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How Changing Your Thoughts Can Change Your Life for the Better

If you’ve done any cooking, you will have noticed that when you follow the same recipe, you tend to get the same results. As I’ve written previously, the same principle applies if you wish to create the life you want. The results you get in your life are the result of your thoughts, which determine your behaviors, which determine your results. Therefore, if you want to change your life, you have to start by changing your thoughts.

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Use these five simple steps to help change your thoughts, so you can change your life for the better.

Many people tend to overlook this basic truth and tend to believe changing your behavior is the only way to change your life. However, changing behavior directly is extremely challenging … because your behavior is driven by your patterns of thought.

As an example, consider how difficult it is to lose weight or to stop smoking. Both have simple solutions: eat less and stop putting cigarettes in your mouth. Yet, how many people do you know who have failed at one or both?

While behavior is hard to change with sheer willpower, it can be changed quickly with a change in perspective.

You might find it impossible to lose weight under normal circumstances, but suppose your child needed a kidney transplant to live, and you were the only possible donor. If the doctor told you he or she won’t do the operation until you lose 50 pounds, do you suppose you’d find a way to do it?

Not only could you do it, but you’d do it easily. A simple change in perspective made all the difference.

You don’t need to be forced to make inner changes. You can choose to change your beliefs and perspective to something more useful.

5 Steps to Changing Your Thoughts and Changing Your Life for the Better

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What could you accomplish by changing your thoughts?

Imagine what you could accomplish by changing your thoughts. Consider these five ideas.

1. Outer changes in your life are the result of changes in behavior.

Changes in behavior are most often the result of inner changes. When your thoughts and beliefs change, your behavior is also altered. For example:

  • Suppose you decided that helping others was important. You might start volunteering. While you’re volunteering, you meet new people and learn new things. You make new friends and perhaps date someone you never would have met otherwise. You might even get a job.
  • All of this began with making contribution a priority.

2. Examine your current beliefs.

Are your current beliefs holding you back? Are you certain that the things that you believe are true? Are you aggressively and enthusiastically pursuing your goals each day? Everyone has limiting beliefs. What are yours?

  • Your beliefs are like your software. If your software is faulty, you aren’t operating efficiently.
  • Examine each belief you have and determine if it is serving you or holding you back.
  • Look at your behavior for clues regarding your inner world. What must you believe to be behaving the way that you do?

3. Inner changes change your habits.

When you change your thoughts and beliefs, your habits will change, too. When the things you do each day are altered, your results are altered.

4. Envision the life you want to lead.

When all you think about is your current life, you get more of the same. Spend some time each day imagining yourself in your new life. When this type of life begins to feel normal to you, you’ll start to make outer changes in your life, too.

  • The first step is making the big decision about the type of life you’d prefer. Most people never make definitive decisions. Vagueness won’t work. Be specific.

5. Monitor your thinking.

Negative thoughts bring poor results. If you spend most of your time thinking worrisome thoughts, how can you have a positive life experience?

  • Each time you find yourself having a negative thought, change it to something positive.

If you want to experience outer changes in your life, start by making inner changes.

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Changing your thoughts is the path to a better life

Inner changes can be challenging, but they are under your control. As your inner world changes, your behaviours will change automatically. As your behaviors change, your outer world will change, too.

Try it … you’ll enjoy the results.

About the Author Hugh Warren

An Intrinsic Coach® and enthusiastic student of personal development, I've been actively writing on a range of related topics for over 10 years. The range of topics I share has varied over time, but I try to pick ones that will hopefully strike a chord with you. You may or may not always enjoy everything I write, but if you appreciate the effort please make a point to share it with someone else.

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