This post intends to convince you on why aligning your thoughts now is critical for your future.
And I have some impressive brain information to get you on board
I have been listening to Dr. Joe Dispenza’s Rewired series, and I have learned such critical information that I know I need to share it with you. Believe me, if you were on the fence regarding investing in your mindset transformation, the following information will convince you to take this as seriously as you can.
Remember this number: 60,000 to 70,000
These are the average thoughts you have PER DAY.
And if that number doesn’t impress you that much, hear this: there is a 90% chance that you will think the same thoughts tomorrow as well. Yes, that means that you will spend most of your life thinking the same things unless you become aware of your thoughts and align them with your life goals.
And that is pretty scary if you realize that you spend most of your day thinking not-so-great stuff like “someday I will change” “I want a better life, but now is not the time” “this is just the way it is, it’s not meant for me to have a better life” and so on.
Put it differently, imagine that your thoughts are like monkeys, and you are showing them what to do. If you continuously show them how to create havoc in your mindset with negative stuff, they will do that. And in time, they will become so good at wrecking everything around, that you will feel like you have no control over those monkeys.
I bet now you are starting to take those thoughts a little more seriously, right?
Well, there is oh-so-much-more.
Hebb’s rule and your future
Donald Olding Hebb was an influential figure on behavioral psychology and computational neuroscience back in 1940. He came up with Hebbian Learning, which basically means that he studied how the connection between neurons works.
Hebb’s law or Hebb’s rule explains that nerve cells that fire together, wire together. In other words, your most recurrent thoughts create connections on your nerve cells that, in time, will become like bridges. The most recurrent the thoughts, the stronger those bridges turn out.
What does this mean? That you are building bridges for those monkeys of yours. And if they are trained to trash everything around them, now they have access to other parts of your mindset because you just create lovely bridges for them to move around.
And you know what happens after that? These monkeys will multiply. In other words, your brain becomes accustomed to reaching out to the same thoughts. So in time, even if you try to think differently, you will tend to go back to the same negative thoughts because they outnumbered the positive ones.
Thoughts, emotions, and actions
You need to understand that your thoughts literally create your future. It is not because of some magical nonsense (sorry if you believe in The Secret, that is not how we roll here) but because of this recipe:
Thoughts create feelings. Feelings create actions. Actions create results.
If your thoughts are negative, you will have disempowering feelings. If you feel like crap, you will engage in crappy actions. And the results? Well, you guessed it, you will have disappointing results.
It’s time to tame those monkeys.
I hope that by now, you are reflecting upon your mindset in a whole different light. Although transforming one’s mindset is a journey and each one of you will need a different set of tools to work on, I can recommend the simple act of becoming aware of your thoughts as your first step.
This can be done by journaling, meditating, through therapy or coaching. The key here is to stop leaving those monkeys to do whatever they want inside your mind and guiding them towards something more aligned with the kind of life you want to live.