The Power Of A Repetitive Thought
(See Also –
The Power Of A Repetitive Thought Part 2)
Most of the time, without even realising it, we are repeating thoughts to ourselves in our heads. When I use the word “thought” I mean any sort of word, imagery or feeling that occurs in the mind. I’ve may have mentioned this before but there is a saying by Henry Ford that goes “whether you think you can or you can’t, you are right”. So if you keep repeating to yourself that you cannot do something, what do you think will be the result overall?
Lets say, for example, that you’re at work and you’re given a task. It’s not an easy task by any means, but you keep saying to yourself “I can’t do this, I can’t do this, I don’t want to do this, I can’t be bothered, I can’t do this.” What do you think will be the result of that kind of thinking?
The process of repetitive thought has come to us in many guises. There are mantras, incantations, affirmations, prayers, or chants. All of these have a similar resulting effect. However, mundanely saying a thought again and again and again to yourself doesn’t achieve much on its own, the power comes from the feeling associated with those thoughts. For example, If you keep telling people and repeating to yourself; “I am ill” and you feel ill and you keep telling people that you’re ill then the ultimate result of that is you will feel even more crappy because that’s what you keep telling yourself and everyone around you.
So you might then ask, “If I am ill, do I keep telling myself that I’m well, aren’t I just deluding myself?” The simple answer is no, you’re not deluding yourself, but you choose your thoughts and if you can find a constructive way of changing your state and emotion then the faster you will heal. Most doctors will tell you that the more stressed your are, the weaker your immune system, whereas, the happier you are, the less likely you are to become ill. I personally am quite healthy and I don’t get ill often. But, if I do, and I have to stay in bed, I may watch some comedies so that I feel better and heal much quicker than if I was depressed and if I felt sorry for myself because of the sickness. I do have a serious health condition, it doesn’t affect me that much in my day to day life, but the docs have warned me that if I don’t act now, then I potentially could face serious repercussions in the future.
In the past, I used to think to myself: “Oh no, what am I going to do, I’m always going to be this way, I’m never going to get better!” So this series of repetitive thoughts led me to feeling stressed and unhappy. As doctors say, stress leads to a weaker immune system. Not only that, people hated being around me because I would make them depressed too. So after a while, I changed my perception of the condition and in time my whole attitude towards it changed. My new chain of repetitive thoughts went along the lines of: “I feel good, happy and I am grateful that I can run, jump and play” It wasn’t always exactly the same, but I would use these patterns of repetition to break the cycle of the less productive thought patterns. And I love being around people and I like to think people love being around me because I’m always, happy and cheerful and those feelings and attitudes rub off onto them.
Everything is repetition! You wake up, brush your teeth, have a shower, go to work or begin your daily routine, you eat, watch t.v. and so on, and the repetition of life continues. As I said earlier whether you’re consciously aware of it or not your life is repetition. A big part of that is the repetitive thoughts that you will have on a day to day basis. So, breaking the cycle of a current set of repetitive thought patterns is not and easy thing to do, but doing so will change your state of being and the way you feel about any given situation or circumstance that occurs. One of the best ways of breaking that repetition is something I posted on earlier called “Minute Meditations.” Minute meditations are ways breaking old thought patterns, into newer, more positive and powerful thoughts at various times during the day when you’re performing a mundane task. So it could be while you’re driving, standing in a queue, cooking, brushing your teeth, or at any other time when you choose. Consciously force yourself out of the old pattern and initiate a new pattern and then allow yourself to unconsciously flow into the new pattern.
The more you consciously direct your thought patterns in the direction you want to go, the more drive and energy you will have to follow through with anything you want to do and the more your creative juices will begin flowing!