Abundant Thinking

It never seizes to amaze me that we have approximately 15,000-60,000 thoughts per day… girl-1559328_1920That’s a lot of thinking! And when you take on board how many of those thoughts you are likely to be aware of it makes you wonder whether you are in control of your mind or if your mind is in control of you. Interesting thought…

On top of that, I wonder how many of those thoughts are positive. If stats are anything to go by (and psychologists have stated 80% of thoughts are negative) the amount of time spent in poor thinking is streets ahead. Think of it this way:

80% of 60,000 thoughts = 48,000 negative thoughts per day! Now that’s scary!

Scary but hardly surprising; there is a constant bombardment of stories that provoke sadness and anxiety, natural disasters, wars, illness and disease. Just turn on the news…

So the message here is about taking the time to acknowledge your thoughts, to start realising what messages you are sending to you and to stamp out the negative habitual ones. It is time to get to abundant thinking!

How often do you tell yourself that you don’t have enough money, no work opportunities, horrible clothes and no holidays? The list goes on. But in truth, there are things you have in abundance; love, friends, waking breath, a loving family, a job, a business, clothing of any description, a skill, a talent… You may not have all of these things but no doubt you have at least one.

Abundant Thinking:

  • How many good things do you already have in your life?
  • What are your strengths, skills and talents?
  • What do you want to do? Be? Have? Achieve?
  • Where are the opportunities to bring this into being?
  • What solutions can you fix where others only see issues?
  • Abundant thinking requires a solution focus not a problem focus!

Live Blissfully!


6 Comments Add yours

  1. Wow, even though I knew a lot of people (including myself) spend a lot of time wallowing in negative thoughts, who would have guessed the percentage was as high as 80%? When I catch myself leaning toward “stinky thinking” I find it helpful to redirect my thoughts about everything that I have to be grateful for. Most of us, even though we have problems do in fact have a tremendous amount to be thankful for. Life isn’t really about the material things and the best things really are free. Also, it is important to remember that no matter how bad we think we have it, there are untold millions of people around the planet who have it worse – much, much worse. We all have to learn to keep things in perspective and focus on the positive.

    1. YvonneB says:

      Spot on Sara. Our obsession with the material stuff blurs what is really important. Abundant thinking, finding those things to be happy about really make a difference to what we see and experience in our lives…

  2. Judy says:

    One of my favorite Oprah quotes is about this. “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” I have a feeling she speaks from experience!

  3. YvonneB says:

    I think you’re right Judy. Great quote, thanks for sharing!

  4. Paul says:

    I got out my calculator and figured out there are 86,400 seconds in a day. At the low end (15,000) that’s about a thought every 5.76 seconds. But at the high end (60,000), that’s one thought every 0.69 seconds — a little less than one new thought every single second. Could that be right at the high end? That would certainly seem like racing thoughts similar to a bi-polar person in manic stage.

  5. YvonneB says:

    There is a mixed bag of top end figures out there but Psychologists have quoted up to 60000, although 95% of those could be repetitive thoughts (one scenario being played over and over again) There is a good article about it here: http://www.drpokea.com/thought.html.

    Also when people are under stress it is likely that they reach nearer the top end; their minds are in overload mode. It is an interesting exercise to ‘watch’ your thoughts over a period of time, be that one hour or a day… you’d be surprised at how much goes on…

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