If you were asked to estimate the number of worrisome thoughts you experienced on a typical day, how many would guess at? A few? Maybe a couple of hundred even? Well, given that the average human experiences between 50,000 and 70,000 thoughts every single day, it seems likely that we have more worrisome thoughts than we are consciously aware of.
But whether you’re consciously aware of having them or not, negative thoughts have a very real impact on our behaviour, attitude and our actions; they can be the difference between speaking up or putting up with a problem, with going the extra mile or giving in. The trouble is that we don’t often realise we’re having them.
Most of the time we go about our day without a second thought as to what might be running through our minds, and whilst it’s nigh on impossible to acknowledge every thought we have, being unaware of most of our thinking is a sure-fire way to let our mind assume control of us. As soon as we relinquish control over our thoughts, there’s nothing left for us to do except put up with what our minds insists we think.
But we can, and we really ought to, take responsibility of our thoughts. After all, we are the only one who thinks them so it’s only fair we choose the ones we want. Being conscious of our thoughts isn’t difficult; it takes a little more effort and time than you would normally expend, but ultimately you’ll be left with a mind that responds to you rather than controls you.
To see how easy it is, start now. Take a mental note of what’s running through your mind whether it’s about this article, or a past or future event. If the thought is pleasant to you, milk it. Think of all the wonderful feelings you associate with it and savour them. If the though is unpleasant, change it. This is taking control of your mind. Yes, it takes practice but once you learn to cultivate this habit you’ll realise just how important it is for your own wellbeing to choose what feels good to you.
Very little good comes from negative thinking and worrisome thoughts rarely bring peace of mind, but the wonderful truth is that you can choose not to let them run your life. Acknowledging your thoughts gives you ultimate control over your life experience, so go on, choose the good ones!
photo credit: <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/130810335@N06/25590410722″>Deep thoughts</a> via <a href=”http://photopin.com”>photopin</a> <a href=”https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/”>(license)</a>
Like what you’ve read? Help to keep me going 🙂