That Little Voice Inside Our Heads – The power of thoughts
Did you know that you have a little voice inside your head? If you don’t believe me, just try sitting quietly for 5 minutes without thinking a single thought. Can you even make it one minute? Our mind is constantly planning, analyzing, labeling, judging, worrying, and ruminating. We have between 20,000 and 60,000 thoughts per day! But here’s the tricky part; when we have a thought, we tend to believe it’s true! If someone else were to tell us that we don’t have the skills for a certain project or job, we would get defensive and argue with them. However, when WE think that same thing, we are likely to believe it. Our brain is easily fooled and can’t tell the difference between what’s real and what is just a thought inside our heads so it triggers all the corresponding reactions – physical and mental. As Henry Ford says, “If you think your can or if you think you can’t, you are right.”
Our thoughts are with us all the time, telling us what to believe, what is “real,” what we can and can’t do. We think we experience the world, but we experience our thoughts and think it’s the world. This is why paying attention to the way we think and shifting our focus is so important for our quality of life!
I recently read a quote written by Bob Conklin, a successful author, that highlights just how powerful our thoughts can be.
I can make you rise or fall. I can work for you or against you. I can make you a success or a failure.
I control the way that you feel and the way that you act.
I can make you laugh … work … love. I can make your heart sing with joy … excitement … elation.
Or I can make you wretched … dejected … morbid.
I can make you sick … listless.
I can be as a shackle … heavy … attached … burdensome.
Or I can be as the prism’s hue … dancing … bright … fleeting … lost forever unless captured by pen or purpose.
I can be nurtured and grown to be great and beautiful … seen by the eyes of others through actions in you.
I can never be removed … only replaced.
I am a THOUGHT.
Why not know me better?
Tina Hallis, Ph.D., a professional speaker and consultant for The Positive Edge, shares the Science of Success with organizations who want to create a more positive workplace so they can activate their people’s productivity and performance. She is also an authorized partner for Everything DiSC®.