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I Need Motivation! Change Your Life With A Single Thought.

Updated on April 28, 2014
It is your life....create it!
It is your life....create it!

Are you in a slump? It happens, but you can get out of it…in seconds!

And I will prove it to you.

Try this. Close your eyes and imagine you are sucking on a lemon. A really long suck of lemony bitterness. OK, now your mouth is salivating, isn’t it? That is because your body doesn’t know the difference between what is real and what is just a thought. It will react to a thought just as much as it will react to a real life situation.

Try this. Close your eyes and imagine you are on a beautiful tropical beach lying on a comfy recliner. There is a lovely breeze and the sounds of the surf and the birds are the perfect backdrop. You have something long and cool to drink beside you and your body has that glowing, sun kissed feeling. OK, your body relaxed a little didn’t it? Maybe you even had a little smile of your face. That is because your body believed what you told it, i.e.; you are at the beach, comfortable and relaxed.

Here is one more. Close your eyes and remember or imagine the hottest sex you ever had. Go ahead, it’s your mind! Did your body react? Yes? Ok, now get your mind out of the gutter and pay attention!

Thoughts Are Powerful

Sometimes we manipulate our minds and bodies on purpose for entertainment. Remember a fast paced, scary movie you saw, say Fatal Attraction? Remember how your pulse raced and your breathing became shallow, as if you were the one being obsessed over by Glen Close? You knew it was just a movie, nothing real about it, but your body just trusted that whatever you put in your brain was real, and so the adrenaline started pumping.

That is how powerful your thoughts are. According to The Laboratory of Nuero Imaging, we have about seventy thousand thoughts a day. That is a lot of internal chatter. The good news is, our thoughts are ours to control, or not. If you choose the “or not” option, then your head will still be full of thoughts, however you will be the victim of what your default thought process is and we all know that they will be mostly negative. They will replay past events, complain, gossip and be full of unpleasant things like greed, worry, need, fear, anxiety and on and on they will go, chattering away, seventy thousand times a day, and that will be your experience of life.

Take Charge of Your Thoughts

So how do you control your thoughts, and therefore make life what you want it to be? You make it a habit, by constantly reminding your self to replace your old ,miserable default thinking with pleasant, life affirming thoughts. Habits take a while to form, but with a little concentration you can become aware of your mind chatter and take control of it. Below I am going to give you some excellent resources to help you on your way, but here are a few quick tips I have found useful.

First and foremost, be very careful about the people you surround yourself with. Seek out positive, upbeat people and try to spend time with them. Avoid the whiners and complainers and naysayers. They are easy to spot and would be all too happy to fill your head with their pessimism. Being alone is much better than having these Negative Nellies draining your energy.

Set The Mood For Your Day

Mornings are very important in setting the mood for the day. When you first open your eyes, tell yourself how great you feel, even if you don’t, because remember how your body will respond to whatever you tell it. When you first go to the washroom, take a second and give yourself a great big smile in the mirror and wish yourself a good morning. Think you will feel silly doing that? It’s ok, there is only you and the mirror and your life is all about you, so go ahead. GOOD MORNING! As you get ready for the day, a sure powered way to jump start your new positive self is to remind yourself, in great detail, all you have to be grateful for. No matter how small it is, mention it to yourself. Even better write it, down and start a gratitude journal. Don’t let any complaints sink in. Notice and appreciate all the wonderful things in your life from the big ones like family and friends, to the smaller ones, like the coffee you are drinking and the toast you are eating.

Easy Reminders

As your day goes by, you can give yourself little reminders to pay attention to the quality of your thoughts. Set your computer or cell phone alarm to go off every hour, and when it does, take a few seconds and fine tune your thinking. Leave little sticky notes with messages you write to yourself on your bathroom mirror, or at your work space. Wear a ring or other piece of jewellery you usually don’t, and every time you notice it, check in on your thinking. Buy yourself a little gift, say a flower, and put it where you will notice it during the day, and every time you become aware of it, listen to what is going through your head at that moment. As you do these things you will catch yourself being aware of what your thoughts are telling you. Don’t let yourself feel frustrated about those negative thoughts showing up again, that is just more default thinking. Just let them go, and purposefully replace them with affirming and optimistic thoughts.

