I recently was on a call with Janet Bray Atwood (The Passion Test co-author) and Debra Poneman (Yes to Success creator) where they shared some insight from Jack Canfield: Our minds can only hold one image at time. So in other words, you can’t hold the image of your success and failure at the same time. You choose which images to create and keep.
I felt my trusty light bulb flick on. Hmmmmm. How many times do we focus on what we don’t want versus what we do want? And if we’re thinking about what we don’t want, then it’s reasonable to assume we create correlating images in our minds. I knew I did.
It’s not bad that we think about what we don’t want. It’s normal and teaches us what we do want, hopefully. The trouble is when we keep obsessively reliving those so-called bad experiences over and over again.
No wonder I felt such a disconnect with the ever-changing images in my mind. I’m a flip-flopper! One minute full of positive images followed by less than positive images the next minute. The only flip-flops I want to wear are on my feet, not in my mind. It takes a lot of self-awareness to keep your mental images positive and loving. Our minds can be judgemental and full of doubt. Or maybe that’s just my mind. But I am conscious that when my thoughts and mental images are negative – that’s my choice.
It’s up to me to decide whether to stay in a negative mindset or not. More often my choice is to honor myself by creating images and thoughts that reflect what I truly want – to be happy, successful, fulfilled, compassionate and loved.