I was walking with a friend of mine when he suddenly raised the question, "How many positive thoughts do we have in our minds?"
"What do you mean by that question? Why is it so important to you?" I asked, very surprised.
"I have the feeling that I always have more negative thoughts than positive ones. Is this true for everyone?" "You know what? I am going to write an article on this interesting subject. Read my next article and you’ll find the answer to your dilemma," was my quick response.
This article is about our thoughts.
To begin, we are here now, in this state of mind, and this stage of success or failure, because of our thoughts. Previous thoughts shaped our present life, and current thoughts will shape our future.
How many thoughts are in our minds every single day? According to different sources, we have somewhere between 12,000 (the average person) and 60,000 (the person involved in highly creative tasks) thoughts per day.
As a positive thinker, I am interested only in positive thoughts. How many of all our thoughts are positive? 50%? 75%? I know I said I am interested in this, and have found the statistics, but the number doesn’t really matter to me.
I do count only the positive ones. I know that positive actions and my reality strongly depend on positive thoughts, not on negative. If I am looking for positive results from my actions, I need to control my mind, my thoughts. Control the mind? Yes, because there are no harmful thoughts, unless we accept and attach ourselves to them as reality and fact.
One more reason to refuse negative thoughts is motivation. Lack of motivation, lack of a goal, is actually a form of depression, which drains our vital energy. If we want to stay motivated, we must focus on positive outcomes. Controlling the mind sometimes scares us, and for many reasons, but I understand and believe in the mind-body connection. Not listening to what the body is trying to tell us can result in negative outcomes.
Let me tell you this story.
I came to know a very successful person through a common friend. She was CEO, mother of two, with a husband who loved her. The perfect picture for anyone! What was missing here?
That lady was extremely busy, with an incredibly hectic life. Over a couple of years she had experienced many medical symptoms, due to her way of living. She didn’t pay attention to what her body was telling her-to slow down.
"When my instinct and my gut tell me to slow down, I’ll slow down," was her comment.
It was not long before her body was sending a message that something needed to be changed.
She heavily fractured her leg and was bed-bound for a full two months!
"Just a terrible accident": is that your comment?
"I didn’t listen to my own body," was her understanding of the situation, "that was telling me to change something in my hectic life. On one hand I had a great positive thought (go for my goal), but on the other my health symptoms were a message I couldn’t understand. I did not expect or believe that the mind was so powerful. I have learned my lesson. Now I know: This accident was a wakeup call for me to radically change my personal and family life—and I did it."
What’s your comment?
Mine is simple: All our power comes from within; therefore try to control the mind by focusing only on positive thoughts, but don’t stop listening to the body’s messages. Each and every bodily symptom has something to say to us. The most important thing is to understand how the mind-body connection works, and to respect that power. When speaking to others, try to stay positive. Positive talk with others means the cultivation of positive expectations and, most importantly, positive programming for ourselves. Everything we say to others, we are also saying to ourselves.
If you believe something is missing in your life, first change your way of thinking and then take appropriate action. Watching thoughts can change outcomes and personal expectations. Unhappiness arises from the conditioning of the mind, the thoughts, not just from the circumstances. If you still don’t see why a positive attitude is important, remember this: Quality of life depends on thoughts! A positive approach to life directly affects health by changing the chemicals in the body. Don’t wait for illness to tell you what needs to be changed.
Jahiel Yasha Kamhi