Hey, you guys! Chuck here!
2016 was the best year of my life! I have had many successes! 2017 will be even better! I will have many more successes! But, how is it that I just had the best year of my life while the vast majority of people think it was totally awful? Many people have referred to 2016 as a dumpster fire! So why then did I love it so much?
It’s because what you focus on becomes your reality! I always use this analogy with people; I wear Chuck Taylors, and therefore, I live in a world where everyone wears Chuck Taylors. What you focus on becomes your reality! Because I wear Chuck Taylors, my brain immediately focuses on everyone else who wears Chuck Taylors! There could be just as many people wearing Doc Martens, I would have no idea. It’s just not what my brain focuses on and what you focus on becomes your reality. Have you ever learned a new word and then suddenly everywhere you went you kept hearing that word? That is because your brain has started focusing on it and what you focus on becomes your reality! Have you ever bought a new car and then suddenly everywhere you go you see the same model of car? That is because your brain has started focusing on it and what you focus on becomes your reality!
The good news is that we can train our brains to focus on more positive and useful things. So, for a lot of people, 2016 was the year a lot of wonderful people died and the election was totally stupid. For me, 2016 was the year I finally quit drinking, I made a lot of money doing something fun, and I discovered a secret code in reality that allowed me to become high-energy, hardworking, and happier and healthier than I’ve ever been in my adult life! Now this isn’t the same as a willful ignorance of the problems that face us. Rather, it is a recognition that we have a lot of hard work ahead of us and I’m a lot more useful to the rest of you if I’m happy, healthy, and well-rested! Rewiring your brain to focus on happier things will not only benefit you, but those you serve!
So how can we get down to the business of rewiring our brains to focus on more positive and useful things? One way to do this is to start practicing gratitude. A discipline I’ve taken up is to make a list of ten things I’m grateful for every morning. These vary from day to day, but it usually looks something like this:
- I have a reliable vehicle!
- I make more money than I need to survive!
- I have a job I enjoy!
- I have lots of free time!
- I have delightful co-workers!
- I have a maintainable diet!
- I’m high-energy!
- I have had many successes!
- I’m hardworking!
- People give me a lot of money!
If you do this everyday you will begin to rewire your brain to focus on more positive and useful things! It will also help you to see the little successes in your day to day life! And when you see the little successes than you can use them to build the foundation for your future successes! My successes of 2016 will serve as the foundation for my even greater successes in 2017! For example, I quit eating junk food in 2016! This success will serve as the foundation for the health and fitness successes I will have in 2017! I made a lot of money in 2016! In 2017 I will do a lot of cool stuff with that money!
So set aside a few minutes every morning to practice a little bit of gratitude and together we will have many successes in 2017! And if you have any questions or you have something you would like to see me talk about on this blog email me at my new high-energy email address firstname.lastname@example.org!