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Are You a Thought Hoarder?

Are You a Thought Hoarder?

It has been suggested that we experience between 50,000 – 60,000 thoughts a day — and that 95% of these thoughts are the very same recurring thoughts we have entertained before.  Now that’s a lot of re-runs!  I am not sure where these statistics come from, but they do sound plausible, and perhaps even familiar. If even a portion of the 95% of repeating thoughts is an accurate representation, it gives us some insight into why the proverbial New Year’s Resolutions often don’t make it into February.  The most well-intentioned fresh resolutions are destined for failure!  Einstein once said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different result.  I suspect this is probably just as true with our thoughts.  Same thoughts — same results! That being the case, it would behoove us to take some time to not only identify the new behaviour we want to instill but to also list the thoughts that would support that new behaviour.  While we are at it — just to keep a lid on that pesky 95%, we might even want to list all of the repeating thoughts that get in the way. So, I think I’ll take a leaf out of the de-cluttering books.  If it works for cluttered closets and carports, it just might work for the filing cabinet in my mind.  This year, I am going to identify one new behaviour — just one!  I’ll spend some quiet time listing the thoughts that support that behaviour, as well as the comfortable and familiar old thoughts that sabotage the new behaviour. The supporting thoughts...