Whether you realise it or not, one of the most powerful forces in your life is your self-image.  A positive, healthy self-image can carry you to heights you’ve never imagined, while a negative self-image will drag you down like a lead weight.

To a large degree your self-image is influenced by the pictures and messages you continually feed into your mind.  Positive, uplifting messages help to foster a healthy self image, while stories of doom and despair are only going to bring you down.

Your mind, just like your body, is conditioned by the pattern of your daily habits.  If you get into the routine of exercising every day and putting wholesome nutritious food into your body, it is inevitable that your level of health will improve.  While filling up on crisps and fizzy drinks everyday while taking up permanent residence on the couch has the opposite effect.

By treating our minds like our bodies, that is feeding them what makes them healthier and exercising them the right way, we can make a complete shift in our mental make-up.

Detoxing your mind takes practice and discipline, but the payoff is worth the effort.  The goal is to be positive, but start by challenging yourself to change your attitude and go from there.  Become aware of the changes that you see in yourself and in those around you.

Focus on the positive, motivating thoughts in your mind.  This goes for what you watch, read, listen to, and most importantly, what you think.

Find time for things that lift the spirits whether its reading, music, nature walks, exercise.  Break away from gossip and get into the habit of giving compliments.  It’s always nice to receive them don’t you think?

If negative thoughts about yourself or someone else enter your mind (and they will!) work on putting a positive spin on them if you can. Or instead of complaining that your electricity bill is too high, come up with creative ways to lower it or simply be thankful for the modern conveniences you are lucky enough to have!

You draw into your life those things that you consistently focus your time and energy on.  Become a magnet for happiness and prosperity by continually thinking happy, prosperous thoughts.

Happy New Year!