What we think and how we think creates the world around us.

There are many books written by inspirational people that confirm that premise and some even walk us trough the process of thinking positive thoughts even in times when circumstances seem to conspire to upset our day.

Some of my favorite books about this subject are “The Law of Success” and “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill, “Wishes Fulfilled” by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, “The Slight Edge” by Jeff Olson and “Dying to be Me” by Anita Moorjani.

The message is that if we harbor negative thoughts of any kind we will have negative experiences in our lives, and conversely if we keep positive thoughts in our mind and are vigilant about mindfully pushing negative thoughts away we will have positive experiences in our lives.

While at a recent convention, I heard the CNN contributor, Mel Robbins, talk about the psychology of how to change habits by stopping your mind from “thinking” negative thoughts.

You can see a similar talk she gave on TEDx Talks entitled, “How to stop screwing yourself over.”

She has also written the book, “Stop Saying You’re Fine: The No-BS Guide to Getting What You Want.”

The message is that we can change bad habits and negative thoughts in five seconds.

I try to eliminate the negative energy that confronts me every day of my life by following a simple system.

I borrowed the idea from author and speaker Tony Robbins, who called this his “hour of power.”

The first thing I do each day is to review my plan for the day — that takes about 20 minutes. I use David Byrd’s Achievement System and planner.

The second thing is to read 10 pages of personal development — like the books I’ve mentioned in this article — another 20 minutes.

Lastly, I do 20 minutes or more of physical exercise every day — sometimes that includes three sets of sit-ups, push-ups, dumb bell curls, squats and stretches; and sometimes just a walk or even yard work.

I have also eliminated the radio and most of TV filled with news about all the negative events of the day and listen to an audio book from one of many authors of personal development — I lovingly call this “Drive-time University.”

The point of all this is to help me be grateful for the abundance of the universe at all times.

The last and most important activity for me is reviewing my five-year vision and my dream boards just before going to sleep — because I know that my subconscious mind will work on whatever is last given to it before falling asleep.

This is how I make sure the source of us all (most people refer to as God or another deity) — can conspire to help me be truly awake and clearly see the abundance and opportunities during the day.

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Randy Martinsen is the president/CEO of BudgetWorks Inc., a marketing and business consulting firm, and brand partner for Nerium International. He can be reached at 707-206-6443 or randym@budgetworks.net.