Several years ago, I heard Kathy Dempsey speak at the Michigan Chapter of the National Speakers Association. I remember the analogy she used about how lizards need to shed their skin or they die and people need to change or they die, too (even though their body is still here). In the material, she shared an article that statesthat 93% of our thoughts are repetitive and useless. Wow, that is amazing.
One of the ideas Og Mandino shares in his book The Greatest Salesman is “Weak is he who permits his thoughts to control his actions; strong is he who forces his actions to control his thoughts.” I can remember the first time I read it and not really understanding what he meant. Now, I think I get it. When we spend time ruminating about the past or worrying about the future, those thoughts can paralyze us and keep us stuck. Those thoughts create stress. Therefore, we need to take action to change those thoughts. We need to recognize when our thoughts are repetitive and useless, and then…re-focus
In her article, Kathy says, “When an organization is dying or isn’t functioning properly, it can be extremely scary, and it can paralyze a workforce.” The same is true for a person. If things are not turning out as planned, we get frightened and our thoughts about ‘what if’ take over. What if I fail? What if I don’t have enough money? What if I don’t make any friends? You get the idea. Better to replace those thoughts with affirmations or declarations. My suggestion – carry a 3×5 card with you at all times with your declarations written on it so you can pull it out, read it and re-focus your thoughts.