“Think less. Achieve more.”
This initially may sound counter intuitive to common practice, but bear with me. Everyday we are thinking from the moment we wake up, to the moment we go to sleep. It is a constant mental chatter that we are either aware of, or blissfully un-aware of. The quality of this mental chatter can dramatically effect your day to day productivity and focus. It can distract you, or it can help you.
This is where the practice of positive thinking comes into play. Did you know that 95% of the thoughts you think today, will be exactly the same as what you thought yesterday? That is pretty crazy. So if your thoughts are mostly negative, then you can see how that will be a systemic theme in your everyday life. And vice versa if you are a positive thinker.
Limit your thinking.
But what I want to focus on, is how much you think. Aiming to actually control your mind in such a way that you can shut thinking off for a few moments per day. I am sure that you can already see a value in such an ability. This is where meditation comes into play. Imagine that you could stop yourself thinking for even just a few moments during your day. This is a calming silence like no other. Completely refreshing and rejuvenating. For many, completely unexplored territory.
How could thinking less be of benefit in everyday life?
So for the days where you have large tasks to focus on at work or at school, you can sit in quiet meditation, stop your thoughts and get present, so that you can purposely let your mind loose on the task at hand. You will have higher focus, clarity of mind, efficiency and execute your task with a much higher quality. You will find that you can complete complex tasks in much less time. You may also find that during those normal moments during your day, you won’t be as prone to thinking about past conversations, and how you should have said this or that. Or what car your going to buy next. Or how you hate your boss etc. You are effectively transitioning your mind from a turbulent ocean, to a calm lake. They say that you wouldn’t notice the empire state building getting dropped into a turbulent ocean, but you will feel the ripple of a pebble in a calm lake.
With a regular practice like this, you may see how much more productive you can be. By controlling and actively limiting your thoughts, you will have a high reserve of mental energy for the tasks that matter most. You may even find that you are more tolerant of others and have an increased ability to connect and listen to peers, friends and family.
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