With 60,000 Thoughts: What Were You Thinking

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What kind of question is that? Think about this for a minute. Day in and day out, you go through your daily routines without much thought about what you're doing. Be honest now. Ask yourself, how many times have you left your house in such a hurry that you don't remember if you closed the garage door? Then there you go, wasting time, going around the block, or maybe even taking the next exit ramp off the freeway, if you've gone that far. But you just have to know if that garage door is closed!

I'm willing to bet that 9 out of 10 times your garage door is closed. Then off you go again telling yourself you will be more aware of it next time. Does it happen again? Yes it does. How many times? Well, as many times as it takes to make you aware that this is serious enough to want to pay more attention to your actions.

Here's another example: You turn on the radio to listen to the weather while you're driving in to work. Pay attention now, here comes the weather report… Oh no… You missed it again! But how could you? Your thoughts took over, again. Your thoughts are so powerful they will override your awareness if you don't train your mind to really think.

So what's the solution to this dilemma? The solution is not to allow your life to become routine. Train your mind through intentional awareness of your thoughts. Much has been written about how we have approximately 60,000 thoughts each day, and most of those thoughts are the same thoughts we had yesterday. Now that's impressive, but with odds like that it's easy to see how your life may become routine.

Somewhere between all those thoughts are little blank spaces, sometimes called gaps. These spaces or gaps are useful in that they can assist in training your mind to bring awareness to your thoughts. So can you break into a thought? Yes you can. How? By bringing awareness to what you are thinking. Try it; it's a challenge but a worthwhile venture.

In summary, when life becomes a routine, you're certainly headed for self-inflicted extra work, wasted time and wasted energy. Now don't you think you have better things to do with your time and energy than driving back home or trying to find another radio station?

Thoughts can be outstanding gifts that, if utilized properly, can be very profitable in thinking, planning, creating, and executing directions. However, if you allow your thoughts to run rampant, I guarantee, you will miss that weather report or not remember if you closed the garage door. So take control of your thought or your thoughts will take control of you.
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