Experts estimate we have about 60,000 – 80,000 thoughts per day.
Most of them are recycled thoughts. Thoughts we have been thinking hundreds or thousands of times.
Our brain likes to create patters because it takes less energy to follow a pattern and one of the brain’s jobs is to preserve energy.
It wouldn’t be efficient to think our way through and create new thoughts for every little thing we do on a daily basis, like putting on our clothes on or turning on the computer.
It could be helpful to picture these thoughts as background noise. If you’ve listened to the same play list on Spotify enough times you might just start to hear bits of the music in the background instead of every single sentence in each song.
Even if the brain it’s doing its job, there are some thoughts we could benefit to question. Automatic thoughts that has become repeated “truths” and beliefs. Thoughts we are not even aware of as they’ve turned into that background noise.
Thoughts that are preventing us from getting to where we want to be. Thoughts that are keeping us stuck.
One way of becoming aware of what you are actually thinking is to write it all down on paper.
“What do you mean? Of course, I know what I’m thinking” you might think.
Are you absolutely sure about that?
I can’t tell you how many times my clients have told me with a surprised tone: “I didn’t realize I was thinking that” when they see their thoughts in writing. I’ve experienced it too, more times than I can count.
Writing down your thoughts on paper is especially helpful when you feel stuck or is struggling with something.
Just put that pen to the paper and start writing. Don’t worry about trying to find the right words or using the correct grammar. The idea is to just dump it all on paper.
Some good starter thoughts could be:
What are some of the thoughts I’m thinking right now?
Why do I feel this way?
What is my biggest concern right now?
What do I think about this situation?
You can follow this with asking the question:
What happens then?
Answer it. Then, use that answer and ask the same question again: What happens then?
This will help you dig a little deeper into your thoughts.
The purpose of this exercise is not to solve your problems, but to identify and uncover the thoughts you are not aware of.
The first step to change is awareness.
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