Inspiring Success: Trains of Thought - Get on Board the Right One
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"A particular train of thought persisted in, be it good or bad, cannot fail to produce its results on the character and circumstances. A man cannot directly choose his circumstances, but he can choose his thoughts, and so indirectly, yet surely, shape his circumstances. " ~ James Allen.
There are those people who think they're an optimist; they tend to think more positively about life.
There are those people who think they're a pessimist, who tend to think more negatively about things.
And then there are those of you who insist on calling yourselves a realist.....yet have you EVER heard a realist point out the positive in a situation? They always point out what won't work, or what's wrong in a situation. Realists get real! You're a pessimist in denial!!!
The fact of the matter is whatever you tend to think about, that is what you see in your life. If you're someone who thinks angry/frustrated/depressed/anxious/negative thoughts - you're going to see frustration and anxiety in your day. And so those trains of thought are going to send you spiraling to a destination where you really don't want to end up!
The more you can train yourself and condition yourself to think more positively, the more you'll see reflected back to you and the better you'll feel. So, here's a little experiment I invite you to try this week:
This week, make a note of your thought patterns
On a scale of 1 - 10 (where 1 is extremely negative and 10 is extremely positive), notice where they tend to hover. (Try to avoid sitting on the fence and going for 5! Do a proper analysis).
If you discover your thoughts are around the 7 + mark - GREAT! What can you do to keep thinking this way? What needs to happen for you to stay consciously plugged into the positive?
If you discover more of your thoughts tend to be towards the lower end of the scale, ask yourself: "What needs to happen for me to move my thoughts just one step further up the scale?" This isn't about pretending everything is great and pretending you're on a "10" - it's about being aware of how and what you think and trying to look for the positive - however small - when you notice your trains of thought taking you down a negative track.
This isn't about pretending everything is fine and life's a gas. I know many of you have got trying circumstances and challenging situations you're facing. But what you think about them makes a real difference in how effectively you deal with them. And I want you to be successful in these situations!
George Bernard Shaw once said: "Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything."
So, what train are you going to catch? Get on board the right one!