There is an old saying: “What you put in is what you get out”.
And this is particularly true for the way your mind works.
In order to take control of your thinking, it is important to know how to do it. It is easy to let your thinking do its own thing and go where it wants. The problem is, it may just be heading in the wrong direction … and the results can be disastrous.
Let me explain. Think of your mind to be like a glass bowl and into this bowl you place positive and negative thoughts. Lets associate positive thoughts with white beads and negative thoughts with black beads.
When something goes wrong or something happens that you do not like, you begin to dwell on it. The more you dwell on it, the more negative energy you give it so you emotionally head in a downward direction. For example, if you focus on how a person has told fibs about what you have done or said, the more you think about it, the angrier you become. You can hang onto this anger for hours, days, weeks, months or even years.
The problem with negative thinking is it often produces more negative thinking. You are simply adding black beads to your bowl en masse.
And the thing to recognise is, when you go to sleep and awaken in the morning, you do not start with a clean slate. You begin the day with what you went to sleep with. If your thinking has been negative, while a new day can begin with some positive thoughts, it will not take much to go wrong for the negative thoughts to reappear.
Ask someone how they feel first thing in the morning and there is a good chance you will not receive too many positive responses. Even the response “Okay” is not what I call positive.
When you are depressed, stressed or worry about things, you are simply adding black beads to your bowl. The more black beads you add, the worse you feel.
People who are depressed for many years have trouble overcoming their depression as they constantly add black beads to their bowl. They can reach a point where their system becomes so stressed (too many black beads), they often end up with a chemical imbalance.
The majority of people have far more black beads in their bowl than white. Research shows the average person spends 75% of their time thinking negative thoughts. They worry about things. They stew on things. They gossip. They are constantly adding black beads to the bowl.
To reinforce this, when asked what is going wrong in their life, they list around ten things. When asked what is going right, they will list one or two things or say “not much”.
Why is it Important to Think Positive Thoughts?
Analysis of teardrops shows when you cry tears of sadness, the chemical composition of those tear drops is completely different to when you cry tears of happiness. With every thought, you have chemicals released into your body. Sad thoughts produce sad chemicals; angry thoughts, angry chemicals; happy thoughts, happy chemicals. The only chemicals that produce peace, harmony, good health and lots of energy are happy chemicals. To get these happy chemicals, you need to have positive thoughts.
Do you want to be adding positives or negatives to your bowl?
The quickest way to reduce the number of black beads being added to your bowl is to cease your negative thinking.
Monitor your thoughts so you produce positive thoughts that are going to work for you in a positive way. Focus on what is going right in your life, what you do have and endeavor to make each situation work for you.