All great ideas begin with a thought. Before anything exists in reality, it must first exist in the mind. Your job is to think how, not whether you can or not but most people let what they think of themselves hold them back from creating. When I say that, I mean it’s what we think of ourselves and our limiting beliefs that hold us back. Some people think they don’t have the right, they’re not qualified, not smart enough, not good looking enough. I’ve heard it all. In truth, these are limiting beliefs and only keep you playing small. If we want to do extraordinary things, we need to be able to silence our inner critic so we can believe we are worthy.
That inner critic, the voice inside our head, is the one conditioned by society to believe and act a certain way. It’s not so much that our parents are to blame, they probably knew no different either. They were conditioned the same way. It’s not our fault that we were conditioned to think and act a certain way, but it is our choice whether we continue to travel down that road of being deeply unconscious. The way you change your way of thinking is to do the difficult work of changing from the inside out and that means changing your paradigm.
Your paradigm is your way of viewing the world. A thought system that drives your habits. If you want different results you need to first change the way you do things and to do that, you need to change your paradigm. Changing your paradigm means you must do things differently, repeatedly. Doing it once or twice won’t work. Through constant repetition you will change your habits and that’s the difficult part. It’s not impossible, it’s just difficult but anyone can do it with discipline and perseverance. Play different messages to your subconscious through reading, listening to tutorials and podcasts on subjects you’re interested in. You have a choice when it comes to thinking so you may as well play to yourself positive messages and think positive thoughts and images. Doing this repeatedly over time will trick your brain into thinking a certain way and if you’re consistent, you will have a new way of viewing the world and as a result, you will have different outcomes.
You must begin to do a combination of many things. First, you must be able to recognise that you need to change your thoughts and habits. The second thing is to start believing you are worthy and you do that with positive self-talk. Anyone who has ever achieved greatness had to overcome these feelings of low self-esteem. It’s almost an arrogant way of thinking but you have to treat yourself with respect first before anyone else will believe you. If you don’t believe you are worthy, whatever it is you’re trying to achieve will never happen. Once you begin to engage in positive self-talk, the clearer the path will be. When you don’t believe, your creativity is clouded and your ability to recognise opportunity is clouded as well. Life on the path is made all the more difficult simply because you do not believe you are worthy or that you can in fact pull it off.
.I believe to be able to use your own mind to it’s full potential, you need to be comfortable in your own company. A lot of people don’t like solitude and I believe this is in direct proportion to their ability to be creative and think. If you’re constantly distracted, you cannot get deep into thought. If you don’t like being in your own company in solitude, alone with your own thoughts, how can you think? Sometimes great ideas come when you least expect it, other times when you continually think about a solution, it has no choice but to appear in your mind. You also need to think without fear of being judged, that takes courage but the first step is to do it where you don’t have expectations put on you. Solitude. The beautiful thing about creating from within is it’s completely original. Your own thoughts are your own. Don’t be afraid to be creative and the first place you can feel comfortable enough to do it is in your own company.
Always remember your creative thoughts are not wrong or right. They are only labelled if you give them one. Write them down in a notepad so you don’t lose them because in time, you may have something to add to the original idea that makes it better or more valuable. Each day you may have ten, twenty, thirty or even one hundred great ideas or solutions to a problem. Sooner or later you will come up with that one brilliant idea that you can take to the next level. The level where you begin to take action.