Mind – How you Think and Feel

Life is best when you are doing the things you like best – those favourite things that make you feel good.

But just what makes you feel good? What makes you think and feel the way you do? For the answers look closely into these areas.

 

Circumstance

Where you are now and your prospects going forward are bound to affect how you feel. Particularly in mid-life when these things can happen:

  • Career and Family plans have been largely achieved leaving something of a void that needs filling.
  • The path you’re on hasn’t lead where you really wanted to go, or taken you as far as you’re capable.
  • You have changed over time. You’ve developed new needs and interests.

Strike a chord? Great! That’s your first clue on the sort of things you could be doing.

Beliefs and Values

What sort of person are you? What do you believe to be right and proper in the way you live your life?

The answers are found in your Personal Beliefs System – your “inner vault” of beliefs and values that sub-consciously qualifies your thinking with emotion, “telling” you how to feel and react.
Know how this works and you’ll make life changes that are relevant and achievable. Discover more about your Belief System with OnWeGo on Personal Values.

Motivational Needs and Wants

What makes you do certain things and strive to do them successfully? Just what is success and satisfaction to you?
These questions are about Needs and Wants. Those “must have” and “good to have” pressures that you satisfy through work and other key pursuits in life.
Knowing just how you are motivated will help you choose the best new goals for you and commit more confidently to any changes you tackle.

Find out more about your Needs and Wants in  OnWeGo On Motivation

Thinking Filters

Do you get bored with detail and just want to know the overall picture? Or must you check every detail before making a decision?

Are you inclined to leap at opportunities and make things happen? Or do you wait for situations to arise and react to them?

These are two examples of thinking filters or Meta Programs – the default ways you are inclined to think and behave. The preconditioning can be positive, but it can be negative and hold you back, and that’s something you really should find out and attend to.
To find out more and carry out a simple analysis of your default thinking download  OnWeGo on Behavioural Defaults  and to consolidate all these areas also check out “OnWeGo on Personality and Thought

There are two situations that make for a happy, satisfied life –

  1. Doing as many and as often as you can the things that really make you feel good.
  2. Managing the way you think and feel so you can happily do the other things too.

Understand why you think and feel as you do and you’ll probably achieve both.

For more information on this key topic please browse these other downloads and 3rd party links :

“Who moved my cheese?” – A classic lesson on positive thinking.
“NLP in Business and Life” – Techniques to control your resourcefulness and thinking.
“The Seven Habits of Highly Effective people.” – Steven Covey’s standard textbook.
“Reaching your Goals.” – how to motivate yourself to succeed.
“Inside the minds of Winners.” – interviews with people who made it.
“Single minded focus.” – how to develop and perfect it.
“As a man thinketh!” classic advice on the values and priorities you need.
“101 Mini motivators” – Great habits to help your motivational drive.
“The Law of Attraction– How the way you think determines your life.
“How to Stay Young” – how staying young begins in the mind.

What am I like? An informative overview of personality styles @BusinessBalls
What is your temperament? Try the free test with Keirsey 
The importance of Emotional Intelligence@Helpguide
Improving your emotional health: @Helpguide
The motivation and health benefits of Laughter:@Helpguide
Relationships and Conflict Resolution: @Helpguide
Bringing the best out of yourself with N.L.P: @ANALP

 

Mind – How Efficiently You Think

As well as mastering the way you think you should take care of how well you think.
The brain is a living organ and like the rest of the body can lose fitness if neglected.

With exercise and proper nutrition your memory, cognitive function, focus, decisiveness can all benefit and provide better mental agility and stamina

To learn more about the workings of your brain and how to boost thinking performance see what we have to say on the subject in…

“OnWeGo on Brain Fitness”  Our Quick Guide on keeping the brain fit and sharp.
“OnWeGo on Mind Fitness” 10 great tips for a healthy functioning mind

And for further information on fit thinking check out…
“Use it or lose it!”  Erin Matlock’s great guide on mind fitness
“The Power of Concentration.” 
Learn how  simple concentration makes a difference.

and browse these trusted sources of knowledge.

Creative thinking and the benefits of Play: @Helpguide
Brain food and Proteins we need @FInst.edu
Communication improvement through Play: @Helpguide
100 ways to achieve a healthy mind: @OED
Brain training with physical exercise: @WebMD
Keeping a fit brain with simple exercises:@FInst.edu
How exercise improves the brain: @N.Y.Times
Try these great memory, reaction and logic games @Braincurls
A test for your real age and an excellent lifestyle check too: @Realage
Stress relief through relaxation: @HelpGuide
Improving your memory: @HelpGuide

 

Feedback or Extra Help?

We’ve tried to offer information here sufficient to help you make decisions on your life changes and would love to know what you think.

We would also love to hear from you if you want some more help, perhaps some coaching.
Coaching can help clarify your thoughts, progress you through the thinking and action blocks, keep you on track and motivate you to success.  If you want to learn more about this please follow the link to Coaching Page 

Maybe you just want to give us some feedback or ask a question or two about your own initial thoughts? Then get in touch through the Message Box and we can swap emails or chat on-line  – no charge – no obligation – hopefully a good word put in though!

What Next?

Hopefully this has got you thinking about your thinking? Next up in your options for a Fitter you is the question of nourishment. Please come over to Nutrition and see what we have to say on that..