4 Ways to Guard Your Mind from Negativity

4 Ways to Guard Your Mind

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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

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2 thoughts on “4 Ways to Guard Your Mind from Negativity

  1. why is so easy to think “the glass half empty” and why is it so exhausting to focus on “the glass is half full”?
    Thank you

  2. Hi Zorica,

    Ancient scripture tells us “Ask and you shall receive.” This is my personal philosophy which I enjoy living by because I use it to my advantage. I believe the answer to your own question is within your question. If you ask a question expecting an answer then you will get it. You appear to be expecting ease when thinking “the glass is half empty” and you also appear to be expecting exhaustion when thinking “the glass is half full.” Try wording your question differently to yourself and ask it expecting the answer. For example – Why is it so easy to think “the glass is half full” and so exhausting “the think the glass is half empty.”

    Hope this helps!

    -Michael

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