Don't believe everything you think

Don't believe everything you think

Thoughts are just that - thoughts.

~ 3 Steps to a more positive mind.

My grandpa used to say our minds are master storytellers, and can sometimes have us believe things that are not true. He himself was a master storyteller!  😁    Most of the time, our thoughts are just stories we tell ourselves.  Our minds play tricks on us all the time.   Each day is a non-stop stream of thoughts and observations, and sometimes we get lost in our thoughts. Don’t believe everything you think!

6,200 Thoughts
per day.

A new study reports that the average human has 6,200 thoughts per day.
(Reference: Jordan Poppenk from Queen’s University in Canada. The study was recently published in the journal Nature Communications.)

The National Science Foundation earlier on set it at between 15,000 – 60,000 a day, with 80% of thoughts being negative and 95% repetitive.

These thoughts may be the usual – I need to buy water, to the meaningful – I miss you, to the damaging – I’m not good enough.

It wouldn’t be such an issue if all of our thoughts were positive or encouraging but most times  our thoughts are not true and bring us down and stop us from living our best life.

The quote from Henry Ford rings very true..:  “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you are right.”

Our thoughts influence the outcome.  So if you think you can’t do something or that it will be difficult, it very likely is going to be difficult.  If you think it will be easy, you will do it with ease.  The fact is you don’t really know that it will be easy or hard if you haven’t yet tried it.  It’s only your perception that has decided on a thought.  And your faithful mind repeats the thought for you, like a stuck record, until you believe it to be true.  

The problem is if not kept in check, the negative thoughts tend to take over.  So we need to discipline our minds to think thoughts that are positive and uplifting.

René Descartes said:

“I think, therefore I am.”

but it probably should be stated as… “I am, therefore I think.”

3 Steps
to a more
positive
mind

 

We can’t always control when these thoughts will come up, but there are ways to retrain the brain to minimize the clutter and how we respond to them. 

Here are 3 steps to a more positive mind: 

1) Observe.

When you are an observer, you see things more clearly. So look at your thoughts ‘from a distance’, or different point of view.  Be aware of the thought.  

Consider why the belief or assumption is there.  Try find where it came from.  Then ask yourself if it is really true.  And counter it with a truth. 

2) Meditate. 

Set aside a short time every day to meditate.  It can be just 10 minutes in the morning as you wake up.  Otherwise if you prefer in the evening, you could do it before bed time.  Anytime is a good time.  Just concentrate on your breath. Thoughts will come up…  Write down the thoughts that come up.  As they arise, jot them down.  And redirect your mind back to your breath.  New thoughts will come up.  Jot them down.  After a week, look at your notes and be aware of the repetitive ones.  

Now as you go about your day to day activities, become aware every time that same thought reappears. Catch yourself thinking! Immediately replace it with a better thought, one that does serve you.  Your subconscious mind is like a muscle and over time the negative thought will automatically be replaced with the positive.  

3) Mindset.

Look at how you define yourself as a person.  Or how you would like to define yourself. Then change the story you are telling your inner self to one that is aligned with your goal.

Create a habit of focusing on the possibles, the positives, the how-to’s, rather than the problems and the why-nots.  Rather than saying “I can’t”, sayI’ve never tried, but I could“.  Pretty soon that may become “I can“, to “I love it, you should try it too!“.

Wave away the mental clutter and be the creator of your life.

 

It all starts with you…
As long as you’re thinking in anyway, why not think great, empowering and positive thoughts?

Happy times ヅ

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