We Are What We Think

By: Darby Fazekas, January 22, 2015

The average person has over 50,000 thoughts a day. That’s approximately 35 thoughts per minute. It is a staggering statistic. While initially we may wonder what exactly people are thinking about all the time, the more pertinent question to ask is, “How are all those thoughts influencing our decision making?”

According to The Financial Post, about 70 to 80 percent of our thoughts may be negative. That’s about 40,000 negative thoughts a day! We tell ourselves things like: “I’m not smart enough” or “I’m just unlucky.” In business, the thoughts could be: “the sales manager gave me a bad territory” or “it’s impossible to launch a new product in this economy.” As you can guess, all this negativity is not inspiring or motivating.

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The good news is, you can leverage your thoughts by concentrating on thinking positively. Developing a positive outlook (or overcoming a negative one) may seem difficult, but on a psychometric level, a positive outlook consists of several very specific ingredients. People with a positive outlook tend to:

  • Respond to change and embrace opportunities to develop new skills
  • Trust their judgment and have confidence when dealing with adversity
  • Initiate action without being told
  • Maintain vital energy and stamina

When positive thinkers rise in the morning they believe that today is going to be a great day, and they do what has to be done to make it so. Both positive and negative thinkers have thoughts that influence their decision-making and, in turn, the eventual outcome of their goals. The positive thinkers figure out how to leverage their thoughts to achieve their goals and find success. They don’t give up. If they said they would make a sale and it didn’t close today, they tell themselves they’ll close the next one.

January is the perfect time of year for making commitments and developing new goals for ourselves, our families and our businesses. Does it really matter how S.M.A.R.T. your goals are if you are telling yourself you’ll never achieve them? Make 2015 the year you changed your outlook by not just thinking hard, but by thinking positively.