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Easy To Control Your Thoughts?
There are many articles on the law of attraction out there. The general idea is that the more you focus on one particular thing, the easier it is for that thing to manifest itself in reality. Well, that sounds pretty easy right? If all you need to do to get a billion dollars is to think about it, why isn’t everyone a billionaire then? While it would seem really easy to focus on one thing at a time, it’s actually surprisingly difficult to do this.
For example, maybe after you read this article, you’ll start thinking about how you can get your billion dollars. A couple of minutes pass, you fidget around in your seat a little. Hmmm, nope, can’t think of anything. Can this really work? It seems kind of stupid. Then again, that article I just read told me to keep concentrating on it, so I’ll try some more.
The Negative Thoughts
That is probably a relatively common thought process. However, even in this relatively good “I’ll keep trying” scenario, notice how much of that time is actually dedicated to thinking about the billion dollars. “Hmmm, nope, can’t think of anything. Can this really work? It seems kind of stupid. Then again, that article I just read told me to keep concentrating on it, so I’ll try some more.” – This train of thought has very little to do with the actual billion dollars, even though you’re supposedly thinking about it. In fact, you’re thinking about the opposite of getting the billion dollars – about how making a billion dollars is probably not possible!
If this is the general thought process, where an approximately equal amount of time is spent on focusing on how the thing can be done and how it can fail, it’s no wonder that attracting the things you want is hard. Your own doubts repel the very thing you are trying to attract!
Changing Your Thought Patterns
To change your thought patterns, you have to start with the confident knowledge that what you want can be done, since any doubt will result in thoughts about whether the thing you want is even possible. Luckily, this is one of easiest things to do as an INTJ since anything can be done. Things are only impossible until they’re possible! It’s just a matter of finding a solution to it.
Next, you’ll need to try to think about your goal as much as possible. This is the really hard part. In the above example, the thoughts about the item in question essentially ends after that blurb about whether it’s actually possible to get it. In those instances, you have to continue thinking about it, looking for ways to obtain what you want throughout the course of the day. For example, you can look it up on google, talk to a friend, ask family members, but no matter what, you must continue to think about it as much as possible.
How Your Thoughts Become Solutions
This is how controlling your thoughts leads to what you want in my experience:
- You have some problem you need to solve
- You think about how to solve it
- Some leads comes to you, whether be it through a thought (which is what the book Think and Grow Rich talks about), other people, etc.
- You follow the leads, which generates more questions
- You think about how to solve the questions, and the process repeats itself
- Eventually all the questions are answered and you have what you want
Of course, this might just be that I’m an engineer by profession, and that’s just the way I solve all problems in my life, but there seems to be an abundance of confirmation on this in books, personal development websites, etc.
Controlling Your Thoughts With a Schedule
So the question is, how do you think about the subject as much as possible? It’s extremely easy to be distracted throughout the day. You could recieve a phone call, which will change your thoughts to the conversation at hand, or one of your thoughts can lead to thinking about another task you need to do, leading you off topic.
The method that I have found to be most effective is to create a schedule, and stick to it absolutely. During any period of time on the schedule, you may only think about the subject in question. For example, if you have scheduled reading a financial book for a period in your schedule, then you must stick to reading the book. You may not go eat, pee, sleep, accept phone calls, or anything else. This sounds extreme, but it builds your feelings so that ignoring distractions becomes second nature to you.
Doesn’t this make you extremely inflexible though? What if you’re doing something on the list and then suddenly, you had a passing thought that you can come up with a better way to do it? Well, you can simply schedule in a planning time into your schedule, as often as you feel is necessary. If you have a thought about another job that you need to do, just write it down, so that you can think about it at the next planning session, but don’t think about it now. That way, you still have quite a bit of flexibility, but once you’ve decided what to do (i.e. you’ve drawn out a plan), you do not deviate from the plan no matter what happens. This way, things get done.
There are of course pros and cons to this. What if you’re reading and your boss calls you and you’re unreachable? Sure, that’s a possibility. However, the majority of the time, the things you ignore aren’t that important, so that overall, you’ll get a lot of a extra things done. Additionally, you can adjust for these things in your plan for the next day. For example, you can schedule in a 10 minute break every 3 hours to take a walk and check your messages.
The very great thing about doing things this way is that you know what you are suppose to be doing at any given time. There have been countless times in the past when I don’t really feel like doing anything, because the stuff I should be getting done is just a jumble of random stuff in my head and I’m really sure about their urgency or what exactly they are. This kind of haze makes it very easy to turn on the TV and start watching re-runs, or surfing the internet looking for things to waste time. Think about all that thinking time that is going to waste! When you watch a re-run, you form practically no new memories and your thoughts are focused on some extremely trivial and insignificant details. When you’re done watching, there is basically nothing gained, and that time might as well have been sucked into a hole. You might as well have been dead for those couple of hours.
Yet, this is one of the most common activities people do on a regular basis!!
Hit the off button, draw up a plan, and start getting the things you want and deserve!
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