Thoughts are literally just sentences in your brain. You give your brain a circumstance and it will immediately come up with a thought about it. Let’s try it: Beyonce.
What thought did you have about Beyonce? You probably thought, “She’s the best to ever do it.” ? Or maybe you thought, “She’s so overrated.” Or maybe you thought, “I don’t care about Beyonce.” Either way, you had a thought about it. Crazy, right?
So how can two people experience Beyonce differently? She doesn’t change. She just is. We experience her differently because each person has their own thoughts about her. Life just is. Circumstances are what they are. There is nothing to it until you give meaning to it with your thoughts.
The best thing you can do for yourself is to think about what you think about. Be an observer of your own thoughts and just notice how you think. A simple exercise to do this is to take 5 minutes and do the following:
- Get pen and paper
- Write down what you’re thinking about in that moment. All the sentences that come up, write them down.
- Don’t try to filter out anything, think too hard, or try to change what you’re thinking. Just let it happen. Write it down.
- All the sentences that come to your mind, all the drama, all the positive thoughts, all the negative thoughts…write it down.
- Review your list of thoughts. Anything surprising? Look at each one and ask yourself “Why am I choosing to think these thoughts?”, especially for the ones that don’t feel good to you.
Now. Remember from my last post, while thoughts automatically come up, we choose to continue thinking them until we’re given a reason to change them or we DECIDE to change them. And since our thoughts ultimately lead to the results we see in our lives, we have great reason to change them if we are not seeing the results we want to see in life.
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Gabrielle, The Thought Trainer