If you went to the gym every day for six months what would your body look like? You would be in good shape, looking better than you did six months previous.
What if you then didn’t go gym for the next six months how would you look then?
Just as physical exercise is good for our bodies and keeps us fit and healthy, so the brain needs exercise. And that exercise needs to be regular.
I have heard people say ‘I worked on my mind for a while and no matter what I did I couldn’t get rid of these negative thoughts’ or ‘I’ve done all the workshops, motivation videos and I even had a life coach. Everything was good for me then but now I feel flat again’
Firstly, working on having a positive and healthy mindset doesn’t happen overnight. Just like going to the gym you don’t see results straight away. In fact it can take 28 days of mindset work before you see any changes. This is because the brain has to rewire negative patterns to positive ones.
Referring to the second quote: Personal development is a lifelong practice. You have to keep working at it. The best part is the early days because you find a new a way of thinking and living that you possibly thought not possible, and though you never go back to the deepest darkest days because of the awareness you gain, you still need to put in regular mindset work to keep you mentally healthy. Jean-Claude Van Damme didn’t get that body from doing one fitness programme and then stopping. He continued doing fitness programmes and built his body up with dedication and hard work.
The brain needs regular exercise, so that it doesn’t get weak and stays strong like van damme’s muscles , in fact the brain is the strongest and most important muscle of all. So, it is important that we visit the thought gym everyday or at least regularly.
Going to the thought gym means:
taking time out on your own to check in with yourself and how you are thinking.
Saying affirmations to yourself like I AM FEARLESS, or I AM POWERFUL are great thought gym exercises.
Spending a couple of minutes thinking about how you want your day to go and how to go about achieving it is another great thought gym exercise.
Next is the I CAN, I WILL, I MUST exercise. Think to yourself or say out loud your positive desires to the three openers.
Finally closing your eyes and visualise yourself having a good day, is a good way to finish of your thought gym exercises.
All that leaves me to say is:
Would you ever forget to brush your teeth?
Then thought gym should be no different.
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