Think about the way you approach each day. Is it driven by the same pattern of behaviours and thinking?
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Do you wake pondering the same problems in the same way, get out of bed on the same side, have a similar conversation with your partner, then drive to work the way you always do, to sit in the same office chair, approaching the same challenges and hurdles in the same old way?
Sounds familiar? Then you’re not alone. As one of my favourite authors and scientists Dr Joe Dispenza explains, most of us think, behave and respond to things in the same way each day.
He argues it’s almost hardwired into us and preprogrammed, based on a litany of emotions and experiences that we may not even be consciously aware of.
The thing is, if you’re living these emotions and behaviours each day, chances are you’re repeating the same old activities and thought patterns that have delivered you to where you are now.
But if that’s not where you want to be or if it’s not giving you the joy and success you deserve, then something needs to change.
Rivers can and do alter course
Think about a river. Way back when that river started as a trickle, which became a rivulet, then a stream, then a body of flowing water that got wider and deeper over time.
It developed this way because the same behaviour occurred each time it rained. The water flowed in the same way to the same place, with all trickles leading to the same spot so the river became more entrenched in the landscape.
Our thoughts and behaviours are a bit like that river. If we have the same response to the same stimuli, that thinking gets deeper and wider, with all events leading to the same torrent of behaviour and activity.
The same result then gets repeated again and again. For some of us that result is not what we want, or it’s one we feel could be improved. It’s a destination that’s not serving us well, so we need to alter course.
And as Dr Dispenza goes on to explain, changing that path is possible. It involves challenging your thinking, checking your emotions, and plotting a new map.
However, the hardest part of affecting that change is making a different choice to what you did the day before.
Do you have five minutes?
Changing the patterns and behaviours that run deep involves challenging the emotions and thoughts that drive that behaviour.
And this challenge can begin with just five, 10 or 15 quiet minutes a day. It’s five minutes where instead of letting your routine behaviours and activities play out, you envisage who you want to be and what you want to occur.
There’s power to this picture that you create in your mind. It’s forming a new path, new rivulets and, ultimately, the river to a new destination that you choose, rather than being fuelled by programmed behaviours that inevitably deliver the same result they always have.
I’m not talking idle wishful thinking here or mumbo jumbo conjuring, but allowing yourself to envisage the result you want, and checking then letting go of the emotions that have traditionally driven the activity that has taken you on your previous path.
As Dr Dispenza says, when you do this, you’re no longer living and thinking in the past, but instead mapping your future.
You are no longer a victim of your world, but its creator. And that’s empowering, highly liberating, and a significant step towards the success you desire.
In his words, you can’t wait for your success to feel empowered. You can’t wait for wealth to feel abundant. That’s waiting for something outside of us to change how we feel inside of us.
So check your thoughts. The more conscious you become of your unconscious state of the mind, the more unlikely you are to allow thoughts to slip by unchecked.
And that’s how you take the first step on a journey that allows you to brainwash yourself to success, whether it’s in real estate or life in general.
If this resonated in any way, shape or form, you can hear all about it and so much more in Dr Dispenza’s own words here.
Manos Findikakis is the CEO of Agents'Agency.
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