Our thoughts play a mighty powerful role in our lives. Some of these thoughts we choose to think. Some of these thoughts we do not even realize are optional. They were conditioned into us by society, culture, or words spoken to us in childhood.
If we are not intentional about observing the thoughts we are thinking, then we can accidentally place ourselves on a path we have no desire to be walking.
In my free mini-course I talk more in depth about this, but one of the most powerful ways we can discover, reflect and change our thoughts is to listen to our emotions.
Our emotions are so powerful. They are not good or bad. They just are. Some emotions are rewarded and some punished. For example, we often strive to feel happy and punish ourselves for feeling sad or angry. Every emotion we are feeling has so much to teach us and empower us if we just pause enough to listen.
There is a downloadable free PDF in the mini-course I referred to that makes this all super simple, but for today I want to walk through the questions on there and discuss their value.
I believe there is TREMENDOUS VALUE in journaling these questions on a regular basis. Whether we are experiencing a high or a low, we can learn so much about ourselves by pausing and asking what made us feel this way? The questions are:
How am I feeling?
What is causing this feeling?
What is the thought behind this feeling?
What is factual and what is not factual about this thought?
What can I learn about myself?
Is there a new thought I can create?
Are there any actions I can take?
If you want to see an example of where I did these reflections you can just look in the course materials, but I have a challenge for you today.
Get out a sheet of paper.
Read those questions again, but this time journal what comes to mind.
For real. Try it. Don’t just keep scrolling or chase the next dopamine hit of another notification on your phone. Give yourself this gift.
If you learned something about yourself, shoot me an email or a DM with your experience. I would love to hear from you.
“You are what you are and you are where you are because of what has gone into your mind. You change what you are and you can change where you are by changing what goes into your mind.” -Zig Ziglar