Take control of your thoughts – example

PDT-4b

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Introduction

To help you access your wisdom, you need to be at your most resourceful. Before you start, prepare yourself by getting into your most resourceful state.

Have you created your personal resource anchor?

Remember don’t rush these Modules and allow yourself plenty of time to reflect on your experiences. Consider all the feelings and emotions that come up for you and record them in your journal.

Module 3 – Take control of your thoughts

Our thoughts affect our feelings, emotions and behaviours, these then become our reality. We do have free will and can change our thought to create a different reality for ourselves – one that empowers us. We only need to change our thought!

Learning objective

  • To understand that everything starts with a thought and thoughts can be changed

Module content

I always recommend starting with at least 2 minutes of quiet time to allow yourself a clear space from the cut and thrust of the day. It helps you focus on the purpose of the work you are about to do.

Better still if you are familiar with mediation that is better preparation and here are a couple you may want to try. Or you may be hooked on Susan’s approach.

Let’s get started

You are ready to start work, download and read the workbook.

Next, watch the video below and respond to the questions in your written or electronic journal. Notice also what you took away from the video and consider the impact of your insights.

Here’s an interesting and inspiring video from Kent Healy (10mins) and it includes the work of Dr Masaru Emoto. Dr Emoto showed the impact of our ‘thoughts’ on water, very pertinent when you consider our body is made up mostly of water – approximately 85% of your brain, 80% of your blood and 70% of your muscles are water – you can see that your thoughts have a profound effect on your body and how you feel.

As part of my coach training I studied the work of Sydney Banks and his ‘Three Principles’, which are mind, consciousness and thought. Here is an explanation of the simple diagram from the workbook showing the effect of our thoughts, see the process as a cycle as shown in the diagram below.

pot imageWe wont cover what happens before a thought is created, although we are bombarded with thoughts all the time, sometimes we are aware, but mostly not.

However we are aware when the thought reaches the point of affecting our feelings/emotions when we are uncomfortable, or there is an action/behavior we don’t like.

It might not even be until someone reacts the way we don’t like/want. You can be aware of your situation at any point and then track back to what was your thought that started off the cycle.

When you monitor the thought and it’s a good experience your next ‘thought’ will create an upward spiral with a positive emotional state. And the opposite is true!! It’s not easy to see the simplicity of this process in the heat of the moment. And it’s not easy to step back and identify this process happening around you, which is why we need to practice monitoring how this cycle happens in our lives. We can then choose what action we take.

  1. How do you think the power of thought could help you in your personal life?
  2. How could it help you in your role as a teacher?
  3. How could it impact your students?

Perhaps the last words should be from Mahatma Gandi:
Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words.
Keep your words positive because your words become your behaviour.
Keep your behaviour positive because your behaviour becomes your habits.
Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values.
Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.

Assignments

    • Practise the ‘Thought’ worksheet
    • Record what you took from the video and 3 questions in your journal.
    • Continue with your Success Diaries on a daily basis
    • After practising some of your new awareness/skills, review the content of this Module. Download, reflect and record your learning in this Module Review and send it to alan.wilson@me.com for personal feedback

Remember the only way to change an old habit is to practice a new one. My recommendation is not to move onto the next Module until you have mastered this one.

Further reading

        • I think you will like all of Sydney Banks material and I recommend “The Enlightened Gardner” series and “The missing Link”, see http://www.sydneybanks.org.

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