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Don’t believe everything you Think!

Posted on: July 29, 2009

2324612788_379faaa22eSometimes you find exactly what you are wanting to say but someone else has beaten you to the punch. As I was searching for statistics on the number of thoughts we have each day I came across  the following article. Written by “I am Sheba”, this article truly gives insight as to why we think the way we do!

I just read some pretty interesting statistics. Our minds are constantly pouring out thoughts, beliefs, and self-talk. According to scientists, we have about 60,000 thoughts per day. If you do the math, that’s one thought per second during every waking hour.

The drama will dissipate.

Furthermore, of those 60,000 thoughts, 95 % of them are the exact same thoughts you had yesterday, and the day before that and the day before that. Over and over, the thoughts play around in your mind, like a never ending loop. And research also shows that of those habitual thoughts, 80% of them are negative ones.

How many times a day have ones like these played over in your mind:

‘I hate my (fill in the blank)’
‘I’m worried about (fill in the blank)’
‘I won’t be able to accomplish (fill in the blank)’
‘I’m horrible for thinking/doing/saying (fill in the blank)’
‘Nobody cares about me’

Having negative thoughts often has a profound effect on your anxiety levels and health. On the other hand, positive thoughts have a calming, nourishing effect on the mind. They are the medicine needed for that which ails us.

To think negative thoughts, ones that are judgmental, worrisome, and make you dwell on the bad, is to sentence yourself to a prison of your own making. And frequently, when you finally realize the truth about those thoughts, you smack yourselves on the head and can’t believe you were so misguided in them.

Undoubtedly, having the ability to replace negative thoughts with positive ones is most ideal.

People will say, ‘think positive’. But sometimes this is just ‘fluffy’ advice that doesn’t mean much. How about something a bit different:

“Don’t believe everything you think!”

Do you believe everything you read? Probably not. Do you believe everything you hear? Probably not. And if seeing is believing, then where does Photoshop fit in?

Similarly, your thoughts don’t always give you a true glimpse of reality. And when you hold the power to shine the light on them, you can take away their power to cause you grief.
Here’s an exercise to do:

1. Write down your negative thought.
2. Ask yourself, ‘is it true?’
3. Can you be certain it is absolutely true?
4. How do you react when you believe that thought? What happens? How do you treat others when you believe that thought? How do you treat yourself when you believe that thought?
5. Who would you be without that thought? How would you be different if you didn’t believe that thought?

Now turn the thought around. Write down the newer one. Is that as true as the old one? Is it more true? Each time you get a newer thought, find 3 real examples of how much truer that thought is in your life.

(adapted from ‘The Work’ by Katie Byron)


When you get into the habit of questioning your thoughts, you’ll learn that you don’t need to be a hero of positivity to deal with negative ones. And as you get better at questioning those that slow you down and make you feel miserable, they will lose their power over you. You will feel lighter, happier, more capable.

Article Source: I am Sheba, Live the Legacy

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