“What were you thinking?”
“Did you even think about it?”
“Just stop and think for a minute!”
We have all said these words, and had them said to us, many times. We have all experienced the frustration of dealing with somebody who seems to consistently overlook the basic human capacity to think. Disconcertingly, we have also all found ourselves regretting the fact that we have acted, reacted, spoken without really thinking about the effect or result produced by it, until it’s too late.
For millennia, a wise Book has urged people to adjust and shape their thinking with statements such as:
“For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he”
“Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind”
“…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think on these things.”
Neural science researchers estimate that we have between 50-80,000 thoughts every day, with an astonishing 98% of those thoughts being exactly the same thoughts that we had yesterday. While some thoughts need to be repeated day after day in order to build strong convictions into our life, imagine if we could deliberately, intentionally, purposefully and proactively increase that tiny 2% piece of the pie representing new, innovative & creative thoughts.
Researchers also say that a staggering 80% of those tens of thousands of thoughts every day in most people’s minds are negative.
So, our mission is to grow the 2% and the 20%. The creative and the positive.
But how? What do you think?