Change Your Mind

Everything starts in your mind.

Change Your Mind - Positive Psychology from Sister Hazel

Like Sister Hazel says, if you want to be somebody else, change your mind.
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Every action starts with a thought. Every invention starts with an idea. Every outcome starts with a picture. Everything starts in your mind.

So, like Sister Hazel says, if you want to be somebody else, change your mind.

If you want to make more money, change your mind. Stop playing the victim and telling yourself that the little man never gets ahead. Stop saying that “this is all they pay” when you know that someone is making more. Change your mind. 85% of millionaires are first generation, self-made millionaires. You can be too.

If you want to be kinder and gentler, change your mind. Believe that you can be. Believe that you can break the cycle of violence, negativity, and harshness from your father or mother. Then do it.

If you want to be more outgoing, change your mind. Decide to be more outgoing and tell yourself every day, every hour, every minute if you have to that you are outgoing and that you are attracting people by your personality.

If you want to start your own business, change your mind. Decide to start your own business. Stop telling yourself every reason why you cannot do it and…well, just do it.

I used to listen to this song back in 2000 because it was catchy. It took me twelve long years to get it. But now I see that Sister Hazel has a valuable life lesson in their song. They are philosopher-poets indeed.

Enjoy the song and the lyrics below. Then share in the comments below how YOU are going to change your mind today. What negative thoughts do you need replace with positive thoughts? How do you see your life changing because of this?

Hey, Hey
Did you ever think
There might be another way
To just feel better,
Just feel better about today

Oh no-
If you never want to have
To turn and go away
You might feel better,
Might feel better if you stay

Action item: Start making positive declarations today.

Yeah yeah
I bet you haven’t heard
A word I’ve said
Yeah yeah
If you’ve had enough
Of all your tryin’
Just give up
The state of mind you’re in:

If you want to be somebody else,
If you’re tired of fighting battles with yourself
If you want to be somebody else
Change your mind…

Hey hey-
Have you ever danced in the rain
Or thanked the sun
Just for shining- just for shining
Over the sea?
Oh no- take it all in
The world’s a show
And yeah, you look much better,
Look much better when you glow

Hey hey-
what ya say
We both go and seize the day
’cause what’s your hurry
what’s your hurry anyway

Question: How are you going to change your mind today? What negative thoughts do you need to get rid of and replace with positive thoughts? How do you see your life changing because of this? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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  • What a wonderful start to my day. Powerful, uplifting music and an empowering message from Matt. Thanks, brother, for giving me a lot to smile about this morning. With God’s help, I really can get moving in a better direction!

    I’m going to make this weekend in particular all about family. Because I’m always telling myself there will be time later, but now my daughter’s almost 9, which means she’s halfway to 18. There’s not a lot of “later” left!

    • Hey hey-
      what ya say
      We both go and seize the day

      Have a great weekend brother!

  • Just what I needed today Matt. Like Bret said, great song, powerful lyrics and unbelievable challenge from you. I will replace my thoughts of what a rough week I’ve had, and HAVE (not just TRY to, HAVE) a great, productive day today. I was already planning on thinking and writing about goals this weekend, so this is good ammunition to make those challenging, positive goals. Thanks for a great post.

    • Thank YOU for the encouraging words Carol!

      It is kind of funny that after all these years I finally got that song. Glad I decided to re-download it recently!

  • I’ve been thinking a lot about Mind Habits lately and this relates. To break our bad mind habits takes effort. Any suggestions on techniques that people use?

    • It’s something I am studying pretty in-depth lately Jim.

      The first thing to realize is that it’s an active process (i.e. it’s forced at first and then becomes habit)

      The best example I have ever heard was from my father. who used the example of switching hands to turn the door knob. If you currently always use your right hand, it will take approximately 28,000 repetitions before it becomes habit to switch to the your left hand.

      If sometime around the 6,000th repetition there is a fire and you are panicking, you will open the door with your right hand. So you keep “practicing.”

      There are so many things you could do (using the door knob example) to remind yourself, such as signs on the door, reminders when you first wake up, alarms on your phone, etc.

      The same things apply to your mind. If you want to change, remind yourself of what you want to change. Put signs on your mirror, reminders in your calendar, alarms on your phone, emails to yourself, journal about it, post-it notes in your car, etc.

      Only try to change ONE thing at a time though. One! And stick with it as long as it takes to change…could be a year. But at the end of a year, you will have changed one major habit. Think of it like a smoker…if it takes a year to kick that one habit, it is a life changer.

      I hope that helps…but I have more! Jim, I am going to think through this a lot more and post on it soon.

      These posts might help too:

      http://www.mattmcwilliams.com/happiness-success-paradox/

      http://www.mattmcwilliams.com/furniture-mover-visualize-rehearse-success/

      http://www.mattmcwilliams.com/leaders-you-are-what-you-see-part-one/

      http://www.mattmcwilliams.com/leaders-you-are-what-you-see-part-two/

  • I’m extremely exhausted after 85 hours without power at our house (thanks to Hurricane Sandy). It would be easy to let my mind and general attitude go with the fatigue. I’m changing my mind to be alert, awake, and positive today.

    • Glad you are safe Jon! That is the most important.

      Sometimes goals have to be set aside (at least the daily working on them) just to dig out from a mess. Could be a physical storm or a life event causing the mess, but either way there are times to stop and deal with it.

      • True. I’m sure those along the Jersey Shore and in the Manhattan area especially are feeling this way these days. It’s amazing the damage caused by this physical storm.

  • Wow, this is a really great post Matt. So true! Proverbs says we are what we think about.

    I’m presenting a series at church about Tithing and Prosperity. I’ve always known about how important Tithing was – but I never knew how deeply it was tied into our attitude, our thoughts, and our hearts too.

    Thought patterns that need to change for me? Poverty mentality. Not the obvious ‘I don’t have any money…” cus I do – (a lot just seems to flow out of my hands to pay debts etc. right now)

    But the mentality that I am working to shift is that of a victim, to one of an opportunity creator. Seriously! Maybe this sounds simple to some, but for me it has been a powerful spark – specifically: understanding the Biblical/spiritual responsibility to NOT be a victim and to switch over to being and OPPORTUNITY creator.

    Maybe that’s not coming out too well – but those new thought patterns have been like a lighthouse for me. Now I’m just missing like 27900 repetitions to really own it. 😉

    Great post!

    • Thank you Aaron. Love this comment!

      Keep up the repetitions man…it really does start becoming habit at some point. Then it is worth it!

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