Your internal capacity is your ability to manage and leverage your inner world of thoughts and emotions and to reverse your senses when need be. It is your conscious ability to quiet your mind and create internal harmony – the peace you feel inside yourself when you have no conflict regarding who you are.A person with high internal capacity can maintain positive, optimistic, fearless, and courageous thoughts in the face of challenges and setbacks. He has the ability to understand, reason with, and control emotions. He has the instinctive ability to handle complex and difficult situations. In short, internal capacity is your ability to think and see clearly, maintain positive and optimistic thoughts, make wise decisions, and feel calm, peaceful, and confident regardless of what is happening in your external world. So, how do you develop your internal capacity? Stop asking yourself the question, “What should I do?” and instead ask, “How should I think and be?” The rubber hits the road when you stop looking for answers outside yourself and begin looking for answers inside yourself. You must stop looking so hard and instead learn to process your thoughts and emotions more effectively. Your external results are a direct reflection of your internal capacity. Three techniques to develop your internal capacity:
- Mindful meditation. Sit quietly and learn to still your mind. Become the observer of your thoughts and emotions, and gain greater awareness of your motivations and fears.
- Awareness. Negative emotion can turn your thoughts to ones that are critical of others, and a need to control or degrade them to win and survive. By becoming more aware of your emotions and how they affect your thoughts, you can intentionally change them to be more positive, and in turn, no longer feel as though you are held captive by anger, fear, worry, or other negative emotions.
- The power of autosuggestion. Re-write the internal scripts that are holding you back through repetition of positive mantras and believe statements. Try this: “I am whole, strong, clear and powerful. I am compassionate, loving and harmonious.”
You can learn more about these techniques in Martin’s book Reversing the Senses.
Every great dream begins with a dreamer. – Harriet Tubman