The most important thing you can do to change your life is to change your thoughts. I know, it’s easier said than done. We all have a pattern of how we process our thoughts. For some this pattern serves us well. For others, not so much. The good news, though, is you can change the pattern.
The bad news. Studies show that we have anywhere from 12,000-50,000 thoughts per day. That’s about 48.6 thoughts per minute! And, scary thing, most of these thoughts are the same ones we had yesterday, last week, last year.
With so many thoughts bouncing around, how do you become aware so you can change them?!
For starters, sit down and try to meditate. No, really. Most first-time meditators complain they “can’t” meditate because thoughts keep coming up. Our brain thinks. Try not to think and you’ll most likely have a thought bubble up in a few seconds.
When it does, notice…
- What was that thought about?
- Is it true?
- Does it serve you?
- Does it limit you or move you forward?
- Do you tend to act of thoughts like this?
- Have you ever let these kinds of thoughts control you?
Notice and make some notes for further evaluation.
Remember, just because a thought comes in, doesn’t mean it’s true. And. It doesn’t mean you have to continue to think it, believe it or accept it.
Practice being more conscious – or mindful – of your thoughts, just like when your stomach growls for food. When thoughts come, determine how they are serving you and what to do with them. Then do it.
Watch your thoughts, they become your words;
Watch your words, they become your actions;
Watch your actions, they become your habits;
Watch your habits they become your character;
Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.
– Lao Tzu