Everyone who is capable of thinking fights the same battle – the battle against ‘brain junk’. The difference between successful people and everyone else is that they know it is the most important battle to win.
So what exactly is brain junk? It’s our mental baggage, that negative voice telling you you’re not smart enough, talented enough, good enough to do the things you want to do. This cerebral clutter holds you back and keeps you from dreaming big – destroying your aspirations before you even start to work on them.
We all have it in different forms, but the way we deal with it defines us. Knowing how to clear it out helps successful people reach their potential.
So, how do you clear out brain junk? First of all, it is unlikely that you’ll ever completely get rid of it – even if you think you’ve dealt with it, chances are it will be lurking in the back of your mind, waiting for the opportunity to pop up and throw you off track. The key is knowing how to handle it when it does pop up…
1. Identify your junk
Accepting that you have brain junk and acknowledging it is the first step to success. Knowing you have it allows you to take control.
2. Assess your junk
Is your junk about money? Being smart? Tracking your thoughts for a couple of days in a journal will help you identify your particular clutter.
3. Toss your junk
Time to get rid! Start by gradually replacing negative thought patterns with positive thinking. You could also write your own success history book to help alter the way you see yourself.
4. Rinse and repeat
Follow these steps whenever brain junk rears its ugly head and over time you will become more and more adept at clearing your clutter.
Sometimes it’s hard for us to change the way we view ourselves. Getting help from a life coach could help you think more objectively and positively. For more information, please see our Personal Development page.
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