- MiMi Heines
50,000 Thoughts per Day
Updated: Nov 19, 2020
Do you talk to yourself? Whether aloud or silently, consciously or subconsciously, the answer is Yes! - And No…You’re not crazy!
Recently, I was reading about the conclusion of psychologists and neuroscientists that everybody maintains an ongoing, continuous dialogue – mostly silent, but a stream of self-talk. They broke that down to 150-300 words per minute and in groupings of 45,000-51,000 thoughts per day. So, let’s make that a nice round number of 50,000 thoughts per day! WOW!!
If you analyzed your personal self-talk, what percentage would be neutral or harmless? such as “I need to pick up my cleaning today” How many thoughts are positive? – “I feel great today! How about the percentage of negative thoughts? – “I look stupid in this outfit! “I’m such an idiot!” “Nothing ever works for me!” How many of these thoughts are even true?
Thoughts can be accurate or inaccurate, constructive or destructive. The point is that as they run through our minds, they become powerful - influencing our feelings and our actions.
You’ve probably heard the maxim “as within, so without.” It speaks to the idea that one’s outer world is a reflection of one’s inner world. Perhaps you are more familiar with the words “what we give out, we get back” which aligns with “whatever we think about ourselves becomes our truth.” Looking to the Bible, Proverbs 23:7 (NASB) points out “For as he thinks within himself, so he is.” Combine these principles with the fact that most people only develop or utilize a small portion of Who they really are, and let me ask the question again about “what percentage of your daily internal chatter is made up of negative and/or untrue thoughts?”
The good news is that we can change our thoughts! In fact, in the last decade, science has shown that the brain does not become rigid over time, but rather, continues to be capable of creating new pathways and rerouting old ones! Do you want change in your life? Let it begin within you!
Would you like to experience more love, abundance, empowerment, or fulfillment in your life? Does that sound like a pipe dream or do you believe that living one’s true purpose begins with recognizing one’s potential and accepting the responsibility that goes with it?
Sir Edmund Hillary stated, “It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” You can change your thoughts and thus, your life. Consider the invitation extended!