With over 8.7 million species on this planet, humans with their power to think and adaptability towards various situations have an upper hand in living in this world which makes them unique from others. Our thoughts whether happy, sad, motivated, or cheerful are just a picture of how we feel about our surroundings. Our thoughts describe the type of people we are. Running in a constant rat race to satisfy our wants we tend to forget to develop our own thoughts which create a false sense of living. Sticking to our habits doesn't allow us to step out of our comfort zone and gives no opportunity for us to grow. It is important to recognize that rigidity of thoughts and habits hampers our overall growth and makes us worse off. On the contrary, changing your thoughts helps us to create our own path and takes us towards a better life.
Changing our thoughts is a gradual process. Changing our perception about things requires the need to learn and unlearn many things. It requires the need to develop a sense of acceptance towards the views of others. Exposure to new thoughts enables us to see things with a much clearer perspective since we become aware. We develop a better understanding of ourselves and have better mental health as we start taking our own care. In the present scenario it is crucial to have different views to have a better understanding of the world around us and hence there is a need to change our thoughts and habits in order to create a world where humans not just exist but actually live happily.
30 ways on how we can change our thoughts and habits
The most basic step of undergoing any change is to first mentally prepare yourself. You should be in a position to control your brain so that nothing can negatively influence your decision to change.
Changing is a scary yet overwhelming experience, therefore, be ready to deal with challenges that come your way. Few ways on how you can mentally change your thoughts and habits.
- Accept yourselves
Acceptance towards who you are is necessary for changing your perspective. Accept that you are different from others and that there is no such thing as “perfection”. Accept that you are as valuable and precious as anyone else out there. Accept the need to change your thoughts and habits in order to evolve into a better human.
- Embrace your flaws and strengths
Stop considering that having flaws and insecurities makes you a loser instead these flaws make you a ‘Human’. Having knowledge about our flaws puts a whole new picture about life in front of us which facilitates changing our thoughts.
- Work to make your flaws your strength
Just having knowledge about your flaws is not enough, you need to make your flaws into your strengths. If you feel that you cannot do something as you lack the skills then go and indulge in that particular activity. Challenge yourself and do everything in your power to win against the ‘old you’.
- Keep an open mind towards others perspective
While engaging in any kind of exchange of thoughts with others it is crucial to keep your mind open since having a narrow mindset will never let you change the way you think. The views of the other person might give you a picture of the situation that you probably never thought about and allows you to widen your knowledge.
- Sometimes just observe and listen to others
Voicing your views might not be always the best option. Sometimes when you observe and listen to others, you get a better understanding of their perspective which in turn helps you to know the pros and cons of any situation.
- Have self-talks
We have become so dependent on others for validation that we forget that the only person whose validation we require is our own self. Having self-talks gives us a reality check about what we actually think and the actions we take. Self-talks gives us the opportunity to discover those sides which we possess that might be completely hidden from the world.
- Understand that it’s okay to have negative thoughts but don’t let these consume you
Having fears and negative thoughts is pretty natural but when we allow these thoughts to control us then we not only lose our confidence but also our ability to grow as a person. Instead of focusing on negative thoughts, give importance to positive thoughts.
- Practice “ who am I”
Practicing this will help us realize our real selves. Begin with “I am a simple human”, then every day try adding something new into it based on what you learn.
- Ask questions to yourself
It’s a simple fact that we cannot be always right about things. In order to introspect our thought process, it is important to ask questions to ourselves. Sometimes the life-changing answers come from within.
The process of change can be very consuming and many times giving up would seem like a more attractive option so in order to prevent ourselves from getting distracted from our path, try meditating. It will help to calm our mind which then would allow us to think rationally.