This week's "Mental Muscle Meditation": pay extra attention to your thoughts this week...are they strong, positive thoughts? I've developed my own easy to remember thought cue for reframing my thought patterns: stop, drop and roll. It's not just for putting out physical fires...it also puts out negative mind fires. When you catch yourself in a weak thought: stop, drop and roll. Stop the negative thought in its tracks, drop it from your mind and roll into a positive, stronger thought pattern instead.
In order to strengthen our bodies, we have to strengthen our mind. As you think about achieving your inner excellence and training your brain to succeed, I leave you with this poem that Gary shared in Mind Gym, and that golf legend Arnold Palmer used as his credo through the years:
If you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think that you dare not, you don’t.
If you’d like to win, but you think you can’t,It’s almost certain you won’t.
If you think you’ll lose, you’ve lost.
For out in the world you’ll findSuccess begins with a fellow’s will.It’s all in the state of mind.
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man;But sooner or later the man who winsIs the man who thinks he can.
– Walter D. Wintle