Give your mind a fresh start for 2013

By Kay Wagner | Jan 02, 2013

“Two men looked out through prison bars. One saw mud the other saw stars."

This favorite saying of my father’s demonstrates the positive perspective. But it seems that some of us have to retrain our brains in order to keep looking up!

We can empower positive thoughts by following the advice of Norman Vincent Peale: “Repetition of the same thought or physical action develops into a habit which, repeated frequently enough, becomes an automatic reflex.”

I learned this 10 years ago when my life was falling apart. I had developed a habit of complaining and focusing my attention on the domino effect of problems that kept coming.

My brother-in-law suggested that I focus on what was working in my life. His words changed my life.

After I began to focus on the many beautiful parts of my life the ‘bad luck’ turned around. I started to experience miracles.

What we focus on expands. I love how Dale Carnegie said it.

“About 90 percent of the things in our lives are right and about 10 percent are wrong. If we want to be happy, all we have to do is to concentrate on the 90 percent that are right and ignore the 10 percent that are wrong. If we want to be worried and bitter and have stomach ulcers, all we have to do is to concentrate on the 10 percent that are wrong and ignore the 90 percent that are glorious.”

Recently, my 7-year-old granddaughter asked me, “What does ‘stressed out’ mean?”

It’s a hard question to answer. But I think when we are stressed we are focusing on the 10 percent that’s wrong.

Sometimes we need to take action to resolve conflicts and find win-win solutions – but that article is for February!

We can start to de-stress now by putting our blessings into the forefront of our thoughts.

Let’s follow Albert Einstein’s advice: “There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.”

Don’t waste the power of your imagination on worry.

As the happy parts of our brain grow stronger it helps calm the stressed parts. We become more solution-oriented because, as we gain strength and control in the positive outlook, we are better equipped to resolve the tougher issues.

Cultivating the power of our thoughts and imaginations brings in more blessings. For as Einstein said, “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.”

Let the miracles begin!

Kay Wagner is an LMP and NASM certified personal trainer, leads strength training, yoga, pilates and free weights at Rosehill Community Center. She offers personal training and meditation coaching in her studio overlooking the mountains and water, at 828 2nd St. in Mukilteo.

Kay specializes in coaching boomers and seniors. Email kay@kaywagnerwelllness.com, call 425-353-4545 or visit kay@kaywagnerwellness.comfor more information.

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