When you don't like what's on TV, you change the channel. You don't sit there and suffer. You don't complain about what you are watching and keep watching. You don't get mad at the TV. You don't resign yourself to having to watch something unappealing.
What happens when you don't like your thoughts or your thoughts are not getting the desired results? Just as you can change the TV channel, you can change your thoughts.
Your thoughts govern your attitude which controls your actions which in turn affects your results. Therefore, it's your thoughts that control your life. You attract what you think about. If you think something is possible, you are right. Conversely, if you think something is impossible, you are also right. Your mind prevents you from accomplishing anything you think is impossible.
You are never stuck with particular thoughts. It doesn't matter why you have them, you can change your mental channel. Your past experiences do not have to pollute your future.
Problems arise when you don't change the channel. There are a number of reasons for not doing so. You may feel there are no other channels. Perhaps you believe you are on the best possible channel. Others may have influenced you with their opinions that other channels aren't worth switching to because they are unrealistic.
You have the power to create whatever channel you want. You come up with the concept and devise the programming. Every aspect is within your control. There is no requirement to ask anyone's permission. You have total absolute authority.
Are you in touch with your thoughts? Do you know exactly what you are thinking about? Are your thoughts positive or negative? How do your thoughts make you feel? Do your thoughts fill you with self-doubt or spur you into action?
If you can't answer the above questions, then you don't even know what channel you are watching. This leads to a real disconnect. It's the same impact as trying to drive down the road with your windshield painted over. It's impossible to reach your desired destination when you can't see if you are on course. Inevitably, you are bound to veer off the road.
So before you can consider changing the channel, you need complete awareness of what channel you’re on right now. You want to switch to a better channel, not one that is the same or worse.
You also must know what kind of channel you would like to switch to. To do this, an understanding of yourself is required. What do you want? What do you like? What do you dislike? Being in touch with your likes, dislikes, needs, and wants gives you the insight needed to select the channel that best fits you.
You don't want to make excuses as to why you can't change the channel. The only thing keeping you from changing the channel is you. The opinion of others, your age, or how long you've been on your specific channel doesn't matter. Your objective is to switch to a better channel.
Just as when watching TV, you may not find the right channel on the first attempt. Often you must go through several channels until you finally connect with the right one. Even a channel that at first looks good may wind up being a disappointment.
Be aware of and pay attention to your current mental channel. If it’s not what you want playing in your mind, change the channel. If you’re not happy with your thoughts, change the channel. If you are not satisfied with the direction of your life, change the channel. You have the ability to select whatever channel you want.
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