Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff - Thought Management

Be Aware of the Snowball Effect of Your Thinking

"A powerful technique for becoming more peaceful is to be aware of how quickly your negative and insecure thinking can spiral out of control. Have you ever noticed how uptight you feel when you're caught up in your thinking? And to top it off, the more absorbed you get in the details of whatever is upsetting you, the worse you feel. One thought leads to another, and yet another, until at some point, you become incredibly agitated...
...it's impossible to feel peaceful with your head full of concerns and annoyances.

The solution is to notice what's happening in your head before your thoughts have a chance to build any momentum. The sooner you catch yourself in the act of building your mental snowball, the easier it is to stop...
...You may indeed be a busy person, but remember that filling your head with thoughts of how overwhelmed you are only exacerbates the problem by making you feel even more stressed than you already do. Try this simple little exercise the next time you begin to obsess on your schedule. You'll be amazed at home effective it can be."

From "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff...and it's all Small Stuff" by Richard Carlson


Mrs. LC 2 December 2008 at 14:56  

TOTALLY have been thinking (haha) about this lately! Just trying to be more aware of my personal thought process - it's SO interesting. It's also kind of funny, esp. in the beginning, how often you have to be "wait, stop thinking like that. Let's be positive here, brain!"

Jules 2 December 2008 at 16:31  

Its so difficult to do though!! By the time I remember, its gone too far! I guess I'll just have to practice more :)

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