The Power of a Thought

What you allow to linger in your mind has a strong impact on many aspects of your life
What you allow to linger in your mind has a strong impact on many aspects of your life

Your thoughts are more powerful and influential in your life than you may think. The source of these powers resides within your own mind. In the clinical field, these powerful entities are known as cognitions. Over time, either as a result of early or late life experiences, these cognitions or thinking patterns can become distorted or clouded by hurt, pain or fear. When distortion happens, it makes accessing these mysterious cognitive powers very difficult. Some researchers concede that individuals begin constructing their very first thoughts while in utero. Depending on your upbringing, your thoughts can either work for you or against you.

Many people in society underestimate the true power behind everyday thoughts. The belief is that, because thoughts are at times fleeting, they merit no real attention. This is a misconception. Every thought you have, whether fleeting or pervasive, is associated with some experience in your life. And, yes, even fleeting thoughts carry power and fortitude. Thoughts directly affect your overall mood, behavior, and even physiological responses (i.e. frequent headaches), especially during times of heightened stress.

Just to illustrate how powerful your thoughts really are, think of any Fortune 500 company. What product or service does the company provide? Would you agree that this company would not be in business if the products or services were not first conceived out of an ambitious, fertile mind? Products and services within any successful or unsuccessful company are but a thought. Furthermore, thoughts carry a wealth of influential power and progressive energy. Even though a product or service begins as a small idea, it is immediately treated as a physical entity the moment it leaves your mind and is written or spoken into existence. Everything that is important to you was created in between one ear and the other.

Ghandi illustrated it best when he said, “A man is but a product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he soon becomes…” If your thoughts are mainly negative, you will attract negativity into your life. The same is true for thinking positively. It’s the natural progression of human existence.

If you are plagued by the tendency to think negatively, ask yourself if the negative voice in your mind sounds familiar. If you had hypercritical parents growing up, their voices, words and unspoken truths become your inner dialogue. If you had any form of trauma in your life, this also causes distorted thought patterns, which lead to self-destruction and impenetrable fears. Have you ever had a trauma in your life? How do your thoughts remind you of this trauma? If your thoughts are not easily accessed, whose thoughts are you preoccupied with? Do you exert excessive energy, worrying and trying to figure out what others are saying or thinking about you? If so, what allows you to believe a person could see you in a negative way? If these questions are familiar to you, perhaps your thoughts have become distorted over time, causing you to question your identity. This becomes your reality. The data that you take in or put out in the world will reflect these distortions one way or another.

To change the way you think, you must understand the source of the dysfunctional thoughts and become keenly aware of when they embed themselves into your everyday life. Also, determine what needs the dysfunctional thoughts are fulfilling. What is allowing the self-sabotage to exist? After answering this question, more than likely you’ll stumble onto a notion of fear—fear of failure, rejection, not being good enough, incapability or powerlessness and generally being out of control. If you are having trouble altering your thoughts, it may be rewarding to speak with a trained professional to help you learn to navigate your mindset. Walk in cognitive authority today, and manifest your own reality.