4 Ways to Guard Your Mind from Negativity
Bruce Lee said: “The mind is like a fertile garden in which anything that is planted, flowers or weeds, will grow.” Lee understood the importance of guarding our minds from toxic thoughts and influences. His massive success can be credited to this philosophy, along with hard work. Sometimes life leaves us vulnerable to negativity without even knowing it. Simply becoming aware can start anyone on the path to a better quality life. Here are 4 ways to stand guard at the door of your mind.
- Remove the negative people from your sphere of influence
Entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker Jim Rohn said that “you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Remove or limit time spent with people trying to contaminate your mind. Replace them with positive influences that make you a better person.
- Don’t saturate in current events
News is a business and unfortunately bad news sells better than good news. Someone is always more likely to grab a newspaper with the title “The World is Ending” over “Another Fantastic Day.” Being informed is one thing, overindulging is another. Make it a habit to pick out the stories that depict the good in humanity.
- Steer clear of too much television
Television is certainly entertaining but too much of it can be disastrous. The mind is highly susceptible to ideas, morals and ethics repeated over and over. Producers of shows and commercials do not always have your best interest in mind so be cautious about what you are feeding your mind.
- Stop sabotaging yourself with your thoughts and words
You are your own worst enemy and you might not even know it. Our words and thoughts have immense power. When we realize this power and take action, our lives can be changed forever. It’s easy to see the glass half empty, but it’s just as easy to see it half full. A simple shift in focus can make a huge difference.
The difference between pessimists and optimists comes down to one thing – focus. They simply focus on different aspects of situations or experiences. A quick and easy way to change your focus is to ask yourself a question such as: “What is something good about this?” or “What can I learn from this?” Ask yourself expecting an answer and your mind will always come up with one.