On average, we have between 50,000 and 60,000 thoughts a day, but most of them will be the same ones we thought the day before, the week before, the month before. It’s these repetitive thought patterns that mean that our lives stay very much the same.
To some degree it’s a good thing, because it means we’re not constantly maxed out on thinking about things which need huge amounts of brain power. That would be exhausting.
However, the downside is that it means that our lives stay pretty much the same as it has done and we continue to do the same things, follow the same traits, and live by the same rules we have done.
It’s no wonder we don’t push ourselves forward for new things when our thoughts are all full of examples where we might have failed, or underachieved, or made decisions not to pursue something.
“I can’t do that because the last time I tried something like that I failed.”
“I’ve never been able to understand Maths and I’m not going to start now.”
“Last time I asked my boss for something they just said no, so there’s no point.”
But even the financial advice small print say ‘Past performance does not guarantee future success’, because they know that things can change.
And that’s where you come in. You can effect that change, by ignoring some of the thoughts that you’ve been carrying around with you and having some new ones. You do not have to be the person you were yesterday.
If you drive by only looking in the rear view mirror you are virtually guaranteed to crash.