What are you thinking?
AUTHOR: Elaine Harrison
Depending on the time of day you‘re reading this, you will already have had approximately somewhere between 2,000 and 63,000 thoughts. I say approximately because the research does vary, but one thing is certain, we all have a LOT of thoughts every day; some more useful and helpful than others. It is also said that 90% of our thoughts are repetitive, 90% are about the past or the future, and a staggering 80% of them are negative! It’s a wonder any of us remain sane.
Do you talk to yourself? Please don’t say it’s only me…seriously though, your thoughts are like a running dialogue inside your head. And sometimes they really do take on the form of a wise advisor or a not-so-wise adversary. Even if you are not aware of it all the time, your ‘self-talk’ affects you. Right now your self-talk is the words you are reading (which is one of the reasons getting your head stuck in a good book proves such excellent escapism from the rest of life), but if you stop reading for a moment - what do you think?
The choice is yours
If you were to spend every moment of every day for the rest of your life with someone else, would you want them to be:
A - supportive, encouraging, motivating, empowering and fun?
B - unsupportive, critical, negative, and pessimistic?
The great news is you do get to choose. The person you spend more time with than anyone else in your life is YOU…and it’s up to you whether you fall into the A or B category.
The majority of people do not control their thoughts, but rather allow their thoughts to control them. However, it would be foolish (hmm, is that a useful thought?) to suggest that from this moment onwards you can micro-manage your mind, but what you can do right now is raise your awareness of your thoughts, to the way you talk to yourself; check in on what’s playing on channel you every day.
- Here’s a few questions to get you thinking (some more!):
- Are your thoughts predominantly positive or negative?
- Are they mainly about the past, the future or the now?
- Are there patterns?
- When your mind wanders, where does it go?
I wish you happy thinking and all the benefits that go with it.