We have all heard a story or read an article on the power of positive thinking and yet we all have found ourselves in a negative state of mind at one point or another. Luckily, there are tons of resources out there to help us control our thoughts. Our self-talk is important, because it helps determine how we feel and how we will act, whether it be positive or negative. For some reason, our negative thoughts appear to have more of an impact on us. We can become overwhelmed quickly by our negative thoughts and they can leave us just as quickly as they came in or linger for longer periods of time. What causes these negative thoughts to grab a hold of us?
There is a physiological reason that makes it challenging to manage our self-talk or our thoughts. The brain, this wonderful machine, is the one playing tricks with our mind. The average rate of speech is 300 words per minute, whether you speak out loud or you think. Your brain can process 450 words per minute on average, leaving a whopping 150 words per minute that can be filled with thoughts. It is like a conduit not filled to capacity, where there is room for unwanted thoughts. We need, through self-awareness and lots of practice, to control the conduit size and only allow wanted thoughts. Try to image, our mind as a theater, the conduit like a stage and our thoughts as actors. Some are positive actors, others neutral and there are those lurking backstage waiting to get a chance to push themselves into the spotlight. They cannot share this stage and thus, when the negative actors show up, the positive ones leave the stage. You must always be asking ask yourself: ”Who’s on stage?”.
How important is it to manage our thoughts? The power of thought, as R.W. Emerson says, is a spiritual power. It is the greatest power that a person has at his/her disposal. The world today, is in its present state simply as a result of mankind’s collective thinking; each nation is in its present state of either peace and prosperity, or poverty, murder and anarchy, simply as a result of its thinking as a nation; and each individual is what he/she is, and his/her life is what it is, and his/her circumstances are what they are, simply as a result of his/her thoughts. What you think, you become; what you think is the mainspring of all your actions; what you think, attracts your circumstances and your environment, determines what type of friends and companions will be around you; what you think, will make you happy or miserable, successful or not, healthy or unhealthy, prosperous or poor, hated or loved. Your thoughts will build up your character or pull it down. Indeed, there is no limit to the power of thought. It is through positive thinking that one can make the unsuccessful successful in the battle of life, it is how one can overcome difficulties, disadvantages of birth and parentage. Life is beautified, inspired and energized with this God given power of thinking positively. Choose your thoughts wisely.