“We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking.” Santosh Kalwar
If you don’t like the results you’re getting how will you change your thinking?
Why talk about our thought life? Simply put: everything starts with our thoughts. How we start our day, how we run our business, how we treat our family, employees, friends, vendors, and competitors all start with our thoughts. If we focus on the negatives we will produce more negatives.
It’s a universal law, not just some new age mumbo-jumbo. It’s a principle that’s been around for thousands of years. Just 2 examples of many:
- Buddha taught, “We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. Then the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”
- Before that there was an old Jewish proverb, “As a man thinks in his heart, so he is”.
The challenge is what to do when your thoughts aren’t beneficial. We are by nature addicted to our thoughts. WE LIKE OUR THOUGHTS. WE THINK OUR THINKING IS RIGHT THINKING! It isn’t easy to change. We have to be proved we are wrong, usually by some pain in life. The sooner we change the less pain. The longer we hold on to wrong thinking the greater the pain.
When I’m talking with a client whose “thinkin’ is stinkin’” and it’s getting in the way of their success I ask the following questions and together we come up with an action plan:
- What are you focusing on? Are you complaining about what isn’t working, but not doing anything about it?
- Who is responsible for the results you are getting? It’s so easy to put the blame out there instead of looking to what’s going on within. Are you the victim or resistant to change?
- What changes can YOU make?
- If the worst happens, what will you do? How will you make the best of it? How will you make it work for the best? How will you make lemonade out of lemons?
- What are the changes you need to make in your thought life that will impact your business?
- e. Think of all the studies that have been done around the impact Gratitude has
- What changes do you want to make in your environment that encourage you to take your thoughts captive and stop the “stinkin’ thinkin’”?
- Maybe you stop watching the news before going to bed?
- Maybe you listen to some uplifting speakers on YouTube or Ted Talks
- What new thoughts do you need to practice (i.e. affirmations, etc)
- Who can you call upon to support your changes in the way you think?
St Paul wrote, “Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things”
What will you choose to think about this week?
FYI: Santosh Kalwar, born September 7, 1982, has a Doctor of Science of Technology (Human-Computer Interaction) and is an entrepreneur, poet, and author.