In any self help book that one reads there is one thing common- they all exhort us to utilize the gift that is our mind. That it is the mind that determines our happiness and success or failure in life. Or that thoughts are things and what we think is what gets reflected in our life. I could go on and on…
So it seems very simple. The mind is a very precious tool and all I have to do is to unlock this key and have a dream life.
Then why is it so difficult? Making the mind work for us seems to be the most difficult thing to ever do!
Why is it so much easier to keep repeating negative thoughts day after day when I know that I should be thinking positive thoughts?
Why is it so much easier to be fearful when I know that the very thought of fear will attract what I am fearing in my life?
Then today morning I had the answer. And you know what it is…
It is called as HABIT!
Habits of thinking in a certain way repeatedly, day after day, night after night. The mind kind of like becomes an automaton. Any disconcerting event and the mind effortlessly starts playing out those mental habits. Those habits could be anything but generally seldom do we train the mind to build habits of positive thinking. It is often filled with one liners such as… I can’t- do- this…I-am-not-worthy…this-will-never-work…things-never-go-right-for-me…kind of thoughts.
So when I spill coffee in the morning and consequently run late for work, not a very negative event in itself, but my mind starts thinking all those negative thoughts that come so naturally to it! And why not – I have trained my mind that way. And then when I tell myself to calm down and think bright happy thoughts, my habit is so strong that it overwhelms any positive thoughts that I am trying to think.
It is believed that to form a habit it takes eight long years! I guess moments of wisdom can come in a flash but really there is no shortcut to success.