Statistics hook me in. They excite me. They open the door to curiosity.
For example we think more than 60,000 thoughts a day. The questions that statistic provokes start me to wondering what happens to those thoughts? Where do they go when I am finished thinking them? Do I even know I am thinking them? Are they merely little packets of creation - floating in cyberspace?
The answer is of course – those thoughts are energy which serve me up my day. Good or bad – they create my experiences – before during and after they leave my consciousness.
I recently asked a business owner on a coaching call what was going on in their world. Without hesitation they began to ramble on about their current thoughts. They were so entrenched in current worries, concerns and regrets that they did not even hear the question. They in fact were not really aware of what was going n in their business!
This ‘thought tornado’ phenomenon is one of the reason we do not achieve our goals or even get to our to do lists! Our minds are so busy with thoughts that it over rides our ability to act. These little voices that rule our thinking sound something like this:
“You need to call Judy – oh but wait – I think it is Tuesday and Judy is out at her meeting – well maybe I will call Judy later – but the last time I spoke with her she sounded upset at me – I wonder why? – geeze what did I do now? – maybe I better send her a card…”
“Oh my gosh – I forgot to email about my upcoming event – how could I forgotten that - boy am I stupid! Why don’t I remember stuff like that – people must wonder about me…”
“O dear my head hurts. I wonder how my kids are doing – oops did I sign that permission form? What was I thinking? I better run that over to the school right now – did I follow up with that my new client Sally? I wonder why she has not called me back? Gosh this shirt looks old – o boy – I am looking old. I should exercise more…what should I cook for dinner tonight? ….. “
Sound familiar? 60,000 thoughts – running around our head – all day long!
For many this is not only the start to the day – but our busy mind continues like this all day long. No wonder we don’t feel good about ourselves, the jobs we do and we are unable to get anything done.
What happens is we lack the ability to focus our thought – harness that powerful engine we have in between our ears. Instead we let our thoughts take us on a ride – instead of managing the energy for our own best good.
The most ironic part of this process is that we then wonder aloud why we never get anything done, or remark at how unlucky we are at growing our business!
Thought create things. They can create confusion and chaos – or we can harness their energy and create a fabulous moment, a fantastic day and countless opportunities!
How do we begin? It is much easier than you think. Let me give you a starting point.
1. Commit to 5 minutes twice a day. (can you do that?) Set a timer if you are worries you will forget when 5 minutes is up – or to ensure you actually take 5 minutes!
2. Sit quietly, close your eyes – focus on your breath. Think about how easily it comes in and goes out. How remarkable is it that our body knows exactly when to breathe in and out!
3. Focus on the energy you receive from your breathing. Think of the plumes of energy that enter through your nose and imagine them actually entering through the top of your head. Watch them flow into your heart – into your lungs and tingle out to the ends of your finger tips. Know that now you are connected – to yourself!
4. Greet yourself – go ahead – say hello! Thank yourself for taking time for you. Appreciate yourself for WHO you are. Think about the wonderful person that you are. Hug yourself – and let yourself know you love yourself.
5. Have that conversation now about how you would like your day to proceed. Ask yourself to focus on positive and creative thoughts. Ask yourself to watch for doors opening. And remind yourself that today there is enough time for everything.
6. Open your eyes when you are ready. Write down the top five things you want to accomplish today – and begin number 1.
This is a simple way to create a harness for those thoughts that if left untamed would take you on a wild ride today.
They not only belong to you – you have the ability to create new ones and to harness them to bring you closer to where you want to go. You get to choose how you will react- which thoughts to focus on and which thought to cancel.
Les Brown said many years ago “What we think upon grows”. This is the most powerful truth I know.