Sometimes it can be difficult to come up with positive thoughts if you are in the grip of fear or disappointment. It is good to be prepared for these situations. Here is a little trick that should help. Take a little time one day, when you are feeling good, and write out some great one liners about yourself. Cut them up into little notes and carry them in your wallet. Then when the gloomies hit and you can’t seem to shake them, simply take a note and concentrate on it. Remember how you felt when you wrote it. The notes can say anything you like as long as they are uplifting to you.

Self Notes

Here are some examples.

I am a wonderful, kind and loving person.

I have a deadly sense of humour.

I am intelligent, creative and am making a terrific life for myself.

You get the idea. You know better than anyone else what compliments or affirmations you need to hear, so be your own best friend and tell yourself. You could even write out affirmations about your goals. Such as, “My work as a writer is becoming better everyday and I will soon have a book deal”.

Resources To Help You

The whole idea is to just become aware of what you are telling yourself. And once you are aware, those nasty yappy,voices lose all power over you, for you will see them for what they are, just thoughts. So go ahead, fill you mind with whatever makes you happy. Your body will follow right along with you. You health, stress level and motivation will all improve.

Now here are some amazing websites, videos, books and other resources. There are lots out there, and there are lots of like minded people out there. I suggest you bookmark this article or anything else that motivates you and make sure you check back often. Remember, you are making positive thinking your new habit, your new default brain chatter, and repetition is how to create a good habit. Believe in yourself, be your own best friend, and take the time to create everything you want out of life. See that last sentence? Repeat. And repeat.

There is a section below where you can leave comments (you don’t have to sign in, just leave a comment and it will show up as a guest comment.) If you have a positive quote to share, that would be great. Or do you have a story about how motivation worked for you? I would love to hear it!

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    • Gcrhoads64 profile image

      Gable Rhoads 4 years ago from North Dakota

      Great advice. The last video shows what a person can do with positive thoughts. :)

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      This is a very encouraging, inspirational article. Thanks for sharing it with us. Since we need a lot more positivity in this world, I am sharing this.

      I have been keeping a gratitude journal this year, and it is amazing how many things there are in life to appreciate. I also like to be mindful of what I am thinking, and of my attitude.

      I like this quote:

      "The thought manifests as the word

      The word manifests as the deed

      The deed develops into habit

      Habit hardens into character

      So watch the thought and its ways with care"

      ~Shakyamuni Buddha~

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      paul 4 years ago

      thanks sheri faye, i think in this fast paced world it is to easy to overlook the good things we have in our lives, family , friends and love!! keep up the great work! looking forward to your next hub!

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      You are right Gerhoad64. That man has an amazing story! Thanks for reading this.

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Oh Kathryn, that is perfect! I think I will edit this hub lter and ad that quote. Good for you for keeping a journal. It helps! Thanks so much for your input.

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Thank you Paul. It is easy to take things that really matter for granted. I appreciate your support.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great suggestions that I have followed for six years now. I never get tired of the Boorman video. Nice job, Sheri!

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Thanks Bill. I have been made a point of reading and practising positive thinking for the better part of my adult life, and it has really changed things up for me. But I still have to continue to tweek it or the old gloomies will show back up.

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      MrClean 4 years ago

      Excellent article, lots of good tips and suggestions. Very inspirational. :)

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Hey Mr. Clean, I am glad you enjoyed it!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Great motivational hub, Sheri. As kids, we raised with our dad always saying "PMA" Positive Mental Attitude . I don't think a day would go by that he wouldn't utter those 3 letters. That practice has helped me become who I am today.

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Awesome hub with lots of valuable information. Affirmations are a great tool for achieving success. thanks for sharing.

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      @bravewarrior I like that...PMA...positive thinking is important!

      @lovedoctor926 Thanks for reading. Affirmations are important!

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      Heidi Thorne 4 years ago from Chicago Area

      What a wonderful collection of motivational material! Thanks for the great reminders for all of us.

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Thanks Heidithorne. I needed the reminder too!

