Very often I find it hard to explore some of the central concepts in what might loosely be described as personal development or self improvement given that normal words and language are far from adequate. For example, do the words ‘universal energy’ properly capture the fact that you and I are energy, moving through a world and universe made of vibrating energy and that energy is responsive? Does the sobriquet ‘Law of Attraction’ mean different things to different people? And where are the boundaries between mind, body and spirit?

Of course, in fact, there are no boundaries between mind, body and spirit in the same way that there are no limits between us individually and the universe of which we each comprise an indispensable and intergal part. We are not just part of a whole, when it comes to us as individuals, there is just one – mind, body and spirit are simply different aspects of the one. It’s important to understand this because, when we look at the facts in this way, it becomes clear that what we’re thinking has an immediate impact on how we feel physically and mentally. For example, when one examines the problem of stress and its all too real physical consequences, we discover that our thoughts directly generate changes in body temperature and heart rate, shifts in the creation and distribution of a whole range of chemicals all of which, if unchecked, lead to serious illnesses – such as heart attack and stroke – and, if seriously out of control, can lead to untimely death.

This is my key point. Our mental state has a direct influence on the mental state of those around us – this has been proven many times by research in the field of psychology. How much more does our state of mind affect us, ourselves? Your health, fitness and wellness are all directly linked to your state of mind. Even your weight – your ability to put on too much of it or a whole range of eating disorders from bulimia to anorexia – is a direct consequence of what is going on in your head.

And what you’re thinking is completely within your own control – or should be if you could be bothered to make the simplest and, ultimately, most powerful decision that we can all make as grown ups – choosing your own thoughts. The ordinary mind is tortured by ineffective thoughts, most of which come from the subconscious. Research tells us that the normal subconscious is focused on the events of our childhood years and is more likely to focus on the negative rather than the positive. That is our default state of mind. That is not to say that we cannot choose what we’ll pay attention to, however.

You are your own master. Your life, every part of it, is created by what you’re paying attention to – whether you’re aware of it or not. This ultimate and liberating choice that I’ve just mentioned can be taken, day to day, moment to moment, by deciding to pay attention to the actual reality of the present moment. That’s the only sure-fire way of stopping your own subconscious focusing on self-sabotaging thoughts. No other mechanism is as effective, no other way has the power to absolutely transform your fitness, your health, your wellness, your personal effectiveness and, ultimately, your ability to live a life of peace, happiness and effortless success.

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