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Life Makeover for the Year 2009

Week 16 – Master Your Mind: Are you a Warrior or a Worryah?

April 20, 2009

Greetings!

Well if you looked for me on Good Morning America you may have wondered where I was :). Our segment was bumped, last minute, to this week. The new air date is this Friday, but, as television schedules often shift, you’ll want to check local listings to be sure. I’ll also post the segment online here once it airs.

If you live near me, don’t forget to join us at the Newburyport Literary Festival where I’ll be talking about “The Writer’s Life” this Saturday at 10:30 am at the Firehouse Theater. Also, I’m heading to sunny San Diego for the “I Can Do It” conference at the end of April and to Chicago for the “Celebrate Your Life” conference in early June. You can read about these events here.

I’ve been talking to people on Twitter (username: coachoncall) and on my Facebook page here. It’s really quite fun. Check it out!

Have a wonderful week!

Love,
Cheryl

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Topic of the Week

Master Your Mind

“If you can’t sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there worrying.
It’s the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep.”

Dale Carnegie

People always ask me how I’m able to find something to write about nearly every week. Sometimes the idea comes as a flash of insight out of the blue, but most weeks I find inspiration in my conversations with others, my own struggles to live a good life, inspiration I find on the web or in an email from a reader, and sometimes I get a fun idea while driving in my car. That’s what happened yesterday. While on my way to an appointment, I passed a church with a sign announcing the topic of their Sunday sermon. It read:

“Are you a Warrior or a Worryah?”

As soon as I saw the sign I chuckled and grabbed my iphone to record the idea. Then, I spent the day thinking about ways to shift from being a Worryah to a Warrior. To be a Warrior means to take charge of your thinking, to choose to see opportunities instead of roadblocks, or to absolutely refuse to give in to your distressing mind. If, like me, you have a tendency to worry, here are four things you can do to stop yourself from spiraling down the drain:

1. Make a decision, right now, to become a Warrior. All positive change begins with a decision – a choice to rise up to a whole new way of being in the world. So, if you tend to be a Worryah, make a decision to take charge of the most powerful creative tool you own: your beautiful mind. Tell yourself:

“I am the ‘Master of My Mind’ and I choose to think positive, life-affirming thoughts.” Or make up your own version of Warrior speak.

2. Let your body lead. When you start to ruminate about something, catch yourself and immediately move your body in an outrageous way. I know, I know. This might sound a bit crazy, but stay with me. Do something wacky with your body. For example, if you have a tendency to worry when in bed (before going to sleep or upon waking), the minute you start thinking troublesome thoughts, you might:

  • Go to the bathroom and make goofy faces in the mirror.
  • Sit up and shake your head from side to side while holding a big smile on your face.
  • Get up and start dancing a happy dance (if you share a bed with someone, please warn them ahead of time :)

The quickest way to shift your state of mind is to shift your body from the position it’s in once you start to worry. Try it and experience the magic for yourself.

3. See yourself as a Warrior. Take a few moments to find an imagine of yourself as a Warrior. You might see yourself sitting stick straight on the back of a beautiful white horse, dressed like a king or queen, holding a golden sword, armed and ready to slice away at any worrisome thoughts. Or, you might imagine yourself as a big, majestic, bird who drops any negative thoughts into a cleansing lake where they’re transformed into positive ones that allow you to feel strong, courageous, and resourceful. Then, see yourself flying back from the lake with a renewed determination to be an even stronger Warrior.

To find your own image, close your eyes, take several slow, deep breaths, and ask your subconscious mind to gently place an image in front of you. Go ahead. Do it now…

When you find yourself worrying about something, focus on your image to return your mind to a more resourceful state.

4. Do something for someone else. Sometimes the fastest way to shift from “Worryah to Warrior” is to get out of your own head by giving support to someone else. I’ve had days when I’ve been strangled by worry and literally forgot what I was worrying about after spending time on the phone with someone who needed comfort, advice, or a listening ear. It always happens. Being a Warrior for someone else will instantly make you a Warrior for yourself.

So how bout it? Ready to make the shift? Let’s go to battle fellow Warriors! Think great thoughts: I am empowered by everything…My life is a gorgeous reflection of Divine Wisdom…I touch the soul of everyone I meet…I am fearless…I am filled with great ideas…I love deeply…I can do anything…I believe in the power of good…I am a Master of My Mind!

Speaking of Warriors. If you’re one of the three people left on the planet who hasn’t yet seen the Susan Boyle video from Britain’s Got Talent, check out a real Warrior here.

And, if there’s any doubt in your mind that this woman can sing, listen to an earlier version of “Cry Me a River” by Susan more than ten years ago. Just beautiful. Click here.

Take Action Challenge

Shifting from Worryah to Warrior starts with one small step. Choose an idea from above and begin now. While worrying is a normal human behavior, you can limit the amount of time you spend in this suffering state by choosing to do something different.
Life Makeover For The Year 2009 (sm) is written and produced by Cheryl Richardson. If you have any questions or comments, or for reprint permission of this newsletter, please email: cheryl@cherylrichardson.com. © Copyright 1999-2009. Cheryl Richardson, P.O. Box 13, Newburyport, MA 01950. All rights reserved.