Diversify your thoughts. I spent too much of my life thinking about money. And then thinking about women. And sometimes thinking about money and women at the same time. I don’t know how they counted this but someone once told me we think 60,000 thoughts a day. All 60,000 of mine would sometimes be about money and women, with a little about food and defecation. Meanwhile, there’s 100 billion other fun things to think about each day. I live 100 feet from the Hudson River. Across from me on the river is West Point. Mountains and leaves surround all of it. It would be so easy for me to diversify into pleasant things but too often I’m obsessed down one category. Obsession and Anxiety is equivalent to Subtraction of thoughts. It makes you a counterfeit person instead of an authentic person.
The post is about diversifying all areas, but I think he is really onto something with this section on thinking. I definitely tend to obsess over a handful of things throughout the day: usually just food and women. Sometimes something else, too. It could be designing my blog, my krav maga test tomorrow, etc. The thing is, unless I take out a notepad and decide on a next action then record it, I continue to have repetitive, circular thoughts that go nowhere…. except maybe to boobs or cheeseburgers.
The other thing that having limited, repetitive thoughts does is limit your ability to get into flow; therefore hindering your productivity and enjoyment of the task at hand. I believe that by diversifying your thoughts, and appreciating your current surroundings or current task (or something else, I’m not positive here I really need to practice this more), getting into flow will be almost automatic. This is huge.
So, yeah, diversify your thoughts. If you are having a repetitive thought, immediately stop what you are doing and identify the next action and record it; ideally the thought vanishes. The results here could be substantial, shit, ginormous.
Please share any other ways you use to diversify your thoughts below.
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