You’ll know when those thoughts become a part of you, because you’ll start to feel motivated. You’ll feel the powerful sensation of that forward pull that those new, resourceful thoughts and feelings have generated.

So right now, you may have some terrible thoughts that you live with. Maybe some thoughts you think every single day, that you don’t even realise you think. These unconscious thoughts are what need altering and the first part of change comes from being aware of what needs to change.

Thought awareness is a practice in itself. Have a go now. What thoughts are you having right now as you read this? What thoughts do you have when you meet a really attractive person? What thoughts do you have when you get on the phone to make sales calls? What thoughts do you have when you wake up?

You must consciously pay attention to what your brain is doing because those self-sabotaging thoughts are going to wreak havoc if you let them run around unattended. You have to tame them. You have to catch the old thoughts, tie them up, and practice putting the new, resourceful thoughts in their place. You actually have to tell your mind what to think and how to act.

When you decide consciously what thoughts you want to adopt and believe and you practice them enough, they then become your unconscious competence. Notice what your current daily thoughts are, change them to what you want to be thinking, and then practice your new, powerful thoughts until they become your truth.

So, then the question becomes, what new thoughts do I need, to get the results that I want?

Decide first what you want to feel, create, and do in your life. How do you want to feel when you wake up? When you go to work? When you go on holidays? Also think about what you want to create. What sort of lifestyle do you want? What days do you want to work and not want to work? Where do you want to live? How much money do you want? What does life look like to you? And then what do you want to do? Do you want to take 3 months off a year? Do you want to travel with the family?

Think about how life looks in your future, how you feel in that life and everything you’ve done to achieve it.

Now, with those questions answered, ask yourself, what thoughts do I need to believe in, to create and feel and do what it is I want to do?

Firstly, you might need to believe that having that life is actually possible. That you are worthy of a life of your dreams. That you have the ability to create it. That you have a great support network. Tell yourself that you are in the process of working towards a certain role or income. That you’re on the right track. That you have an amazing coach. Believe that you’re going to hit your biggest target ever, by next week, or next month. Believe that just because you haven’t achieved this goal before, doesn’t mean you won’t this time.

You need to make a list of all the thoughts you could possibly imagine, that you’d rather think and believe. Let those thoughts come out and onto the paper so you can see them. This list of powerful thoughts is your new mindset training facility. These are the thoughts you consciously need to tune into and check in with all the time!

Remember, these new thoughts must be believable to you, when your read them. They must make sense and be your truth. If you write down a thought that you really don’t quite believe in, then leave it off for now. Only thoughts that align with you and that you genuinely believe, the thoughts that you can connect with your feelings and with the truth of the statement, are the ones that can be ingrained as unconscious powerful thoughts that will dramatically change the course of your success.

Creating the results you want in life come from the actions you take. The actions you take come from the thought filters you choose to live through. The only way to strengthen these filters and choices are by using them. Read your new thought lists every, single day. Have these thoughts written on your phone, sticky note them to your computer, put them in your wallet or handbag.

If you’re serious about creating a high level of achievement in life, you need to take the time to organise your mind and take notice of what thoughts you’re using to filter your results.

When you start to choose the thoughts you actually want to believe in life and be conscious of them, you’ll begin to establish a really beautiful relationship with yourself. You’ll start to notice that you’re becoming the person you’ve always wanted to be.

Most people will never feel this way. Most people will never find the person they’ve always wanted to be. Why? Because most will say they’re too busy, they’re too overwhelmed, there’s no time to slow down and think about what they really want, or how to get it. They’d rather run around being really busy, over working, overeating, over drinking, trying to forget, focusing on all the obligations in life. But life is a choice and so are the thoughts that you use, to run your life through.

Just stop for a moment. Go into your mind and clean it out. See what’s already in there, see what you’ve been paying attention to and actively replace the nonsensical mindset, with new thoughts, by practising them.

The journey to finding your motivation, your inspiration, your creativity, and ultimately who you’ve always wanted to be, is through consciously choosing the thoughts that will light the fire within you.

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