How to Think Like a Jedi

Today we tackle the topic how to think like a Jedi.

Jedi are known for their ability to calm themselves and think quickly in stressful situations. We see this in Yoda, who at his peak in The Clone Wars was incredibly powerful yet humble and well-rounded. We see this thoughtful confidence in Obi-Wan Kenobi as he confronts the ever more powerful Anakin Skywalker.

Training your mind to convey the same thought management and emotional control of the Jedi can help you deal with everyday stressful situations and improve your quality of life.

Note: If you’re trying to learn how to perform Jedi mind tricks, this is not the article you’re looking for.

Meditation

Meditation has existed since the dawn of time. It can be a powerful tool in stress management and achieving a calm and focused mind. While meditation is an effective relaxation technique and complementary to various types of training, it’s unlikely that this practice alone is enough to deal with everything life throws at you. For that, we look to thought management.

Thought Management

Whereas the purpose of meditation is to let go of negative thoughts, thought management is used to transfer destructive thoughts from a place of negativity to a place of neutrality or even positivity. In essence, you process these thoughts in a healthy, constructive manner. Refined thought management skills will help you turn negative thoughts into actionable plans and helpful ideas.

Journaling

One of the most practical methods of thought management is journaling. Journaling doesn’t have to be pretty or organized; its function is to get thoughts down quickly so that you can identify and solve problems.

At some point during the day—perhaps before bedtime—take a few minutes to sit down and write whatever comes to mind. Don’t filter or second-guess yourself, just let the words flow out. Think of it as a data download: your mind is the computer and the paper is your flash drive.

When you are finished writing, take some time to read what you’ve downloaded. Try to identify one or two key issues that are causing you stress. Choose one of these issues and analyze it: why is this problem causing you stress? Do you have control over this situation? Is there anything you can change about this issue? What is the bright side of the situation? How can you reframe this into a neutral or positive experience?

Processing your thoughts in a constructive manner will help you devise solutions and alternative ways of thinking about your problems. In most cases, stressors are temporary; don’t let short-term situations have long-term negative effects on your stress levels and mental health.

If you’re a visual person, you may want to divide your journal pages into two columns, one for negative thoughts and one for reframed thoughts. For a step-by-step demonstration of how to practice this method of journaling, click here.

Learning to Have a Jedi Mindset

Whether it’s the humility of Master Yoda or the valour of Chirrut Îmwe, the Jedi have many traits we should all try to emulate. Of those skills, thought management and emotional control are perhaps the most integral.

At Forcewithin.net you will find helpful Jedi training resources, including Three Steps to Master Stress a guide to help you develop the calm, confidence, and focus of a Jedi Knight.

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Change can be intimidating and challenging. Just remember, you determine your reality. You choose your destiny. You decide in which direction your life will take you. How to think like a Jedi? Just get started…

May the Force be with you.