August 22, 2013

How To Break Through Your Mental Traffic Jam

I want you to imagine something with me right now. You are standing on a busy street corner in a big city. Traffic is thick — cars, trucks, taxis and […]

I want you to imagine something with me right now. You are standing on a busy street corner in a big city. Traffic is thick — cars, trucks, taxis and buses are honking their horns. You hear babies crying and children begging their parents for the new toys they see in a shop window. You hear car alarms and emergency sirens. A teenager yells to his friend across the street. There are people rushing around everywhere, bumping into each other. The hustle and bustle of the city creates an overwhelming buzz of noise surrounding you on every side. It’s all noise.

Can you feel the stress, anxiety and pressure that comes with all the noise?

Now I want you to think about the kind of noise that goes on in your life every day. What is the noise you hear in your mind, in your home, in your job? What are the worries and cares that compete for your attention every moment of the day and night?

Have you ever noticed in the midst of that noise, it can be hard to keep moving forward? When you have so many different things begging for your time and energy, there is no peace, no stillness. It’s all about now, hurry, fast, react, get it done! You’ve become so used to the traffic in your mind that you’re now literally functioning on autopilot.

Your kids talk to you, but you can’t hear them. Your boss gives you directions, but you can’t comprehend. Your friends confide in you, but their words go in one ear and out the other.

The noise creates confusion and chaos. Your mind is constantly saying, "Go, go, now, now!" But where? You are no longer in control of your thoughts and actions — the traffic is in control. You no longer have the ability to make conscious decisions; you can only react with your subconscious.

Isn’t it time to reclaim control? After all, this is YOUR life. This is your one shot, your all-or-nothing. Is it everything you want it to be? Are you designing the life you want to live? Or when you take a good look at parts of your life, do you wonder how on earth you ended up where you are?

My friend, I don’t want you to wake up one morning 5, 10, 20 years from now and say, "How did I get here? When did things go wrong? Why did my life turn out this way?" But that’s exactly what will happen if you do not stop the traffic, remove the noise and begin to design your life.

When was the last time your mind was still? When is the last time you felt peace? When is the last time you stole a moment away from the busy-ness of life to just be still?

I know there are things begging for your attention right this very moment. And yes, many of them are probably important things. But it’s so important to quiet your mind and really focus on the most important thing in the moment. Make decisions based on that, and not on the traffic in your mind.

When you have a clear and calm mind, you will find that it’s easier to make decisions that will set you up for the kind of success you desire in your life. You will eliminate stress, and experience peace instead. You will not be easily led astray, because you will know exactly where you’re going. A clear and calm mind means a clear and calm focus, and that is what will lead you to success.

It’s such a simple thing, but it can make all the difference. Just give it a shot today. Throughout the day, just stop and take a deep breath. Eliminate the noise, quiet your mind, and focus on what is most important in that very moment.

I can’t wait to see you reach your full potential. I truly believe you can and you will…IF you learn to eliminate the noise and make decisions that will lead you to success.

Please pass this along to your friends and family members today. This is a reminder we all need sometimes, especially with the busy-ness we experience on a day-to-day basis. So take a few minutes right now to post this link on your Facebook and Twitter!

I can’t wait to talk to you this Sunday night on our nationally-syndicated TV and radio show! I’ll be coming to you live from Dallas, Texas, so be sure to tune in at 9 pm ET/8 pm CT!

 

In great faith,

 

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