6 Simple Ways to Train Your Mind (To Help You Achieve Your Goals)
It is easier to conquer a kingdom than one’s own mind.
Even though we all are made of our thoughts, it largely seems that thoughts are a series of uncontrollable entities that are totally random and directionless (excluding intentional thought process). Have you ever heard of the saying that says that you can achieve whatever you set your mind to? It is absolutely true and there are ways we can actually train our mind to help us unveil our maximum potential. Here are 6 simple ways you can make it possible.
1. Learn not to process everything you encounter.
Mind is a powerful tool. At the very moment of sighting an object, it can create ripples and connect to the most remote memory or relating incident buried within and compute all the possible ways to deal with it.
What we don’t know is, there is no need to deep process everything all the time(especially negative thoughts). Since it is beneficial when our mind does all the calculations for us without us wanting, we are tricked into believing it is necessary to constantly process every thought at a molecular level.
It is a burden that we put on our subconscious mind without realizing that it would eventually make you feel lost in your thoughts, tired without any physical effort, unclear in your logical thinking to work towards a specific goal.
Any thing that costs your peace of mind is too expensive.
So, the first step in programming your mind is, learning to process what matters and only when needed.
Keep the garbage away. Live the moments.
2. Learn to suck it up when things don’t go your way
Shit happens. Plans fail. Tragedies occur. So what? Nothing is the end of the world unless you believe so. After all, unpredictable is what makes life interesting and worth experiencing.
Do not dwell on what went wrong. If you failed at something, be proud of the fact that you have tried rather than being afraid of ending up a sucker in everything that you will ever do in your future.
There are no accidents - Oogway
Every time something doesn’t go as planned, take it easy on yourself. Learn to have some backup plans next time so there would be fewer surprises. Be prepared and learn to say that’s okay even when things go south.
3. Have a crystal clear picture of your goals
Think of your mind as a gadget with unlimited storage space that is readily accessible at your command. All the things you have ever come across (liked, loved, hated, wanted, wished for, crushed on) in your life is there somewhere inside. If not active, all stored or buried inside waiting to be resurrected.
It has a large amount of data varying from as tiny as supplying commands to your reflexes and as large as holding the plans you have carefully laid out for your future plans.
This is one of the reasons we find it extremely difficult to achieve our goals. The mind is carrying your every wish and trying to help you achieve it. Unfortunately, the human body can only make concentrated efforts on particular areas at a time.
Prioritize what matters to you. Set a clear goal. Think of your goal setting as a to-do list. Set your target as the first one. Push the other stuff to optional or good to have items. Go down the ladder “only” when you finish your first. Until then do not bother to check every single item you have on your mind.
This way your mind can give you triggers of your goals which your body can actually act on it and put concentrated effort to achieve it at the earliest possible time.
4. Stop looking for the finish line. Work towards the next milestone.
It is impossible to wake up every day and work towards a target you can never see. It is not just impossible but damn frustrating.
It’s okay not to know everything. You will figure it out along the way. Trust your instincts. Set small and measurable targets for yourself. By small I don’t mean to limit your potential; Just break your goals into small tasks so you can actually see the progress you are making on a daily basis.
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
- Steve Jobs
Seeing the change and knowing that there is an impact you make in your life by the effort you put every day, you get more motivated to get out of bed and make progress to reach your next milestone.
5. Learn to visualize yourself as the person you want to become
I am pretty sure that you have heard about the piano music experiment at Harvard University. This is what it’s all about:
Two groups of volunteers were presented with a piece of unfamiliar piano music. One group received the music and a keyboard and was told to practice. The other group was instructed to just read the music and imagine playing it. When their brain activity was examined, both groups showed expansion in their motor cortex, even though the second group had never touched a keyboard.
The mind has an extraordinary ability to transform your thoughts into images. This is the birthplace of creativity.
Ideas that are constantly engaged in the mind are probably the ones that are put into action.
Practice visualizing yourself becoming the person you want to be. See yourself achieving all the great stuff you desperately want to achieve. Look up on yourself facing your fears and rising up above all obstacles. Eventually, your thoughts will help you catch every opportunity you should in order to transcend your imagination into reality.
6. Learn to lose control
Our mind is the greatest ally we can ever have if we use it the right way. It will totally fascinate you when you start exploring the extends your mind can take you when you get along with it.
Take timeouts and recharge your batteries
It is important to take periodic timeouts(not necessarily long). To avoid burnouts and overthinking, it is best to allocate some of the best time of the day to spend with yourself in a calm environment. Call it meditation, yoga or any term you like. Just be with yourself and let your thoughts flow.
Learn to lose control, to let go. So there is space for fresh thoughts to fill in. It may feel overwhelming in the beginning, but you will discover your best self in the deepest depth of your mind.
Learning to let go of past struggles will make you stronger and more receptive of any uncertainties of the future. Which in turn reduce the fear of failure, allowing you to be courageous and make timely decisions on the things that matter to your life.
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