We have 60,000 thoughts a day – and there’s lots of alone time to choose what kind of thoughts we want to practice and practice them–in the car, in the shower, first thing in the morning, last thing at night…
In this segment of an interview I did with Cindy Kainz on her show The Bottom Line, I discuss how positive thinking and thinking “happy” thoughts might not work and how we can re-frame “positive” thoughts to make them powerful.
In my workshops the last two months, there’s been a lot of discussion about unworthiness and undeserving. Men and women alike revealed that they thought they were undeserving of prosperity, happiness, great relationships, and creating a good life of for themselves. They shared thoughts of being unworthy to succeed, to lead, share wisdom, receive love, accept compliments….
Unworthiness was a big for one for me. I felt I did not deserve to fulfill my life’s purpose and I felt unworthy to teach others the Managing Thought® process. These thoughts and emotions were augmented when people asked me what qualified me to develop and teach people how to manage their thoughts. What credentials, what degrees did I have? When I wondered about it, I woke up with the thought: Teachers come from the most unlikely sources. I then remembered that Gandhi was a lawyer!
So I gave myself permission to make my life’s purpose my highest priority and lovingly share what I learn with others. Then a funny thing happened–from that day forward no one asked me about my credentials and the work is endorsed and recommended by highly credentialed people across many disciplines.
What we focus on expands. If I think I am unworthy, then I create unworthiness. When I think, I am worthy, then I create worthiness.
The next series of thoughts of daily inspiration are around the theme of worthiness and deservability. There are three posts a day offering guidance on how to turn what is significant to you to reality by daily cultivation of our minds, bodies and spirits. Follow or visit Managing Thought on Twitter or “like” Managing Thought on Facebook to receive them as they post or come back to this blog daily and view the Daily Inspiration on Twitter feed in the right-hand menu bar.
In my own journey, when I started practicing self-awareness and managing my thoughts, I was surprised to discover that I was making thousands of choices and thousands of decisions every day. I was surprised to discover that in one moment, I could dramatically change the course of my life, my work, my relationships, just by understanding and changing how I choose to think. I also realized that practicing “positive thinking” or thinking “happy thoughts” as we are often taught to do just doesn’t work.
So I don’t use the term positive thinking in Managing Thought®. I use the term powerful thinking.
There is a distinctive difference between thinking positively and thinking powerfully.
Positive thoughts often do not work. Often, if they do work, they work only temporarily. We’ve all experienced this when we get all motivated to make a change after we have listened to a speaker, read a book, made resolutions, or heard a rah-rah pep talk. Two weeks later, we’re back to the way we were.
Powerful thoughts, on the other hand do work. Powerful thoughts inspire us, spark creativity, access our highest awareness, and bring us ideas that move us in a direction that serves our purpose.
The current theme of my Daily Inspiration Thoughts of the Day is Thinking Powerfully. There are three posts a day offering guidance on how to transform negative thinking and focus on what you want to achieve significant results. Follow or visit Managing Thought on Twitter to receive them as they post or come back to this blog daily and view the Daily Inspiration on Twitter feed in the right-hand menu bar.