Why every thought is a choice
It’s 2017 and our lives are full of choice. Have you ever thought about how many choices you make in a day? Let’s take a look!
- Whether to get up or have another five minutes in bed
- What to wear
- What to have for breakfast
- Which route to take to school run/work
- Which piece of work to tackle first
- Which emails to reply to first
And so it goes on…
Then you’ve got choices of what to eat, what to buy, what to watch, what to read, who to be friends with, who to talk to, what to read, where to work, work holiday to take… the choices are endless. And let’s not talk about how you want your coffee 🙂
Choose how you feel by changing how you think
But do you ever take time to choose how you think which in turn creates how you feel? This isn’t about turning your emotions off. We need emotions as humans. It’s about understanding that a thought creates a feeling. So if you get caught up in feeling bad, low or depressed and you know that your thoughts are creating these feelings, this gives you the choice.
The choice whether to continue thinking them and feel bad or the choice to have different thoughts and feel different.
Change your story
Aren’t thoughts amazing anyway? A thought is an invisible thing that can be an idea, an anxiety, hold anger or make you feel completely rubbish. A thought can be from the past, present or in the future! Thoughts change worlds and create inventions. Thoughts are humans most powerful asset!
When you have a thought that makes you feel bad it will be because it is attaching itself to a story. A story that you hold in your unconcious mind and connects itself to the thing you feel bad about. When you have the thought, you recall the story unknowingly and your unconcious will also search for other evidence to back it up. Even the silliest little thing that your brain has somehow connected to that story.
If you are feeling like things don’t go right for you and feeling down about it, you will recall all the times where you think things don’t go right for you and look other times things didn’t go right (or how your brain thinks they didn’t go right if it has aligned that belief to a situation).
It will also look for all the times people said that you didn’t do something right, because your very clever brain is looking for evidence and your unconcious mind has a record of everything that has ever happened in your life. No matter how bad you think your memory is, your unconcious knows! This is how people are able to recall things in Hypnosis when their unconcious mind is fully present.
The choice is yours
So the choice you can make is when you feel yourself slipping into negative thoughts to catch yourself. Stop yourself from falling back into that story which isn’t true and choose a different thought instead.
You can change how you feel about being trapped by emotional pain and not liking yourself if you change your story. Now this might sound impossible and if you need help breaking free from the stories that keep you trapped, then I can help you.
Now here we have looked at how our minds can be naughty and focus on negative stories, but we didn’t cover how our amazing minds can be so powerful when they are being positive! So how about creating some new stories where you are happy and vibrant and looking forward to your day/week/year/life!
This blog is one in a 30 day series about self-development and practical lists we will be making to enhance our lives. I’m using these blogs to provide coaching and advice in my capacity as a qualified coach and Hypnotherapist working locally in West Sussex and Worldwide on Skype.
Quick review of yesterday’s list:
Yesterday you wrote a list of some smoothies you might want to try. Have you got the ingredients yet?
Your thought choices list
Today list is to try and catch negative thoughts as they arise and write them down. You might be surprised how different they feel when you write them down.
See you tomorrow.
Honey ( Sussex based Hypnotherapist that helps people with stop smoking, anxiety, weight loss, stress and depression).