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      travmaj 4 years ago from australia

      Sheri - thank you for such an inspirational hub. The first one I read this morning - and boy, did I need it.

      Packed full with positive and self affirmation tools - I was in need of the reminder.

      I'll be checking back constantly - meanwhile voting up and awesome and useful.

      Thanks again

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Thanks travmaj,

      I have been using this type of material for years, and find I still need to expose myself to it. It really does help. I am glad you enjoyed it!

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Excellent upbeat advice! I love the opening mental exercise---it proves the power of our thoughts. Those last 2 videos (Nick Vujicic and the yoga paratrooper) are favorites of mine. I've seen them many times before and these men inspire me tremendously.

      Thank you for this positive, life-affirming message! :-)

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Thanks Mrs. I know what you mean about the opening exercise. Every time I rread or edited this hub my mouth got all watery! I find it amzing how our thoughts affect our bodies. Thanks for reading.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Sheri, I agree, thoughts are powerful and something we should take charge of. It's easy to let one negative idea get lose and keep meditating and meditating on it until it gets out of control. And, I knew we had a lot of thoughts running around in our head, but 70K per day? Boy, that's a lot. Great food for thought hub.

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      I know,,,,seventy thousand a day! No wonder I get bored with the same old brain chatter unless I take control. I love your pun...food for thought! lol

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Thanks Sarifearndb. I am glad you liked it.

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      Kristen Mazzola 4 years ago from South Florida

      I really needed to read this hub today! Wonderful inspiration to help me lift my mood! Thank you!

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Thanks khmazz, I am glad it helped!

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Such a useful hub, Sheri.

      Mind is a powerful organ and we ought to keep it in check or else we can travel miles without moving a single limb of our body.

      voted up and sharing it across!

      Your new follower :)

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Wow, well said Ruchira! Thank you!

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      Anamika S 4 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Awesome content and videos! One thing I have practiced for long is affirmations. I also have the habit of looking at the mirror smiling and saying good morning to myself. I try to keep away from people whose negativity can drain me. If I can't avoid them, I try to be unaffected by them. Positive thoughts have always got me out of messy situations. After seeing the videos and reading this Hub, I see that I have a lot of scope for improvement. Thanks for sharing! Hub voted up awesome.

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Thanks AnamikaS

      Good for you! I have practised positive thinking most of my adult life, and it makes a difference. I know I always need reminders to, and constantly try to improve. Thanks for reading.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      I just tried sucking on a lemon. And yes, it does recharge! Thanks for sharing, Sheri, this, I must pass around.

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      That is funny Midget. After writing this I got the lemon sucking thing stuck in my head and was salivating all day! Thanks!

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      Natalie 4 years ago from Luton

      Very inspiring article, great tips that I will be implementing, keep up the good work

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Thanks Nature. Be good to yourself!

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      SilentReed 4 years ago from Philippines

      At my age, the only sex that I would be experiencing is through the power of visualization.:)) Seriously, I think your idea of writing one liners about how you are feeling during days when you are on top of the world is a great suggestion. Something to put away for emotional rainy days or when you are feeling blue or just having a bad hair day. Maybe add a couple of funny anecdotes into the mix? Thanks for sharing the links. Will be going over for a look-see.

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Thanks SilentReed. That is a good idea!

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      suziecat7 4 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Really great Hub. I needed your message here to change my thinking. Voted up!

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Thanks suziecat. I always have to remind myself of this type of thinking.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Great hub with sensible, do-able ideas. This couldn't have come at a better time for me as I have found myself slipping into too many things and forgetting the poisitive affirmation that would make my day go so much easier! Thank you so much....up+++ and sharing!

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Your introduction was spectacular, really. Your examples took our minds right where you wanted them to be. We remember to exercise, eat right and take control of other things but this is a great reminder we are responsible for our mind and where it takes us. Why be miserable?

      Your "mind exercises" are very useful.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Sheri Dusseault 3 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Thank you Till. I laways need to remind myself too.

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      Joe 2 years ago from north miami FL

      Great advice, our minds are so powerful, and staying positive is key to enjoying life.

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      Sheri Dusseault 2 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Thanks joedolphine! Our thoughts really are our experience of life~

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