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Monday, June 27, 2011

What Are You Thinking?

"Any idea, plan, or purpose may be placed in 
the mind through repetition of thought."

~Napoleon Hill

This can be either very helpful or not very helpful.  If you are thinking empowering thoughts, and repeat them often enough, you can be empowered.  You can create ideas and plans that inspire you.  You can allow purpose (and passion) to move you forward toward great things--just by thinking those thoughts repeatedly.  AND if you are thinking thoughts that limit you, those thoughts will just as surely keep you from getting the outcome you were seeking.  What are limiting ideas or thoughts?  Ideas that contain a negative--for example, when you think about what you DON'T want, rather than what you DO want.  Thoughts that focus on failure, anxiety, worry, memories of bad experiences, self doubt, fear, guilt, hurt, sadness, or anger.  If you are going to be putting ideas, plans and purposes in your mind through repetition of thought, why not make them empowering ideas rather than liming ones?

This week:  Sit down with a piece of paper divided into 2 columns.  At the top of one column, put "Empowering"; at the top of the other column, put "Limiting".  Now spend some time brainstorming.  Identify those thoughts you think regularly and repeatedly.  Write it down in the column it belongs in.  Does it empower you or limit you?  Continue you doing this until you have captured them all (or at least the most frequent ones).  This may take you a few days.  Then look at the "Limiting" column.  See if you can reword them so that they are 1) positive 2) empowering and 3) could be true (you have to be able to believe that the belief could be true, even if it isn't quite true yet).  Practice REPEATEDLY saying the empowering thoughts OUT LOUD this week.  Do you get more confident about it the more you say it.  If not, practice changing your body language and say it like you MEAN IT!  

Linda Pucci, Ph.D. is a psychologist, life coach and expert at helping people overcome mindset limitations that block their success and happiness.  Many people stockpile negative emotions and limiting beliefs from past negative experiences (what Linda calls "emotional clutter") and it keeps them stuck.  For more information about how to change this, go to http://www.InnerResourceCenter.com . 

9 comments:

Sue Painter said...

Right up my ally, I love this! Thanks, Linda.

Kristina Shands said...

This goes right along with a program I just finished about visioning and positive thoughts. Love the challenge of actually writing down empowering and limiting thoughts and shifting those limiting beliefs to be more empowering. I will definitely take that challenge this week.

creativelyfit said...

Thanks, Linda. Love this! Quantum Physics states that we literally create our reality, supporting the popular Law of Attraction idea. It is a challenge to choose positive thoughts but the difference it can make is tremendous! Thank you!

buildingconfidentleaders.com said...

Thanks Linda. What you suggest is a powerful tool to help us learn more about our 'thinking' in order to stop negative scripting ... you know, telling ourself - or writing for ourself - some bad story that is not going to happen at all; unless of course we persist and make it so!

buildingconfidentleaders.com said...

Thanks Linda. What you suggest is a powerful tool to help us learn more about our 'thinking' in order to stop negative scripting ... you know, telling ourself - or writing for ourself - some bad story that is not going to happen at all; unless of course we persist and make it so!

Mary Ellen said...

Thank you Linda for these excellent tips. Your post reminds me of Covey's self-talk, we need to keep it positive!

Denise said...

Linda, thanks for your reminder of positive thinking this week! Couple those thoughts with matching positive feeling states and we got lots of shifts happening. I love your weekly reminders. Easy, quick and shift rich. Best, Denise

The Professional Commuicator's Coach said...

Great post Linda - I love using the Appreciative Inquiry Approach which is all about focusing on your strengths and what you "do" want and not what you don't want.

Tiffany deSilva said...

Thanks, Linda. I love your excercises.