April 1, 2016
5 Ideas, 3 Questions, and an Action
Because no baby is born doubting, hating, or limiting itself, we must learn these types of thinking from somewhere outside of us.
It’s easy to see that most of our ideas come from other people, and from there new ones are built over time in our brains. We combine one outside idea with another to form unique thoughts, which populate our inner-world.
These ideas become our truths, which, in turn, become our beliefs. And, our beliefs define our reality. That is because we live by them consciously and subconsciously.
Our beliefs, therefore, form the context for our actions. And, our actions alone affect others and the world. That is, it is difficult to affect someone else with our thinking all by itself. However, the actions that we take that are based on this thinking have major potential to transform the world around us—in positive and negative ways.
Our thoughts become things.
Can I identify three thoughts that I have each and every day?
What is one thing that I love about being me?
What is one lasting change that I would like to implement into my daily life?
Desired Result: Observe how thoughts create thoughts
Concrete Action: Try counting your thoughts for 60 seconds
This action has two parts and will take two minutes.
Part One: Set the timer on your phone for one minute. Grab a pen and a piece of paper, start the timer and close your eyes. Make a mark on the paper with the pen for each thought you have. A thought here is defined as any idea that is effortlessly there in your brain “waiting” to be “thought”. Observe how one of these thoughts jumps or transforms into another thought with the same effortlessness. Each time this occurs, make a line.
Part Two: Set the timer on your phone for one minute. Start the timer, close your eyes, and try to have NO thoughts.
Ideas for Reflection: What happens? Does the effort to consciously not think thoughts work? As in, when we make the conscious effort not to kick a soccer ball in front of us, we can do it—but can we not think by thinking about not thinking?
What do you think?
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Zach Carlsen is the grateful lead blogger at StrengthsLife.com
His strengths of Ideation, Connectedness, Input, Strategic, and Empathy have taken him all over the world. He is an inventor, athlete, joyous wanderer/wonderer, translator, poet, and Transformation Coach.
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