Many thoughts consume us daily. But out of the many that fill your head, they’re considered to fall under two categories. The thoughts that enter your mind without effort, and the thoughts you deliberately choose to have and explore.
Is your thinking getting in your way?
Often you will recirculate thoughts when a certain topic is at hand. These same thoughts show up without effort. It could be thoughts that arise when a certain subject is brought up, or it could even be negative thoughts about yourself. It’s likely that you’ll have the same thoughts that you’ve had in the past about those things. It would take effort and deliberate choice to change your thoughts about these subjects you have thought about and discussed many times.
Confusing thoughts with facts.
You may feel that the many thoughts you have are true for your life. This is because you’ve said them to yourself most often. This doesn’t make them your best thoughts, it makes them your most repeated thoughts. It’s common to believe that the thoughts you have most often must be true. But that’s not always the case.
Habitual thoughts vs chosen thoughts.
A new thought or something you’ve never considered before is a chosen thought. Using a question like, “what thoughts or beliefs if I had them would help me achieve the life I want” will help you choose thoughts that truly serve you, rather than the ones you’ve been circulating for a while.
Just because you find yourself thinking the same thoughts, doesn't mean you need to fight them. Allow them and continue to move forward. Don’t compete with the things you’ve been teaching yourself for years. Instead, think about the thoughts you need to have in order to have your best day.
Explore the thoughts you're having today and the thoughts you need to have in order to be your best self and leader. The choices you make about them will affect the quality of your life and those around you.