Twitter, social media, and the media in general have become a dumping ground for fear driven messaging. Have you noticed?
The only thing we can ever truly control is our thoughts and how we choose to respond to any input. Inputs come in two forms: externally through our 5 basic senses (sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste), and internally through our 6th sense, our creative imagination, or our emotions, which are often triggered by an external input.
We cannot control these inputs. They happen every second. From the weather, to your family interactions, to politics, to violence, to work interactions, to the stock market, and the list goes on.
But we each have a choice. We can choose how we react to each input and how we act based on our situational awareness. We act based on fear or purpose, there is no alternative.
Every action you perform, starts with a thought. Without first having thought, your brain cannot instruct your body to perform an action. Writing this blog, for example, came from a thought, and now I am typing these words. Each finger press into the keyboard is a mini thought processed and executed. This is why thoughts are so powerful; and control over your thoughts will change your life.
Thoughts are created through the catalyst of the inputs we experience, some we generate, but most come from our environment. Our thoughts are either purpose driven or fear driven.
Let's examine fear based thoughts first. There are six basic fears that we experience:
- Fear of Death
- Fear of Ill Health
- Fear of Old Age
- Fear of Loss of Love
- Fear of Criticism
- Fear of Poverty
When we stand on the edge of a cliff or have a gun pointed at us, our brain tells us there is danger. This is a natural result of the Fear of Death. If we receive a call from the hospital telling us that our parent is there and we should come right away, we experience the Fear of Loss of Love. If we lose our job or the stock market crashes, we have the Fear of Poverty.
We cannot control those external inputs, and we should not try to ignore the fear that they generate. The fear is a signal that you care deeply about something.
Most people react to fear and create thoughts that are fear-based and fear-motivated.
Very few people actually view fear in the correct manner. We should view fear as a signal to tell us that what we really care about is in danger, and we must create new thoughts in response.
If you have identified your core purpose, you can learn, through lots of practice, to transform every input into an action that is driven by your purpose.
I believe that with your core purpose in mind, you choose to create thoughts that lead to actions that direct you closer to your core purpose, not reactions to fears based on inputs out of your control.