What are conscious thoughts
The power of your thoughts - 5 steps how you can consciously use it to change your life
The power of thought is a topic that is particularly close to my heart. Because that's where it all started for me a few years ago. In this article I would like to bring you closer to why our thoughts have such a great influence on our feelings, actions, relationships and in general on our whole mindset and our whole reality.
If I had to choose one thing, if someone asked me what is most important to think more positively, to live more harmoniously, more easily and with more self-determination and to achieve one's goals, then I would choose 100% for the power of thoughts, because ultimately everything else also depends on it, because our thoughts are the starting point of everything.
It is, so to speak, the foundation for mindfulness, for personal development and for understanding ourselves, our thought patterns and our behavior. Our thoughts and habits tell us the whole story of our life. The life events that we have experienced, things that we have achieved or not, our character traits and beliefs, are all due to our thoughts and thought patterns.
The different approaches to thought power
There are several approaches to explain and describe the power of our thoughts, e.g. on the scientific level, quantum physics, brain research and also on the spiritual level. Since I personally always prefer a mix and also find the scientific component behind it super exciting, I would like to explain the cornerstones to you in a simplified way so that you understand the approach without having read 20 books about it and it helps you to understand the power of your thoughts to benefit your life.
It has been scientifically proven for a long time that our thoughts have an incredible power on us and there are now many exciting studies on this. A term that occurs over and over again in this context and that you may have heard before is quantum physics. Quantum physicists have found out that everything on earth, including us, our whole body consists of many, many atoms. These atoms consist of 99.99999 percent energy and only 0.00001 percent matter. We are basically a huge energy field that is also much larger than our body. And this energy is constantly in motion.
In theory this means: Thoughts have an oscillation frequency that changes depending on the type of thought.Positive thoughts have a different frequency than negative thoughts. It has also been proven that similar frequencies attract each other. This means that if you have a lot of positive thoughts, you will also attract more positive thoughts or thoughts that vibrate on the same frequency. If you often think negatively, you will attract more and more negative thoughts.
Of course, it would be plausible to think, `` Well then, from now on I'll only have positive thoughts '', but THAT is exactly the crux of the story, because most of the thoughts we think during the day we think completely unconsciously do not even notice it in our active consciousness. Just as brushing your teeth is a habit that we automatically do without even thinking about it, certain thoughts also become habits. To be precise, we live 95% of our day completely unconscious and automated, crazy right?
But even if most of these thoughts take place in the subconscious and we consciously do not notice them, they still have a great influence on the rest of our thoughts.
Because a thought that we think triggers a chemical reaction in our brain, these are the emotions, the emotions then become feelings that we feel in our body and how we feel, that's how we act and that's how we meet them Choices in our life. And ultimately, our life is a string of all of these little decisions we make every day. It's like a chain reaction and no matter what, everything always starts with our thoughts.
Our inner dialogue
And by thoughts I also mean the inner dialogue that we have in our heads every day. Do we talk to each other like a friend? Is this inner dialogue strengthening and positive, or contemptuous and negative? Because if, for example, you set yourself up to do sport every morning after getting up and then you lie in bed in the morning and the voice inside you says: “I'm so tired, actually I had planned to do it, but I don't feel like it It was clear anyway that I wouldn't do it because I never do anything I plan to do, I just don't have any self-discipline. " What is happening? You stay in bed.
But when the voice in you says: “What a wonderful morning, I'm tired but that will soon change and I am excited and happy to start my Sport Challenge today. When I'm done with this, I'll feel so good and productive all day. " What is happening? You get up and start. Why? Because this voice is empowering, because it conveys to you: I believe in you, you can do it.
Last summer I decided to go running again. And I still remember that on the first day in the morning I thought, oh no, I don't really feel like it, but what the heck. With this mindset I started running and it was so difficult for me and I thought I was just out of practice and that's why it is so difficult for me. I didn't even manage half of what I wanted to do and walked home after 2km.
A few days later that same week, I got up in the morning, meditated, and imagined how easy I would go jogging with a smile and how good it would feel.
And this morning, after I hadn't run for months, I ran 10 km and could have continued running and at this point I should perhaps also say that I am not an experienced runner and that 10 km was really extraordinary for me. I felt so incredibly light and driven. And all of this was not because I got stamina overnight, but solely because I stimulated positive, reinforcing thoughts that had an effect on my body and my mindset. That means, if you hit a limit in your head, in your thoughts, then always stop for a moment and ask yourself, are these my thoughts now that trigger this feeling in me, or is it really true?
