"We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them"
In a great book ‘The Philosopher and The Wolf' Mark Rowlands says:
"Humans are the animals that believe the stories they tell about themselves."
What stories are you telling yourself about yourself?
And are they moving you forward or holding you back?
Everywhere you look there are warnings about the problems that our thinking, and particularly our attachment to our thoughts, can cause us.
Here are some of my favourites:
"The only thing that keeps us down and keeps us stuck is our thoughts"
"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition."
"To paraphrase several sages: Nobody can think and hit someone at the same time."
"Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few engage in it."
"Every faction conditions its members to think and act a certain way. And most people do it. For most people, it's not hard to learn, to find a pattern of thought that works and stay that way. But our minds move in a dozen different directions. We can't be confined to one way of thinking, and that terrifies our leaders. It means we can't be controlled. And it means that no matter what they do, we will always cause trouble for them."
"You may believe that you are responsible for what you do, but not for what you think. The truth is that you are responsible for what you think, because it is only at this level that you can exercise choice. What you do comes from what you think."
"A thought is harmless unless we believe it. It's not our thoughts, but our attachment to our thoughts, that causes suffering. Attaching to a thought means believing that it's true, without inquiring. A belief is a thought that we've been attaching to, often for years."
"Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in awhile, or the light won't come in."
"Thinking is what a great many people think they are doing when they are merely rearranging their prejudices."
Here's the thing.
If you are achieving what you want in your life and work, my educated guess is that your intentions, feelings, and thoughts are in alignment and your behaviour matches.
Of course if you are not achieving what you really want in your life, either your thinking is stopping you and/or your intentions and feelings are out of alignment with your thinking and therefore your actions are betraying you.
Wherever the status quo no longer serves you, it's time to change what's normal. Changing your thinking is a great place to start.
"Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become your character.
And watch your character, for it becomes your destiny."
To solve all your problems in your life and work, to overcome your challenges, first change or modify how you think about them and then make sure your intentions and emotions are in alignment, then take action in sync with your intentions, feelings, and thinking.
"If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place."
Be the difference you want to see in the world.
Ian Berry CSP
Author of Changing What's Normal