I was listening to the Tim Ferriss Show over the weekend and as usual, was both entertained and intrigued by so much of what I heard.
However, the bit that stuck with me the most was when Tim asked the guest what he would put on a billboard and said he would write, ‘
“Don’t believe everything you think”
I loved this so much. Don’t believe everything you think. If we really get honest with ourselves many of us would admit that the thoughts that we think about ourselves and the negativity that swirls around our minds is oftentimes so much worse than what other people are saying about us.
Training our thoughts towards the positive can be really really difficult. Although I have found that even just being able to recognize the negativity as it occurs is really helpful too. On a very tangible level, try writing down the negativity whenever it comes to mind for a day. Just jot it down on your Iphone notes or on a piece of paper.So much of what we create and experience in life begins with the simple act of thinking and our everyday thoughts. Click To Tweet
Have you ever had the experience of allowing one terrible thought to completely ruin your entire day?
It’s probably more common than we realize, but it’s also our responsibility to lessen this as much as we can.
When you’re in this situation, one of the best things to do is to acknowledge the thought or idea, thank your mind for trying to be helpful, and move on. Don’t dwell on it or think too much about it. Obviously, the more we practice this the easier it becomes.
When it comes to this topic Elizabeth Gilbert offers some great ideas, examples, and suggestions in her recent book, ‘Big Magic.’
Another book that I would highly recommend regarding the topic of Mindset is the book Mindset by Carol Dweck. Carol Dweck is a Psychology professor at Standford but the book is certainly not a textbook. It’s easy to read and she includes some great examples from her own life.
Can you relate to this subject? Do you believe too many of the negative thoughts? Let me know in the comments below.
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