4 Powerful Ways to Self Renewal

No matter at what stage of life you are, you could do with some improvement or shaking up. For those of you content with the way things are in your life now, pay heed to the ways you can keep the status quo. For those who feel that life throws up challenges faster than they can resolve or that their goals loom faster than they can be met or even that they are going nowhere with their present efforts, here are a few ways your mind can be reset, your days become more meaningful and your dreams seen closer to realization. 

1. Gratitude 

Practise Gratitude to see the best in every situation and count your blessings over and over again to get into a positive frame of mind. 

In her book, Magic, the author Rhonda Byrne shows how Gratitude has an immense power in making a person see the best in everything and everyone. It is precisely this positive bent that brings about changes in our lives that seem nothing short of miracles. 

2  Directed Questions

Harnessing the power of your brain to bring a change in focus is what can help you to succeed at a personal and professional level. Developed by the NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Trainer, Rex Sikes in the 1990s, asking Directed Questions is a way to channelise the brain’s capabilities of looking for answers through the massive amount of data it already has. 

The technique consists of knowing what to ask the mind so that the mind goes in a positive direction and then gets the focus on the things you most want to achieve. These questions are different from making affirmations. In fact, they are supposed to be 400 times more powerful. 

3. Examine your Narrative 

There are stories we tell about ourselves to others. They may be half truths, some embellishments and some lies. They are told this way because we want to project the best of ourselves to the world. 

Then, there are the stories we tell ourselves. These are the voices in our heads. They are the ones which say how we could not follow our dreams or could not get that job or why we turned out the way we did in our lives. We all have these narratives running in our minds telling us the reasons we are not the best versions of ourselves. 

Take out some time and examine the narrative you have of yourself. If it does not work for you, it is time to change that story. 

4. Declutter 

Get rid of the things you don’t want in your life. Declutter your space and your physical surroundings. A physical declutter can do wonders in creating a sense of relief by letting go of the stress that too many things bring. 

Marie Kondo, in her book, Spark Joy says that we should keep only those things with us that spark joy. 

Extend this logic to your emotional space. Let go of situations and people that no longer work. There is no point in hanging on to things just because you have always done it that way. Evaluate your emotions. Weed out the negative ones. 

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10 Comments

    1. Thank you for reading and sharing your experience.
      I have found these to be very helpful too, at various times.
      However, the Directed Questions that I mention here are more than mere questioning and directing the mind. It is a powerful tool to get your mind to focus on the things you want to achieve.
      I should have elaborated. If you are interested in further reading, please check out this link.
      http://idea-seminars.com/articles/affirm.htm

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  1. Hi,
    Really insightful post, great ways to go about life in general.
    I did have NLP book at one time, not sure where it has gone now though. Your post makes me want to read it again, it is one of the most important books of my life.
    I feel like discipline is a key thing in life, a way to direct a life.

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    1. Hi Ru,
      Personal discipline is really important.
      I have been very interested in NLP too. I think it is a great tool for analysis and improvement. I guess it was all the rage in the 1990s and after that it was overshadowed by other management​ concepts.
      Do share the book title when you dig out your book 🙂

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      1. Hi,
        I can’t actually find the book, but I did a quick search on the net. The one with the cover that I feel is vaguely familiar is “Introducing NLP Neuro-Linguistic Programming”.
        Have a look at it, I read through it a few times and it was helpful!

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