Our thoughts are a series of mental pictures. These pictures are stored as our version of “reality.” We did not intentionally put these pictures in our minds, they were accumulated by where we lived, who we are around and our family values.

Whether it’s sticking with a New Year’s Resolution or focusing on personal or business goals, success begins with changing the pictures in your subconscious mind.

You can easily change your pictures using the following techniques:

  • Control your thoughts
  • Change your picture
  • Create a better inside world
  • Assume responsibility
  • Stay away from negative people

Control what you think about

Remember that the RAS filters out unimportant sensory information from your conscious mind. It determines what you notice and what you pay attention to. You will only be aware of what is important to you NOW.

Your present thoughts determine your future. Think about what you DO want, not about what you DON’T want. Make what you want important.

You are the one who decides what is important by what you think about. If you envision yourself as successfully reaching your goals, your RAS will filter out any information that is contrary to your desires.

You move toward whatever is in your mind, whether or not it is good for you. When you catch yourself thinking negative thoughts, IMMEDIATELY stop and think about something else.

Keep a stash of mental pictures that are good for you; daydreams, fantasies. When you catch yourself thinking negatively, simply switch your attention to your fantasy.

Change your picture

The reason people don’t succeed with their goals is that they try to change the behavior before they change their mental picture. That never works.

Changing your picture changes your behavior automatically. Picture first; behavior follows.

We move toward the strongest picture in our heads. If we have two conflicting pictures of ourselves, the strongest one wins. The strongest picture in your mind determines the direction that you move in.

Envision yourself as the success you want to be. Incorporate this vision into your stash of positive mental pictures.

Because it took time to put the negative picture of yourself in your mind, it will take time to change your picture or yourself.

 Work on it several times every day and it will change.

We create an outside world to match the one in our mind

To be successful, you must see things the way you want them to be, not the way they actually are. By doing this, you cause your creative subconscious to generate the energy to change the outside world to match your desires.

Remember, no conflict, no energy. No energy, no change.

When the world inside your head and the outside world, don’t match, you get MAD and generate the energy to do something about it.

Once you change your picture, the RAS starts working – action takes place immediately.

Create a better picture of life and life will change for the better.

Don’t be a victim

You are in control of your life. You have the power to change anything that you don’t like in your life.

You are not a victim.

You are personally accountable for your own success.

If you take the responsibility and the accountability, you are admitting that you have control.

Your subconscious mind will stop blocking information that will lead to your success. You will notice the answers that have always been around you. You will ACT upon your desires and your life will change.

Stay away from negative people

We accept the reality of how people tell us we are.

The people around you supply the paint for your mental picture of yourself. If you spend time with people who tear you down, your mental picture becomes one of gloom and despair.

Surround yourself with people who tell you how wonderful you are and tell others how great they are as well.

Your picture will begin to change; as soon as it does YOU will change into the best YOU that you can be.

Check back tomorrow. I will teach you a special technique that will change your picture quickly.

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12 responses »

  1. RoniLynn says:

    Yes ma’am! I think these are great points. But what does one do if they have never really been surrounded by positive, supportive friends and family? I think some folks, even if they have control of their thoughts, may have a network of people around them who bring them down.

    I’ve been blessed to have that support and I’ve always wondered about those who don’t. How do they dig deep and ignore the negative? Seems like they would need at least one person to ‘nurture’ them in some way.

    I like the point that we are in control of our lives. Many seem to think that it’s our family or our spouse or best friend. When really, we’re the ones who control what happens. If someone makes you unhappy, move on. If you don’t like your job, find another. But I think what happens is we tend to stick with what’s easier (or at least in our mind we THINK it’s easier). Never realizing that sticking with what’s bad for us is what’s making our lives difficult.

    Good food for thought as usual! I can always count on your motivation.

    • living4bliss says:

      Glad to hear from you RoniLynn.

      You make some good points.

      Many of us are surrounded by negative people. The first step is to recognize that this is the case. You are very lucky to have such a supportive network of people. Those of us who grew up in negative environments have a harder time. We think that negative is normal and we don’t make a change because we don’t recognize the NEED for change. (I think I will blog about this.) When this is the case, we also become negative and bring other people down. It is a vicious cycle.

      I had to make that change in my own life. I had to purge the negativity and to be honest, it was lonely at first. But then lots of positive, wonderful people started coming out of the woodwork. It is as if there wasn’t enough room for the positive before because my life was so full of negativity.

      I am looking forward to more posts from your blog as well. I have been through the challenge you are facing and I am praying for your strength.

  2. fairly stimulating. Nonetheless, I beg your pardon, because I do not give credence to your whole plan, all be it radical none the less. It looks to me that your opinions are generally not completely justified and in actuality you are generally yourself not really fully certain of your assertion. In any event I did appreciate reading it.

    • living4bliss says:

      Actually, there is nothing radical about taking control of your thoughts. It seems radical because we have been so accustomed to feeling that somehow we cannot control our lives and that we are victims of our own thoughts. We have been brainwashed into thinking that we have little or no control over how our lives turn out and that somehow our destiny is in the hands of fate.

      While things that are beyond our control happen to all of us, we are in total control of how we REACT to these events. Our reactions are what shapes us and our lives.

      I thank you for your comments and look forward to hearing more from you in the future.

  3. I am truly blessed, Saundra!! All my life (68 years on 2/4), I have been surrounded by my positive family–all the way down to cousins! I’m the oldest of seven–two sisters; four brothers–and we all adore each other. Never had any “sibling rivalry.” My first book, “Line of Serenity,” was written in 1997 to pay tribute to the way we were raised. It goes from 1944-1977. I think you would really enjoy it. Check out the preview and reviews at http://www.GoodShortBooks.com.

    I love your blog because it reflects what I have lived and continue to live every day!!

    Keep up the good work!

    • living4bliss says:

      Happy early birthday, Joyce. Thank God every day for your positive family.

      I am not so lucky, but I have been blessed with many positive friends such as you. Positive people are all around, even if you weren’t born into it.

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  5. AnitaAnswers says:

    What power you share. This post brightens my mental pictures, so I can’t wait to read your next post where you share how to quickly change mental pictures.

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  7. Anita Mac says:

    Great points. It is so true – focus on what you want, where you want to go….stay away from negativity! Sometimes that is harder – but it can be draining! Positive thoughts lead to feeling positive….thanks for sharing.

  8. beloved, this is wonderful

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