How to Think Better: thoughts

Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts.
– Soren Kierkegaard

Ouch.

This is one of those expressions that hits home, whether we want it to or not.

Because what if we look around at our lives and don’t like what we see? The truth is hard to escape.

The problem is often we’re not even aware of our dominant thoughts.

You’d think we would be since they’re—well, dominant.

But our thoughts become like the air we breathe. All around us, but not something we really notice. Not something we pay much attention to.

If our lives express the result of our dominant thoughts, then we’d better make sure we’re clear about what those thoughts are—and that they’re creating the life we want.

  • If you look around and find yourself in debt, what’s the dominant thought that lead you there? To live well even if beyond your means.
  • If you look around and find yourself in a contentious relationship with your spouse, what’s the dominate thought that lead you there? It’s more important to be right than happy.
  • If you look around and find yourself disengaged at work, what’s the dominant thought that lead you there? It’s the company’s job to make work meaningful for me.
  • If you look around and find you’re always sacrificing yourself and playing the martyr, what’s the dominant thought that lead you there? It’s easier to be a victim rather than the heroine of my story.
  • If you look around and find your life overflowing with clutter, what’s the dominant thought that lead you there? More is better and there’s never enough.

Take a look around. What does your life say about your dominant thoughts? Are your thoughts taking you where you want to go?

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