If I were to change one thing about this quote it would be the analogy of selecting our clothes. For only some of the time do my clothing selections result from thoughtful consideration. A lot more of the time I choose not to spend time and attention on that in favor of expending energy on other things.
The sentiment of cultivating control over our thoughts, however, is incredibly important. At a time when so many things - technology, media, a multitude of daily life choices and decision both large and small - compete for our attention, it is easy to put the cultivation of your mind on the shelf. But when that happens, you basically succumb to other attention grabbers and relinquish your freedom of choice. And it all happens below your consciousness radar, so it feels like you are in control, when in fact you are at the mercy of the energy of persuasion.
Minimizing trivial decisions is why I don't pay much mind to my clothing selections most of the time, opting instead for a general uniform of comfortable clothes I can work in. But those times when I do take care to make a selection, time slows down. Importance ramps up as I gauge a variety of factors. What will look nice? What is appropriate for the occasion? How well do the clothes fit? What will be the most comfortable and warm or cool enough? So many choices to make for one fairly insignificant decision!
And that is what I believe Liz Gilbert meant when she penned this quote. That controlling our thoughts takes time, care and attention. And what better way to utilize them than to selecting your thoughts? If you believe as I do, that it is our thoughts that create our reality, choosing our thoughts should be our top priority! It should be what is taught in schools considering the incredible influence it has on our lives! But since it isn't, it is up to each and every one of us to choose to do this for ourselves.
The keyword here is choice. Just making the choice to design your thoughts helps to make the next steps easier, just like making the choice of what to cook for dinner, or redecorating your living space, or purchasing a vehicle helps to set the framework for more detailed choices to follow. What thoughts do I want to have? What will bring me the most joy? What do I want to achieve and what thoughts will help me get there?
The more you work at defining these thoughts the easier and more routine it gets to select them in the moment, and closer you get to thinking your way to your desired reality.
Questions: How intentional are you with your thoughts? When do you find it easiest to select your thoughts and when do you find it challenging? If you were to improve one thought today, what would it be?
If you're looking for guidance on selecting your thoughts, Magical Mind - a 4-week online program currently in the works - can help. Or if you'd prefer some 1:1 guidance, give Detanglement Coaching a try.
Change is always easier with support, so if you've got a change in the works but aren't ready to commit to a program or coaching, please find people who can support you in a positive and uplifting way, to help make your transition a smooth and positive one!
Mindset Monday is a weekly blog that consists of a quote, a comment and one or two questions. It is intended to be short but sweet while providing you with something to ponder related to mindset as you begin your week. Mindset is a choice. Make yours magnificent!
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