Power Thought: Choose your thoughts

by | Jan 21, 2015 | Power Thoughts, Taking Action

There is no audio version of this week’s Power Thought. However you can find past audio’s here or on Spreaker!
"The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another." ~ William James
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“The greatest weapon against stress
is our ability to choose one thought over another.”
~ Anonymous

What this quote means to women entrepreneurs:
Your thoughts create your reality by inspiring the emotions that inform your actions. Therefore, if you want to take the right actions, you must first think the right thoughts.

The right thoughts I’m talking about here are not based on ideology, they are based on your highest good. Therefore, my right thought may not be your right thoughts and vice versa.

That said, I do believe that there are some universal “right thoughts” and these thoughts are based on things such as gratitude, love and appreciation.

Now back to the quote: How can your thoughts reduce your stress? Let me put this into the context of a real life scenario.

Jan gets into her car and starts driving to a networking meeting. When she gets onto the freeway, she finds herself in a traffic jam. She now has some options on how she thinks about her situation:

Thought Stream 1:
She starts worrying about getting to the meeting on time. What will people think if she’s late? And gas consumption! The stop and go is going to guzzle what fuel is left in her tank. She should have filled up before getting on the freeway. Ug! I hate traffic!

Thought Stream 2:
She resigns herself to a longer drive than initially planned and decides to turn on one of her books on tape to while away the time. She becomes so engrossed in the audio that she is surprise at how quickly she arrives at the meeting. A couple minutes late, but everyone knows traffic is unpredictable at times.

Which thought stream do you think increased Jan’s stress? And which reduced it? Either way, the traffic remained the same and she arrived at the meeting at the same time. However, her thoughts created the overall experience of the journey.

So, the next time you find yourself thinking thoughts that are churning you into a frenzy, stop. Take a breath. And re-frame your conversation so that it better serves your highest good.

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Now It’s Your Turn:
Do you agree with my interpretation of today’s quote? Why or why not? What are your thoughts on, well, thoughts? Please share your ideas, experiences and sage wisdom in a comment below.


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