We all want to perform at our best. To accomplish this we must remember BEST stands for:
B = Healthy Body
E = Healthy Emotions
S = Positive Speech
T = Powerful Thinking
“As you think, so shall you become” – Bruce Lee
People usually dismiss this and yet truer words have never been spoken. When we zoom in a bit more, we realize the truth: “Your thinking governs your behavior, and your behavior determines your results. Your results determine your destiny.” Literally and figuratively, thoughts determine your destiny! That means your thinking is the most valuable asset you have. “Positive Thinking” is great and yet at the end of the day it is not enough. Your thinking must be more than positive it must also be strategic and or tactical. It must be mixed with a strong desire (i.e., burning desire) and have an intended purpose. Train your brain to think at Mastery Level or what we call Master Level Awareness (MLA):
- First, become a Master observer. That is, use your sensory acuity to be aware of how you think.
- Next, consider how someone creates a master piece. They work at it! This is the same way you get good at anything…through good old fashioned practice. Again, start with noticing your thought patterns by becoming a Master observer. Whenever you have a dis-empowering or limiting thought, arrest it immediately, and re-place it with powerful thinking.
- Next, Decide in Advance (DIA). That is, know the outcome you want in any situation and ask “How Can I….?” It’s about asking more empowering questions, having an intended purpose, being persistent, and practicing tactical detachment. This will help you overcome self-doubt and when appropriate fear.
- Finally for now, I leave you with an old Chinese story of a grandfather with his grandson that speaks to the power of your thinking.
“An old Chinese Master is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside of me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One that is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and over-inflated ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, poise, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.” He continued, “The same fight is going inside of you my grandson – inside every other person, too.” The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win grand daddy?” The old Chinese Master simply replied, “The one you feed.” I leave you with this most important thought. Which wolf are you feeding?