As you awaken in the morning, what’s the octane of the emotional fuel that you pour into your mind? Is it high octane? Are you curious about what you can do to make a positive difference today? Are you ambitious to get on with your aspirations and aims?
The octane of the emotional fuel that you pour into your mind comes from the self-talk in which you engage. We must remind ourselves that we have the power to choose what octane our emotional fuel will be. What you value has everything to do with the self-talk that you focus upon.
Some folks wake up grumbling. They choose to start their day with low octane emotional fuel. And as weird as it may be – they actually seek out confrontations throughout their day to validate their choice of low octane energy.
Some folks wake up with a bright smile. They love what they’re up to in life, and they’re ready to go, full of passion and resilience.
Here’s three tips I’ve found helpful to be sure I continually fill up with high octane emotional fuel:
I’ve made it a habit to remain aware of, and abandon all self-talk that implies, “Poor me.” “Poor me” provokes problems. “Poor me” guarantees an identity that stops us from living the abundant life of love and laughter we all come here to experience.
I have trained my brain to be alert to moments when the compulsion “to be right” is trying to take control of me. I stop whatever I am saying or doing immediately, before the compulsion gains the momentum it needs to make my decisions for me. People who spend their time defending their points of view are not receptive to anything new. I remind myself that a quiet mind is an inquiring mind that seeks answers that work in life, not answers that insist I’m right. Such answers offer no opportunity for growth.
I take the time to pay attention to the people with whom I associate. I truly believe that birds of a feather flock together; or perhaps it should be said, “Birds that feed on the same octane of emotional fuel fly together – some soar high in the sky and some flop low to the ground. Be willing to see that your emotional state of mind has everything to do with the kinds of people who are attracted to you. Are you soaring with the eagles or clucking with the chickens?
What do you value? You value a worthwhile life! Thus, you must be willing to admit that the battle is not against the world, but with the low octane emotional fuel that you may be feeding your mind.