Friday, September 25, 2009

Improve Your Finances by Improving Your Thoughts - Where Are Your Thoughts Taking You?

People who do great things don't sit around wondering what can go wrong; they sit around imagining all of the things that can go right! When we're first exposed to the power of our minds to 'choose' what they think about, we often don't want to admit it. We say things like...
"But I can't help it!"
"I can't stop thinking about..."
"My mind just wanders."
"I just can't keep myself from thinking about..."

Yet the fact is, we CAN control our thoughts; it's just that before we can, we must become aware of them.

This means we have to take time to notice what you're thinking...and when you DO notice your thoughts, what kind of thoughts are they?

To find out, simply ask yourself these questions:
• Are my thoughts positive or negative in nature?
• Are my thoughts optimistic or pessimistic in nature?
• Am I thinking about the past, the present or the future?
• Am I creating my life or pretending to be a victim in some way?

Yes, noticing your thoughts takes practice because, for some reason, human beings have such a hard time accepting the idea that WE are at the root cause of all things life-related. And yet, when we do, we are all powerful in creating the exact life we wish to live.

Once you get good at being aware of your thoughts, you'll start to notice that you have certain thought 'patterns' that replicate themselves day in and day out. It's these thought patterns that must be changed in order to change our lives. After all, even if you don't want to admit it, we ARE what we think about most of the time.

Have you ever noticed that there is one thought that comes into your mind over and over again that then leads to the same additional thoughts that then leads you to the exact same conclusion or idea every single time? We often refer to this as a 'chain of thought' because one thought leads to the next and so on.

For example, it would be like thinking about getting yourself a scooter to ride around town on in order to save money on gas and ending up deciding you should get a Harley! The initial thought leads to another thoughts which eventually leads you to the exact same end thought.

What are some of your thought patterns? Take time today, and every day, to follow your thoughts. Then make a decision: would you rather continue following them or would you prefer to decide where to take them and make them follow you.