What else are you voting for?

In my last post, I asked you to pay attention to what you are voting for with regards to the external things you support, such as television programs, stores, products, etc. Today I would like to talk about what you are voting for internally. In all my years of practice as a Social Worker, Therapist, and Coach, I have found that the most troubling issue for people is their mindset and internal dialogue. This one area of concern can manifest itself in both positive and negative manners, but many people do not recognize the pure power that a simple adjustment can make in their lives. For example, a person who comes to see me because they are suffering from depression can experience an immediate shift in their mood just by simply practicing the expression of gratitude on a daily basis. A person with anxiety can experience an equally impressive shift simply by learning how to control their thoughts by slowing them down and questioning the true validity of their thoughts. As we humans are creatures of habit, we usually think the same thoughts over and over again. If you are not a thought-conscious person, it is likely that the thoughts that you are having today are essentially the same thoughts you had yesterday, last month, and last year, with only slight variations. Getting a little more scientific, each thought that you have creates a neuro-pathway in your brain and they remain present in your subconscious mind. Think of your subconscious mind as your water supply. Would you want to have your water supply muddled with poisons and toxins or...

What Are You Voting For?

My last post had to do with gaining control over what you feed your mind and limiting negative information. By now, you are probably more aware of all of the information┬áthat bombards us on a daily basis, even when we don’t go out looking for it. However, let’s take this idea one step further. I saw a very interesting post on the No More Negative News fan page on Facebook. Someone asked whether or not people feel that the news reports negative information because that’s what they want to report, or if they report the negative news because that’s what the viewers want. I, of course, believe that it is the latter. In fact, I believe that every time you watch any television program, visit any internet website, read any periodical, read any book, or purchase any product (just for a few examples), you are voting for that program/website/periodical/book/product. If there were no viewers of the negative news, there would be no sense in them broadcasting it. If people don’t put their money and energy into something, it goes away. In contrast, what you put your money and energy into expands. So what are you expanding? Do you know who produces the products you purchase and what causes those companies support? Your money (energy) is supporting whatever you direct it to. Start paying attention this week to what you are voting for. Ask yourself if these things are in alignment with your values and beliefs. If they are not, decide not to support them and seek those that...