positive and motivated. While there's no off button for those relentless
"tapes" there are things that you can do to turn down the volume
and shift your focus from the negative to the positive.
An important part of any focusing regimen is to set aside time at the end of the day - just before going to sleep - to acknowledge your successes, review your goals, focus on your successful future, and make specific plans for what you want to accomplish the next day.
Why do I suggest the end of the day? because whatever you read, see listen to, talk about, and experience during the last 45 minutes of the day has a huge influence on your sleep and your next day. During the night your unconscious mind replays and processes this late-night input up to six times more often than anything else your experience during the day. This way cramming for school exams late at night can work and why watching a scary movie before bed will give you nightmares. this is also why reading good bedtime stories is so important for children - not just to get them to get them to fall asleep but because the repeated messages, lessons, and morals of the story become part of the fabric of the child's consciousness.
As you drift off to sleep, you enter into the alpha brain wave state of consciousness - a state in which you are very suggestible. If you drift off to sleep while watching the 11 PM news, that is what you'll be imprinting into your consciousness - war, crime, automobile accidents, rape, murder, executions, gang wars, drive-by shootings, kidnappings, and scandals in the boardroom and on Wall Street.
Think how much better it would be to read an inspirational autobiography or a self-improvement book instead. Imagine the power of meditation, listening to a self-help audio program, or taking the time to plan the next day right before you go to sleep.
Jack Canfield from The Success Principals
So how are you spending the last 45 minutes before you go to sleep?
Are you watching the news? Surfing the Internet? Checking Facebook or any other social media?
How about starting a new habit of reading something inspiring and motivating before you go to sleep?
Maybe you will sleep better and also wake up more motivated and ready to go the following day.
And how about skipping the late evening news? I stopped watching TV, several years ago.....and honestly.....I haven't missed it!!!
"Do something today that your future self will thank you for"
So leave me a comment and let me know what you are planning to do before you go to bed!
How about leaving the TV off and pick up a good book!
Karin Glannstam - Personal Success Coach