An average human being thinks about 50,000 – 60,000 thoughts on any given day. We are an embodiment of our thoughts. They influence our day, happiness and overall life satisfaction. Here are a few reasons why we should monitor our thoughts
Our life is not a dress rehearsal, every choice matters. To truly act in line with our objectives we need to monitor how we speak to ourselves. Many people are unaware of their negative thoughts. For example, “You’re never going to get that job, don’t kid yourself” influences a person to remove themselves from an opportunity whether the thought is rational, or not. Normally negative self talk is not factual but based on an insecurity. Do you really want your insecurities to guide your choices?
The most painful emotions are immediately preceded by some kind of interpreting thought. For example, a new connections doesn’t telephone when they said they would. If your interpreting thought is, “They don’t like me after all,” you would feel sad at being rejected. If your thought was, “They deliberately lied to me about calling,” you might feel anger at their lack of authenticity . This simple insight forms the heart of why we must monitor out thoughts: You can change your feelings by changing your thoughts.
This should be your overarching rule.
Take time to really unpick why you feel a certain way, at any one time. Awareness derives from the practice of mindfulness which is, being present, in every moment and objectively understanding why you feel and in turn act in any given way.
If we take the above example regarding a new connection that doesn’t telephone when they said they would – awareness allows you to insert rationality into the thought process – before you act out a negative emotion and become either sad or angry.
Is this thought honest and based on fact?
Do you have factual evidence/experience to support your thought?
Is this thought something you can do something about, if not is it worth your thinking time?
Leila is PCA’s Head Editor and Researcher. She holds a 1st class Law with Business degree and became a published author at 25. Former crime investigator turned business journalist. On a mission to show businesses that presenteeism is a thing of the past. Everything seems impossible until it’s done. Typically found working from a white beach in South-East Asia embracing rapidly changing technology.