The Roger Bannister phenomenon
While we're on the subject of running. There is a very famous example when it comes to the power of thought and that was in 1972. Never before in the history of mankind has an athlete ever managed to run a mile in 4 minutes. Athletes, track and field athletes and even scientists and doctors assured that it was simply impossible. The heart could not take it, muscles and bones would not be able to withstand the strain. All athletes believed this to be true, of course, because if it has never been done and all experts agree, then it must be impossible. But then there was Roger Bannister who didn't believe it and the goal was to run a mile in 4 minutes. And he actually made it in 3:59 minutes. In an interview he said afterwards that he had already done this run a thousand times in his imaginations.
But the crazy thing is only coming now. After Roger Bannister was the first to break the 4-minute mark, 37 more runners made it in the same year and the following year the number was over 300. Roger Bannister had exceeded the limit of the Believed to be impossible, set an impulse for all athletes. These athletes saw that it was possible and eventually did it because they believed it was true, because they saw it.
And there are 10,000 subjects in the history of mankind, in every single life story and also in yours and mine.
Every feeling you feel, whether negative or positive, is the result of a thought, whether in the subconscious or conscious. And this is exactly why it is so incredibly important to question, stop and ask yourself: where does this feeling come from? Which thought triggered this feeling in me and why? So that you go into the observer's perspective, so to speak, and look closely at your thoughts and feelings from the outside, which is also what meditation is about, for example.
By the way, we think 60,000 - 80,000 thoughts per day. But what kind of thoughts are these? Are these thoughts more empowering and positive, or are they mostly negative? Most of us cannot answer this question. Because just like action, for example, brushing your teeth or driving a car, thoughts also become habits that are completely automated ..
The most powerful thing in all of our thinking is repetition. Because these strengthen the circuits in the brain and form new nerve connections. I always find the example of brushing my teeth very appropriate. When you brushed your teeth for the first time, the movements were very uneven, but after 100 times it became routine and after 20 years like breathing, you don't think about it, you are not consciously doing it at the moment, it just works automatically. And it works the same way with thoughts.
We are at the wheel
But what we often forget is that we have a choice. The we take control of our thoughts. You decide what you leave in your thoughts, you can imagine it like a huge buffet. And you have the opportunity to really decide which thoughts you choose. Whether you are thinking a relieving thought or an empowering thought.
But in order to get to this buffet, we must first try to bring awareness into exactly this area. To pause frequently and observe, analyze and see our thoughts: What am I thinking? Where did this thought come from? Is it empowering? Does it make me feel good?
There is also such a wonderful quote that you probably already know, but it's just a wonderful summary that we can keep in mind.
“Pay attention to your thoughts because they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Pay attention to your actions because they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become your character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny."
5 steps how you can consciously use the power of your thoughts to change your life in a positive way:
Step 1: Awareness of Your Thoughts
First of all, it is important to first become aware of what your world of thoughts looks like, what kind of thoughts you think most and in which voice you speak to yourself. For example, you can write down your thoughts every morning and every evening for the next two weeks and observe which feelings they trigger in you.
Step 2: your inner dialogue
If we treat ourselves lovingly, compassionately and considerately, not only do our thoughts become more loving and gentle, but we also move into the so-called flow. The flow of our life in which we then no longer swim against the current in which we are hard on ourselves, but flow with it. Become your own inner cheerleader and talk to yourself just like you would talk to a good friend.
Becoming aware of my inner dialogue has done so much in my life and if you remember it day after day, then at some point it will all go by itself and you will notice with each time how much easier it feels to be in the flow be than fighting all the time.
Step 3: ask yourself the right questions
For example, if you find yourself drifting into a negative line of thought, ask yourself the following:
What is this thought based on? Is it based on facts or assumptions?
Is that thought really true? Can I say with 100% certainty that it is true? Or is it maybe an old belief that is behind it?
Are my thoughts helpful and solution-oriented right now, or am I currently focusing on the problem?
As Tony Robbins always says so beautifully: ,, Where focus goes, energy flows. ‘‘ So whatever we focus on, this is where our energy flows, and in order to stay in precisely this flow, we can perceive our thoughts and guide them very gently in an empowering direction.
Step 4: meditation
Don't worry, you don't have to be a professional or meditate for hours. It's more about going into silence, from the observer's perspective, and noticing what thoughts are flying through your head.
For example, you can try 5 minutes at the beginning, close your eyes and just watch. If this is difficult for you, you can always orientate yourself on your inhalation and exhalation. Here you will find a free meditation guide and guided meditations.
Step 5: the Roger Bannister method
... to use the power of visualization and to free ourselves from these boundaries, which we build up in our heads mainly through our society. Because our subconscious cannot distinguish whether your thought images are based on reality or on your imagination. And just like Roger Bannister did to run a mile in 4 minutes, you can imagine your visions over and over again in your mind, reinforce them and, most importantly, believe in them.
I hope you enjoyed the tips. Feel free to leave me your feedback and write to me if you have any questions on this topic.
I look forward to hearing from you!
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