Deepak Chopra and Wayne Dyer often quote a study that concludes that our minds are bombarded by an average of 65,000 thoughts per day. What’s interesting about this figure is that about 95% of those thoughts are exactly the same thoughts that passed through our mind the day before.
And it gets worse… For most of us, 80-90% of those thoughts are negative and totally unconscious. This would indicate that offering someone a penny for their thoughts is a really bad deal, because, in the sum total of things, their thoughts are actually worth less than nothing. In fact, many of our thoughts have a negative value or destructive impact – they actually cost us something to have them.
Studies show that the human brain actually processes between 2,500 and 3,500 thoughts per day, each ranging from 12-14 seconds long. According to these same studies, the more focused you are on something the fewer thoughts you will actually process each day. For instance, elite athletes only process an average of 1,500 thoughts per day because they are so focused on what they are doing at any given moment.
The majority of us spend 90% of our time thinking about yesterday or tomorrow, when in fact, the only impact we can have is RIGHT NOW.
So, we have to look at our thoughts in terms of investment (good thoughts that move us in the direction of our dreams and goals) or cost (negative thoughts that focus on our limitations or things from our past, or our present circumstances – the thoughts that keep us STUCK). Your exercise for this week is to monitor your thoughts so you have a baseline for where you are.
Now, am I asking you to analyze each of those 65,000 thoughts that are vying for your attention every day? Absolutely not. But what I want you to do is make a note of how you are feeling throughout the day – how you feel will tell you exactly what kind of thoughts you are thinking – if you feel bad you’re thinking bad thoughts, if you feel good you’re thinking good thoughts and you should keep doing just that (this is NOT rocket science).
At the end of the day, you want to be able to say “I thought more good thoughts than bad thoughts today – my thoughts were an INVESTMENT in myself and my future and I am moving toward my goals.” If you do that day after day, you WILL, by LAW, move toward what you desire – what your predominant thoughts are about. Good thoughts – move ahead; Bad thoughts – go backwards or stay stuck – it’s your choice.