Your world is a reflection of your thoughts. Improve your thoughts,
improve your life.
“What you think about, you bring about”
I read recently that human beings have up to 65,000 thoughts a day and that 80% of those thoughts, for an average person (although, how do you define average?) are negative ones (or perhaps unresourceful ones). That is a whole lot of negativity (unresourcefulness) going on in your brain over one day!
” You get more of what you focus on”
See if you can catch your thoughts today. Raise your awareness and notice when they flash across your psyche. What kind of thoughts are popping up? Are they useful or not? the great thing is that if they are not useful we can catch them, question them, reframe them and make them more useful. As humans we have the capacity to do that, and it is made even easier when we are aware of it and practise it.
“A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes” Gandhi
I’m not talking about positive thinking, head in the sand, rose tinted specs everything will be alright if I just think hard enough. But I am saying that we have the ability and the power to use our thoughts productively to give us the best chance of focusing on what we want rather than what we don’t want.
Anthony Robbins uses the example of working with stage performers. He worked with 2 people who had similar symptoms- clammy hands, increased heart rate, lots of thoughts flashing through their minds. 1 person saw this as necessary preparation, the adrenalin before the performance, necessary to be at the peak. The other saw it as paralysing stage fright, a panic attack and focusing on that got stuck in that state. What they thought about led to feelings and then to actions. One was able to go out, perform and enjoy it the and for the other it was the opposite.
Hot Chocolate tell us that, “It started with a kiss”, but actually everything starts with a thought. The thoughts you have trigger a release of chemicals in the brain that then set you off on a chain of behaviours that either enable or disable your progress through your life. You can learn more about this at one of my Goal Mapping seminars or workshops where I will take you through some of the science behind this before looking at what you can do to make you work better for you.
- When you can get your thoughts working for you rather than against you your progress towards your goals and targets will be much speedier.
- You will have the laser like focus of a ninja as you are drawn inexorably towards where you want to be.
- Your actions will be supported and driven by your thoughts about what you want and where you are heading (rather than how it’s too hard, or you don’t know what to do, or you’re not good enough, or you don’t deserve it-sound familiar? I know I still recognise those!)
Working with a coach is brilliant for getting to where you want to get more effectively. Breaking down those walls and barriers that thoughts and beliefs have built up over the years (and fair enough, at some point these thoughts and feelings had a positive purpose. They appeared to help you out, or protect you from a perceived threat…that doesn’t mean that they are still useful to you now. What was once resourceful may no longer be serving you and it may well be a habit that you would benefit from breaking)
It’s also great to explore different options and pathways. Working with a fantastic coach inspired me to want to be a coach, to work with people to inspire them to be the best they can be, to realise their dreams and to use the strategies and resources that we all have within ourselves to achieve that.
What are your dreams and goals? (Do you know?) What do you want them to be? Why do you want them? How are you going to achieve them? Are your thoughts moving you towards or away from them? How can I support you in moving towards them?
You can find more updates and information on the Positive Goals Facebook page, follow me on twitter @positivegoalsuk, get in touch through my website www.positivegoals.co.uk or email me to book a 1 to1 coaching/Goal Mapping session (in person, over the phone, on Skype) on firstname.lastname@example.org