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Control Your Thoughts
 

By: David Rader II on May 25, 2009 @ 9:05 PM

If you knew where your thoughts could take you, you would want to control them too.

The more we think about something, the more comfortable we become with it, the more likely we are to explore within it (perhaps beyond cultural norms). Sometimes this is good, sometimes it's not.

If you experiment for yourself, you will find that with many things, the more you think about them, the more you end up thinking about them, and eventually the more things you end up doing because of the thoughts you've had about it.

So if you want to become a teacher, just plant a small seed of thought in yourself, such as a question for yourself to ponder. For example, "Do I want to teach Elementary, High, College, or Something else?"

Nurture that small seed of thought by asking more questions and seeking out the answers. Those answers will prompt more questions and better enable you to complete the task you want, or better enable you to avoid it- which you would probably not want to do once you've invested a certain amount of time into it.

The same is true unfortunately for the things we don't want to do. The more we think about them and enable ourselves to feel comfortable with them, the more likely we are to do them. Although it is a thin line, it better enables us to avoid those things as well. Often times in my experience, it's not worth the time to learn avoidance techniques for some "unworthy" thoughts.

Unworthy thoughts often end up being a waste of time or more. Just think about winning the lottery, $200 million dollars. The more we think about the $200 million, the more we want it, the more we think about taking a chance to win it, the more likely we are to do it. Some gamblers out there (myself unfortunately included on an occasion), may now be itching for a ticket simply because of the thoughts of it just now.

You can avert thoughts though, you can even avert imminent actions. Just think a thought that is contrary to that action. For example - Instead of most likely wasting a dollar, definitely get a pack of gum with that dollar. Or instead of going anywhere to buy anything, get home just a moment sooner, or stay home! Save your own time by not spending that dollar.

Time is priceless as they say. Take a moment to consider not just your actions, but more uncommonly, your thoughts - And you may end up saving a lot of time due to situations you could have avoided.




Comments:
#1 Peer Papers June 08, 2009 @ 6:08 PM
My thoughts on controlling thoughts? I guess this all comes down to how strong minded you are. If you have a strong belief in what is good for you, no matter how much you think about something you probably won't end up thinking yourself in to a bad decision? This is interesting because I know many people who make poor decisions and get themselves into a lot of trouble. I guess this is part of the "successful" equation..

#2 Color Printing June 12, 2009 @ 12:59 AM
I agree with you. :)
As for myself, I try to look on the "brighter side of things," as how they describe it. Like, if I don't buy a lottery ticket for today, that will mean I have a little more money saved up for tomorrow.
Of course, I'd try to avoid thinking that "I could've won the jackpot if I bet" because that would just make me want to buy the ticket more.
I guess the power of the mind and self-control can do great things for people sometimes. :D

#3 Thomas June 24, 2009 @ 1:13 PM
This is one thing that I live by and so far it has lead me a good life. Not to mention that it has also saved me a pretty penny when I think back to some of the things I wanted. They just seem so ridiculous now (most of them at least).

We have more ability for self-control and mind power than most people seem to think these days. The way I always have thought about a strong mind is that it's only as strong as you want it to be.

#4 r9 460 September 26, 2009 @ 1:35 AM
good article,I agree with you
think it twice before wo doing something can always helpful







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