What You Think Really Matters

by Neseret on January 18, 2012

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.

~ Frank Outlaw, 20th-century American Writer ~

It is often easy to go through our days in autopilot and not be aware of our thoughts. We are living at a time when so much is happening in the world. We are continuously bombarded by so much information and  technology. Speed and information overload is the order of our day.

As you go about your day are you mindful of your thoughts and emotions? Do you get enough opportunities in your daily routine to stop and notice the thoughts that are going through your mind? If so, do you feel like you get adequate time to reflect on your thoughts?

So Much To Think and So Much To Do

Since we all have so many thoughts that go through our minds in a run of a day it may seem next to impossible to be mindful of them all.  It is said on average about 60,000 thoughts go through the human mind everyday of which about 56,400 are about our own needs, wants and concerns.

We don’t necessarily have to be mindful of every thought we think about. Most our thoughts are harmless but also useless. However it is important to pay attention to our pattern of thinking. We often develop a pattern of thinking from a very young age. Some patterns of thinking are helpful and others are unhelpful and even destructive.

“Beliefs are just thoughts you keep thinking.” ~ Ester and Jerry Hicks ~

Beliefs are thoughts you think about constantly. Overtime they become automatic and habitual. You are not even aware you’re thinking those thoughts. You’ve been thinking this way ever since you can remember it has become part of your subconscious mind.

For example a subconscious thought maybe “I am not good enough” or “People can’t be trusted.” or “Men are selfish.” or “Women are gold diggers.” etc. etc. There are many different examples of subconscious beliefs. They are often negative and dysfunctional.

Beliefs Influence Your Words and Actions

When you have negative subconscious beliefs, those beliefs influence everything you say and do. You may not be aware of them but those subconscious beliefs are what is running your life.

How can you begin to identify the subconscious beliefs that maybe impacting your life negatively? More importantly how do you change those unhelpful beliefs?

Be Mindful of Your Thoughts

The first step in beginning to identify and change your thoughts is to first notice your thoughts. In order to do this you need to take time out, STOP and LISTEN. You need to be mindful. Notice what is happening within you. Be present.

Challenge Your Beliefs

Once you become aware of thoughts that go through your mind frequently you can begin to identify your beliefs. You can then start to question those beliefs. Where do they come from? What is the basis for this belief? What evidence is there to support that it is true or otherwise?

Replace Unhelpful Thoughts and Beliefs

You can use affirmations/positive thoughts to replace negative thoughts. You can also use affirmations to establish new beliefs. The good news is you can change the way you think. By changing the way you think you can change your belief and you can also change your life.

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Peace, Love & Gratitude,


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