An Untrained Mind Can Accomplish Little
Athletes train to accomplish an athletic goal. Doctors train to practice medicine. Teachers train to educate students. Chefs train and learn how to create culinary masterpieces.
Just as these tasks require training to perfect, our minds must be trained to think thoughts that ultimately reveal themselves in our outward actions, appearance, and interaction with others. As I’ve shared here on the blog before, the mind is an extremely powerful medium and what we think, we become (Tweet this).
What we think, we become.
The chatter box runs rampant in the minds of most of us. All it takes is one negative thought to lead to another negative thought which leads to the “what if’s” and fear and worry and resentment and negativity.
Remember, an untrained mind can accomplish little!
“An untrained mind can accomplish Little”
As a creative person and entrepreneur, the wheels are always spinning in my mind and when I’m not careful, fear of ‘what’s next” easily creeps in and makes me nervous about the future. I’ve had to make a conscious decision to start silencing the chatterbox by meditating and centering myself daily. This is not easy, by any means. The first few minutes of my meditation usually involves me having to bring my thoughts back to center because concentration is not easy. No matter how many times my thoughts wander off into a different direction, I work hard to bring them back to center by repeating whatever mantra I choose to meditate on that day.
I do my best to focus on the present because I can’t change the past and I have no idea what the future holds. In fact, worrying about tomorrow steals today of its sunshine! What I have to focus on is the “right now” and training my mind to release the fear.
As leaders, mastering the practice of controlling your thoughts is so important because what you do comes from what you think (Tweet this)! Leaders are not born, they are made and they are made better by perfecting effective principles of Leadership such as unwavering courage, having the ability to establish and carry out a vision, paying attention to detail, and having strong decision-making skills. Many times, the best way to make important leadership decisions is by silencing the mind, removing the “ego-filter” and making decisions that will impact an entire team(s).
“What you do comes from what you think!”
Dr. Carmen April is a young entrepreneur and community leader recognized as a 2013 Nashville Business Journal Top 40 Under Forty Award Recipient and is a 2014 Graduate of the New Leaders Council Institute – Nashville Chapter. Dr. April is available for speaking engagements on Leadership for College Students and Young Professionals.