Why don't we pay more attention to our thoughts? I have had clients tell me "If it happens in my head and I don't say anything, who cares?" Well, it does matter A LOT because our thoughts are extremely powerful.
It is important to be mindful of our thoughts because they impact our mood and behavior on a daily basis. This is very important throughout the holidays because your thoughts will determine whether you enjoy the holidays or not.
What we think guides our daily lives, self-esteem, success, joy and interactions with others. For example, if you are stressing about the holidays because you are not where you want to be in your life, you are already giving into the negative thoughts.
Below you will find an interview I did yesterday with my colleague Melica Wiley on the power of thoughts. We gave examples on how to utilize the power of thoughts throughout the holidays.
Now, let's do a little practice.
Step 1: Write down some thoughts you have about the holidays and the new year. Just write them down without judging them or analyzing. Write as many as you can.
Step 2: Write POSITIVE or NEGATIVE next to each one.
Step 3: Reflect on them. Are they realistic or unrealistic? Do they lift you up or bring you down? How do you think these thoughts will impact your future?
If you have mostly positive thoughts, you are doing great. When the negativity creeps up (it always does), remember these positive thoughts. Acknowledge the bad, and bring back the good thoughts. If you have mostly negative thoughts, its okay. Remember, they haven't happened yet so you have the power.
Even though your thoughts are powerful, they are not in control. YOU ARE IN CONTROL! If you have trouble remembering the positive ones, write them down and post them somewhere. Put them on your wall, computer, calendar, set a reminder on your phone, or even write them in lipstick on your mirror. Whatever works for you!
Happy holidays! Make them as great as you can!