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“The questions that ‘engage our thought’ on a daily basis reflect our life purpose and influence the quality of our lives.”
– How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci, Michael Gelb
We think millions of thoughts every day. For many of us, our mind is never empty. Every waking moment, often even sleeping moments, are filled with thoughts. Imagine all these thoughts as little hamsters, running around in your mind. They run back and forth, circle around, and basically keep your mind seem full.
But what is your mind full of? What is the quality of these thoughts? Are these thoughts the same old hamsters who keep aging in your mind, or do you periodically get new hamsters who come with new ideas?
Your life is made up of your thoughts. These thoughts make up the quality and content of your life. Therefore, if you wish to improve your life, increase your contentment and happiness then it is essential for you to manage the quality and content of your thoughts.
First, you need to think about where you are right now.
If you have been keeping a journal regularly for a while, then you merely need to look back at your previous entries over the last few months, or even the last few years. What thought patterns are repeated? Are there any issues that you keep repeating? Any concerns that keep you preoccupied, and have done so for weeks, months, or even years?
If you haven’t been keeping a journal, or haven’t done so properly, then for a few days, or even a whole week, record your thoughts in your journal. Especially note your thoughts. What keeps your mind occupied?
Once you have done so, think about whether you are content with things that fill your mind? Are these thoughts based on what you do all day? Or are they worries without substance, or dreams without plans? How constructive are your thoughts? How often are they influenced by other people, particularly in negative manner?
Your thoughts – whether positive or negative – influence your mind, and whatever influences your mind, influences your life.
“Mind management is the essence of life management.”
– The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, Robin Sharma
How are you going to manage your mind to improve your life management? How are you going to ensure only the best thoughts influence you?