Take Charge of Quality Control at the Thought Factory
In this series of posts about “The Thought Factory” (aka the Brain), we will look at the power we have to shape our experience through mindful awareness.
Researchers from the National Science Foundation (NSF) state that most of us have between 12,000 and 50,000 thoughts per day. Our brains are constantly pumping out thoughts, whether we want them to or not.
But an important question to ask relates to the Quality of thoughts being pumped out. Just because you have a thought does it make the thought “true" or "real?” Because it came from your brain, is it therefore an authentic representation of what you fully believe in that moment (or in the future)? Is the thought in-line with your values and the way you choose to be in the world? You can only ask these questions of yourself if you “employ” your brain’s department of quality control.
When we don’t pay attention to quality control we run the risk of reflexively repeating behaviour patterns that produce less than optimal results.
If you are interested I have included an Exercise to help you come in contact with your own process of working without a Quality Control Department:
Think of a time when you acted upon a powerful but ultimately erroneous thought because, in that moment, you believed in it so strongly. What were the factors that contributed to your belief in the “heat of the moment?”
Jeff Ross, MA RCC
Jeff is a Registered Clinical Counsellor supporting clients in Vancouver and North Vancouver, BC, Canada. He supports individuals with such issues as depression, anxiety, stress management, relationship issues, grief and bereavement, career and educational issues as well as growth and development. In addition he also does couples counselling / marriage counselling.
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