I heard some interesting statistics the other day. On average we have 60,000 thoughts a day. Of those 95% are repeat thoughts from the day before, and 75% are negative.
Let’s think about that—95% of my thoughts are repeats. I would guess those are things like, “I’m hungry,” “Time for bed,” etc. Still, it’s important to note that habits and routines are powerful. We can change those, but it takes work.
What worries me is that 75% are negative. That’s 45,000 negative thoughts. I can just imagine what those are—“I’m fat,” “What a dumb thing to do,” “I’ll never _____.” It’s so very important to recognize these negative thoughts and counter them. When I set a goal last February to lose 20 pounds by the end of the year, the most important part of that was recognizing and countering the negative thoughts that would run through my head—and I’m a fairly positive person.
So, it really is the thought that counts. How are your thoughts today?