Lately I've had some clients that are extremely intelligent. We're talking genius IQ level here. Being smart has a lot of benefits, but sometimes we can be too smart for our own good. Smart people tend to think....and think.....and think.....and many times the ways in which they think don't serve them too well. They are consumed with negativity, lack of confidence, doubt and all those other patterns of thinking that just don't contribute to a higher quality of life.
If you find yourself in the category of perhaps being too smart for your own good, here are some things to try:
- Remember that you can change the pattern of your thinking. This isn't easy, it is like changing any other habit, it takes conscious effort at first. You simply redirect your thinking, as you would the attention of a child who is misbehaving. Every time you have a thought that doesn't really serve you, move the focus of your thoughts from negativity to something more positive.
- Try not to be such a smarty pants. In other words, try to move from the intellectual to the emotional or feeling tone. Or, to put it another way, try to get out of your head and into your heart. Again, this will take conscious effort at first.
- Meditate. Meditation is about focus, not about clearing your mind. Repeated attempts to focus your mind will train the mind, so that it behaves better. Focus on a word, such as the one in the photo above, or a mantra, or a phrase, or do a walking meditation where you remain totally mindful of your surroundings and the placement of your feet.
I'd love to hear about how you turn your thoughts from the negative to the positive!