Your Mind Is Your Biggest Influencer
“Watch your thoughts, they become your words; watch your words, they become your actions; watch your actions, they become your habits; watch your habits, they become your character; watch your character, it becomes your destiny.” ― Lao Tzu
A powerful quote, right? As we continue to discuss the mind/body connection for your best life today we will share ideas about your mind being the biggest influencer there is for you.
An influencer is a slang term for someone impacting what others see, feel, and emulate based on their influence as an expert or role model. In the social media world, influencers set trends, promote what’s popular, and make an impact on how others behave.
In your personal and private world, away from social media and outward influences, you have a bigger influencer impacting your decisions… your mind!
Your mind is certainly the biggest influencer you have. Our minds directly impact how our bodies look and feel.
In fact, a lot of illnesses are generated in the mind rather than in the body. This can be a challenging idea; I know it was for me many years ago when I first heard it. In fact, it was very upsetting and impacted how I healed at that time. I felt like the practitioner was blaming me for my health issues. This was not the case.
Think about this idea this way, Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “You are what you think all day long.”
I was living with so much stress from my job, family, relationship, eating poor quality foods, no exercise, and it all came in the way I was thinking. And my health and wellbeing paid the price. Something had to change and that was me.
When you look in the mirror, much of what you see is based on your mind’s influence.
Here are a few outward expressions of your innermost thoughts:
• Your weight
• Your hairstyle
• Your clothing choices
• Even your home décor
You may not have considered that your mind plays a big role in these factors, but it certainly does. Your mind influences your body and your choices.
In the same way, your body functions 24/7, your mind is working non-stop.
“50,000 THOUGHTS A DAY - Our brains produce as many as 50,000 thoughts per day (National Science Foundation). Ninety-five percent of these thoughts are repeated daily and reflect the mindset or beliefs we hold that lead to those 50,000 thoughts. Your mindset in turn governs your actions, which leads to your results in life. In short, if you have a mindset that limits your potential, then you will likely accept limited results in your life.” (source https://subliminalpro.com/thoughts/)
Your mind takes in information and is influenced by:
• And more
Then, your mind influences your body one way or another.
People - The people in your life affect your thoughts and influence your behaviour. If you live amongst toxic people, it can negatively impact your mind and body connection. It’s hard to be your best when you are managing difficult people. Likewise, living among motivated and positive people influences the mind in positive ways that express themselves outward. The result… healthy bodies, healthy self-expression, and healthy environments.
Culture - Your culture influences your mind. A culture can be as dynamic as the ethnic culture of where you live, the morals and values of your culture, or the vibe or culture of the city or neighbourhood you live in. This culture has a direct influence on your mind and how you express yourself.
Experiences - Your experiences make a direct impact on your mind. The more positive experiences you have, the more positive your body reacts. In the same way, having too many stressful or negative experiences will influence your mind. Chronic stress is often an outward symptom of inner thoughts of anxiety and fear. This is generally caused by experiences.
Preferences - What you love - and what you don’t - influences your decisions. From knowing you prefer sweet to salty - or both - to knowing you love high fashion rather than casual wear, your preferences in life influence your outward expressions.
In a society of expert influencers, your mind is the biggest one you have. Making sure what you are thinking and how your thoughts impact your body is vital to ensure your body is living its best life, so to speak. Make sure how you are influencing your body comes from a healthy mind.
What I have found is getting out for a walk helps me stay on track with my mind/body connection. It gives me time alone outdoors to check in with my thoughts and how I am feeling. If my body is being challenged in some way I have the practice to immediately look at what my mind is thinking. This helps to reconnect and if need be I come home and journal on the thoughts I have had that day. Going deeper if need to be work on this.
Share your thoughts on how you are making sure what you are thinking and how your thoughts impact your body to ensure your body is living its best life?
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