It's The Thought That Counts!

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Title: IT'S THE THOUGHT THAT COUNTS!
Author: Dave Turo-Shields, ACSW, LCSW
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copyright: by Dave Turo-Shields, ACSW, LCSW
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Category: Success

IT'S THE THOUGHT THAT COUNTS!

Ever have an insight or gain knowledge that both excites
and scares you at the same time? I am a fact guy. Use
decent scientific method, and prove it to me, and you've
got my attention. Well, something got my attention this
week.

We've believed in the therapy field for years now how
powerfully impactful thoughts are on the quality of your
daily life. In the last year I've gone as far as to
publicly say that you manifest everything in your life
through your conscious and unconscious thoughts. The good
and the bad.

In doing so, I've put myself out on a limb, without my
usual propensity for solid evidence to prove what I was
saying to be correct. It "felt" correct so I'd begun
believing and teaching this principle - YOUR THOUGHTS
BECOME THINGS!

We've all been superstitious enough, or around those who
are, who've said, "Watch out what you ask for, you just may
get it." As it turns out there's a whole lot more truth in
this than we ever knew. What's scary is I'm guessing that
over 95% or more of you really have no idea "what" you're
asking for! What are you asking for in your daily random
thought patterns?

Let's pretend you have one thought every 15 seconds and you
sleep 8 hours each night. That equates to 240 thoughts per
minute, 14,400 thoughts per hour and 230,000 thoughts per
day! I'm reminded of the overdone credit card commercial
statement, "What's in your wallet?" If we could spin this
for the purpose of this article it would be, "What's in
your mind?" What percentage of 230,000 thoughts are you
consciously aware of? How many are dreadful thoughts? How
many are hopeless thoughts? How many have to do with what
you'll never achieve? How many are grateful thoughts? How
many are loving thoughts? How many are inspiring, future
oriented thoughts?

For 23 years now, the Princeton Engineering Anomalies
Research Program (PEAR) at Princeton University has been
quietly compiling evidence that the human mind influences
anything it focuses on. This has been proven again and
again in well over 50 million documented experiments! And
this influence is even more pronounced when bonded
male/female teams work together, focusing on a common theme.
Many of these experiment involved ordinary electronic
machines. If the power of focusing the human mind can
influence something as simple as a computer, imagine all
the other implications...

* Physical Health
* Mental Health
* Peace
* Success
* Happiness
* Fewer car repairs (I'm serious!)

The possibilities are dizzying to the mind, so to speak.

Okay, here's what I'm not saying... I will never ask you to
simply become a positive thinker. Many have preached that
to many who have failed miserably at trying to implement it.
"Becoming" a positive thinker is a rich goal. The magic,
however, is in the journey. And, if you have a guide and
concrete steps to take along the path, all you need is the
commitment and you will arrive at your destination.

HERE'S AN OVERVIEW OF THE PATH:

1. VERY IMPORTANT: Be gentle with yourself along the way

2. Begin measuring the content of your thought patterns

3. Don't criticize your patterns

4. Seek understanding first

5. Honor the negative patterns for doing the best they
'thought' they could do in your behalf

6. Re-contract with your patterns for your "desired" future

7. Practice your new thought patterns in a conscious daily
manner

8. Watch out for the "gremlin" thoughts that attempt to
cancel your new focus and take them through the process
outlined above

9. Playfully target focus areas for periods of time, so
that you may personally complete your own experiments,
which will convince you that YOUR THOUGHTS DO BECOME
THINGS in a measurable way!

To quality thoughts and a rich life!

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