Not all that long ago, I was going through a very difficult time in my life. I felt like my career was in chaos - out of control. I didn't know exactly what I wanted to do or how to even figure it out. My mind felt so scattered. Whenever I tried to set goals, I didn't even know where to begin. I couldn't see the light at the end of the tunnel.
I was speaking to a friend about my chaotic mind and she said something very simple to me. She said "It starts with you Jenn. Things are chaotic because your thoughts are chaotic. If you want this to change, it's simple. Change within. Once you stop being chaotic on the inside, things will come into focus on the outside."
That was the turning point. She was right. I needed to simply decide what I wanted to do, and set things in motion to get it done. Sounds impossibly simple, right?
It is! Our outside world, is a direct reflection of what is going on inside of us. If your thoughts are scattered and unsure, they will create uncertainty.
For example, is there an area of your life that you want to change, but you just can’t seem to make a change happen? Take a look at your thoughts, and where you are focusing your energy. Energy flows where attention goes. So if your attention is scattered and unfocused, you won’t be able to put focused energy toward anything.
Once you clear your mind and focus on what you want, your energy has a clear path to flow in that direction.
Ask yourself, "what direction do I want to go?" Answer that question clearly and precisely and you will have a starting point. Once you have a clear starting point, you will begin to see possibilities opening up in front of you.
Think about a situation in your life that you want to change. Write an in-depth description of the situation. Look over your written description. Do you have a focused, clear picture of the situation, or are your thoughts going in different directions regarding the situation? Write down your answers to these questions: Why do you want to change the situation? What ideas do you have to change the situation? Are your ideas working? If not, are you putting action behind your ideas?
The “why” behind changing the situation should be your motivating factor. If your why isn’t strong enough, you won’t be motivated to change. For example, when I started my own business, my “why” was so that I could have a flexible schedule to be available for my daughter. That is a very strong why for me and very motivating. Your why should be enough to spark action.
The other important thing to look at in this exercise is the action you are taking. You can want to change your situation very much, but without action, you will continue to create the exact same situation. Ask yourself “what small action can I take right now to take control of this situation and begin changing it?” Any action, no matter how small, will get your energy moving in the direction of the change you wish to create.
Your thoughts are very powerful. Get them focused, get them in line with the changes you wish to create, and you can do amazing things!