Each day when you awaken, in a fraction of a moment, the course of your day is set for you. There is a brief moment in time that determines how the rest of your day will unfold for you. This small, yet profound, instant takes place before your eyes flutter open to the light of the day. You are awake in this moment, but are you aware?
The power of thoughts
As your eyes open and you begin to move about your day, the mind has already opened its floodgates to the thoughts. One-by-one the stream of thoughts rush in. Are you aware that you have anywhere between 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day? Assuming that you sleep eight hours per night and you are awake 16 hours of the day, on the low end that is 750 thoughts per hour and 3,750 on the high end.
Thoughts move in and out in a steady stream throughout our waking hours as you simultaneously move about your day; most thoughts going unnoticed, background noise at most. You might think that isn’t true for you, that you are aware of all of your thoughts. But the reality is that you are conscious of about only 5% of your thoughts. That means that the unconscious mind is running you on its auto-pilot mode, 95% of the time.
And while you are running around on auto-pilot mode, 95% of your thoughts are exactly the same as the day before. Ever feel like Bill Murray in Groundhog’s Day? Do your days stream together without much differentiation between one to the next? That is because your thoughts are the same, you are basically reliving the day prior. And if all of this isn’t enough to wake you up to your thinking mind; 80% of your thoughts are negative. You are essentially living in the past of your negative experiences.
Changing your thoughts
But this can change. You have the power to change your thoughts. To wake-up and break the cycles that are keeping you stuck. There is a split moment between the awakening and the opening of the floodgates, a teeny, tiny moment before the thoughts begin to rush in. And it is in this moment that we have the power to set the course of our day.
There are two easy steps that you can take to have a positive day.
- At night, before you go to sleep, set the intention to have a great day the following day. Say to yourself, “Tomorrow will be a great day”. Use this phrase or choose another phrase that resonates with you.
- When you awaken, before you open your eyes, before any thoughts stream in, as quickly as you can remember, consciously say to yourself, “Today is a great day”, or any other positive phrase that resonates with you. Then get up and begin your day.
That’s it. It really is that easy. But it is a practice and you are working to reprogram deeply ingrained patterns. Be patient and gentle with yourself as it may take some time to get in flow with it. These two simple yet profound steps hold the power to change the course of your day by breaking the negative auto-pilot thought loops and creating new positive ones. Continue this practice daily and begin to observe the changes in your life; at first they may seem subtle and then profound.
Pro Tip: I like to leave two note cards next to my bed; one to serve as a nightly reminder and the other as a morning reminder.