Wednesday, October 13, 2010

When Thoughts Become Things

Did you know you have between 12,000 and 50,000 thoughts per day? (That number varies depending on your work, how creative or how “deep” a thinker you are.) Of these thoughts, about 95 percent are the same from day to day, and 80 percent of them are negative!

And, did you know that out of every 11,000 signals we receive from our senses, our brain only consciously processes 40 – and while your brain is processing those 40 signals, the other 10,960 are sent to autopilot. Here’s where habits kick-in, and here’s where thinking about what you’re doing can lead to positive behavior changes (which as you know is what we’re all about).

In 1973, yes, that’s 37 years ago, Napoleon Hill (not Napoleon Dynamite) wrote Think and Grow Rich, one of the best-selling books of all time. But, before that, in 1925, twelve years earlier, he wrote The Law of Success, released as a limited hand-made edition consisting of only 118 copies. Those copies were distributed to Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, John D. Rockefeller and 115 more of the most successful and powerful people in American history.

In a nutshell, here’s what he had to say:

  • First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. (You can see the beginning of the process starts in your imagination with your thoughts.)
  • If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.
  • It’s always your next move.
  • The starting point of all achievement is desire (maybe just not for food).
  • Any idea, plan or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought.

Mr. Hill had a lot more to say in those two books. And, here we are today, many of us looking for ways to reduce stress, lose weight—and regain control over our long-term health and wellness. Given the number of thoughts we’re dealing with, we think a little thought can lead to a lot of change. What do you think?

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