When you are first beginning to realize that you have the ability to control and direct your mind you notice all your thoughts and feelings rushing by; all the connections begin to light up and origins of thoughts and patterns of habit begin to appear clearly. When you find yourself looking at all those thoughts, all those feelings, and all the other variables that come before and after; what do you do?
How do you grab hold of yourself, your feelings, and all the faculties of your mind? How do you take possession of your mind and direct it towards your desire? How do you succeed? First, take a long deep breath and then a few more! The most important thing to do in this moment is to believe that you can do it. Believe you can take possession of your mind, believe you have the power to control and direct your mind to whatever ends you desire. Whether you know it or not, you have the ability to shape and create everything about your life. And, it all starts with belief. I have spent many years on the path to self-mastery and I still need a lot of work. But, we all have to start somewhere, and the best place I have found to start is with belief and also decision. Decide right now and proclaim, “I will master myself” and “I believe I can master myself”.
After you have made the decision to master yourself and thus master your mind, and after you’ve proclaimed to yourself many times, “I will master myself” and “I believe I can master myself” you must act quickly. Find something about yourself to begin mastering at once. No one knows you better then you, only you know your deepest desires, feelings, and thoughts. You must first start to focus on yourself; start observing yourself during your daily activity. You must begin to be present during every moment of your day so you gain awareness and insight into yourself and your modus operandi. You have to begin to break all habits of thought, feeling, and action that do not serve you and your purpose, and then rebuild them. Self-mastery is a potentially long and strenuous road. I try really hard while writing to only use positive and open writing, as not to shape my readers experience with my experience but, this is just a cold hard fact…self-mastery takes work and lots of it. And, just when you think you’re done you notice a new portion of yourself that needs molding. I am beginning to believe that there is no such thing as self-mastery, only the path to it. With that being said, deciding to master yourself is one of the best decisions that you can ever make because it will lead you to amazing and wonderful places you never thought to dream of.
Deciding to master yourself must be a daily task if you are to accomplish your goal of self-mastery. This allows you to control and direct yourself to any desire you choose. When I first began mastering myself I started with making sure I held myself accountable for observing myself throughout the day: while working, walking, showering, eating and everything in between. What was I thinking? What was I feeling? Why? How did it influence me? I would ask myself thousands of different questions attempting to understand myself as I currently was. Some days I would focus all my efforts on my feelings, other days on my actions; sometimes I would only focus on how I interacted and thought in regards to my wife. Anything you can think of about yourself and your thoughts and actions I spent hours analyzing. I finally came to a point where I knew myself pretty well, I knew what I was going to do out of habit before I did it; honestly, it was impressive that I even noticed. I spent most of my time acting out of habit, thinking out of habit, and feeling out of habit. That one really got me, realizing that there was a cycle and flow to my feelings, which habit dictated. Not self-induced habit, but habit formed purely by experience. For a moment I’ll admit I was incredibly overwhelmed with how awfully I appeared to be engaging with life. I had studied quite a bit by this point and thought myself a little more advanced in self-improvement then most, but this exercise had revealed that I had only scratched the surface. I spent the next few years, systematically at times and haphazardly at others, deconstructing my old way of doing things and building a completely new set of rules. I started forcing myself to act certain ways in certain situations in order to encourage the formation of positive habits in every area of my life. I began intense affirmation training and started developing MindTuner recordings to allow myself to rebuild areas of my life in record time and cover many different areas of life all at once. I began to work on my foundation as a person, realizing that there are some things that hold us up and make us strong and built to last. I started to seek these things out and to cultivate them within myself. Truth be told I’ve never stopped and as far as I can see I never plan to, I will continue to master myself as long as I have a self to master!
I have developed and discovered many ways throughout the years to influence and build my mental character. I am a firm believer in tuning your mind for success, by this I mean allowing the Law of Attraction to guide you to the desired focus. Of course you must take action, you have to take the ship out of the harbor, but you also need to know where you are going and constantly be checking your course on your way to your destination. In this case, your desire! This is where Mind Tuning comes in. I find a quiet place, sit comfortably, take some deep breaths, and close my eyes. Then I begin to tune my mind, I accomplish this in many ways including my MindTuner recordings which I have made for myself throughout the years and good ol’ fashioned focus of attention (Mental Push-ups!). I begin to repeatedly state my desire: “Self-mastery”. I focus on this desire until I feel my attention hold fast for a few minutes and then I allow my mind to wander and see where my held desire leads my thoughts, and my imagination especially. If it is some form of positive action I affirm my belief in my abilities and then I act upon the positive inspiration immediately, seeing it through to its total completion as far as I am capable at the present moment. On occasion the need to develop myself before receiving a positive inspiration will arise. If this happens, I use a simple technique I bring up as often as I can to as many people as I can. I ask myself, “What is the opposite feeling or thought to this current one?” I then begin to focus my mind on this new need I have found. Say for example after tuning my mind to self-mastery I have the thought, “You don’t have the will to do such a thing.” I instantly ask, “What’s the opposite of this thought?” Here I would be really clear and include the accomplishment of the desire in my affirmation, allowing me to further reinforce my original intention, “I do have the will to achieve self-mastery”. Another affirmation I really enjoy that I would most certainly begin using with this is, “I am filled with higher will.” It really lifts the faculty of the will to a new height allowing you to achieve incredible things. This technique of course can be applied to anything you desire and when stated clearly and definitely will accomplish great results. I encourage you to tune your mind throughout the day and anytime you need to accomplish a task or goal. It’s really important to let your mind know what you intend for it to be doing; it improves focus and cultivates the power of attention.
Stay committed, persist with confidence, believe you can achieve, build your desire, focus, and take action; once you do you’ll start to see a new you taking shape, a controlled and powerful you who can accomplish anything with ease. Deciding is a truly wonderful and magical thing; the power of committing to a decision and charging forward towards that decision is one every person should endeavor to develop.
You decide. You focus. And, you tune your mind. Then you’re on your way to self-mastery.
About the Author:
Christopher A. Aseltine has over 15 years of entrepreneurial experience across several different industries. For the past 9 years he has been delving into the world of self-help and success. He has always had a passion for helping others, counseling and helping friends and family from a young age. Christopher has decided to take the knowledge and experience he has gained over the last decade and a half and present it all in one place in order to reach and help the broadest audience possible.
Christopher is married to his wife, Nicole, with two children, Ariana and Ace. He enjoys music and plays several instruments. His life’s passion is business and marketing. He is enthusiastic, fun-loving, and can sometimes be a bit over the top, although those that know him well might say always over the top. His hope and goal with Mental Impressions is to use that passion and enthusiasm to serve others well.