A New Year resolution is an optimistic gesture, but for some people it fades as the year proceeds. Statistics reveal that about 92 percent of people break their resolution at the first half of the year.
Do you know why?
Old habits creep back in, and these habits are rooted in an old mindset.
It sounds ambitious to change a whole mindset. In reality, this is easier than keeping a single New Year’s resolution. A new mindset paves the way for a broad range of life changes.
What is your mindset right now?
None of us can identify it. A mindset is like a world view.
IT’S THE LENS THROUGH WHICH YOU SEE LIFE
When you get an information, a silent filtering process is going on. We let in certain experiences and censor others.
Since conscious effort is the key, here are five reprogramming techniques that will clear your mind and change your mindset.
REJECT YOUR OLD SELF
Most people allow beliefs, opinions, likes, and dislikes to pop up by default. In any situation, their thinking isn’t centered in the present, but is a relic of the past.
When you have negative thoughts stop for a second and say to yourself: “I am not that person anymore.”
Let this thought sink in, then open yourself to the situation as it unfolds in the present. Your real self is always here and now.
REJECT DEFAULT ATTITUDES
Most of us reacted to thousands of situations over a lifetime that left an impression. Call them psychological impressions or karmic imprints; the terminology doesn’t matter.
In both cases, the result is the same. An impression is like a microchip that sends out the same message over and over. It makes us respond the same way which is the opposite of being real and present.
The quicker your response is, the more you should reject it as a default mechanism. This will help to de-condition the brain. The same brain that became imprinted can be cleared again—all it takes is a little self-awareness
LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE YOU DON’T LISTEN TO
When you shut people out, you are censoring reality. Great decision-makers appear from the outside to be very decisive and single-minded.
This disguises how they arrive at a decision which involves a period of searching. While searching, they open their minds to all kinds of information, spreading the net as wide as possible. Great decision-makers do the opposite of censoring reality.
Try to listen to people whose opinion you don’t agree with. See yourself as a kind of “human inbox”, allowing as many viewpoints as you can to enter your mental landscape. A rigid mindset is soon melted this way.
FAVOUR EXPANDED AWARENESS
Consciousness isn’t easy to define, and you can’t spend your life paying little attention to it. But every day is about having experiences. Every experience requires someone who uses his awareness to confront life’s challenges. No matter what is happening, your level of awareness determines your outcome.
What you want to cultivate is expanded awareness. If you don’t understand what this means, you have experienced its opposite, constricted awareness.
As a defensive move, people contract their minds due to fear and threat. People draw back when they feel insecure and vulnerable. As humans, we are averse to the unknown and the potential risks that await us there. These are all symptoms of constricted awareness.
Master yourself, know when you sense these things, take a deep breath, and relax. Let your mind, ease into the situation instead of contracting—that’s all expanded awareness needs to be.
FIND THE WAY OF LEAST ACTION
In physics, the law of least action holds that nature favours the shortest path to achieve a result.
A tennis ball falls to earth in a simple curve, not a curlicue. An arrow flies straight to the target. Water boils at 212 degrees F. If nature is always this efficient, using the least effort and energy as possible, why do we complicate our lives? Daily struggle stress and needless suffering is the result from a mindset that sees no other way to live.
But there has always been another way as pointed out by the world’s wisdom traditions. Look into them, and you will find some astonishing propositions, including: Life is not designed to be a struggle.
When you encounter the silent depth of your mind, some problems dissolve, while others present new solutions.
A life aligned with the laws of nature is not only easier; it brings love, creativity, and bliss as our birth right.