Perhaps you’re driving to the office or taking the dog for a walk and out of the blue, a new thought comes into your mind. Whether it's what to have for dinner, where to go on your next vacation or thinking about a long lost friend, your mind is a constant stream of thoughts and reflections. Do you ever wonder where those thoughts come from?
Every single second of the day, it's estimated that you receive two million bits of information streaming in to your nervous system through your eyes and ears and through the senses of touch, smell and taste. Your senses take in whatever you experience that you think is outside of you.
Your thoughts are directed by what you sense and feel and the energy that gives rise to a certain thought can come from a myriad of different sources - that includes society and the environment around you, advertising, the state of the economy, politics and of course, the latest news stories in the media. And since the media thrives on negativity, this is what you are feeding your mind.
If you're bothered and upset, then chances are you are going to be running the same thought pattern again and again so it is worth considering what you're watching, hearing and reading on a regular basis. Are you addicted to a particular TV soap or cable series? Do you watch a lot of movies and like particular genres like horror or R-Rated Action? It's surprising how the characters and plot become a topic of discussion with friends and family.
According to research, the average thought lasts between 6 - 10 seconds, so if you repeatedly feed your mind with images and sounds that present the world in a hostile, violently brutal way, your idea of the world being like becomes further ingrained in your psyche. And how to you ever break the cycle once you find yourself going round and round in it?
Actually, a lot of intelligent marketing and branding done today depends on understanding how to influence thoughts through conditioned response. How does conditioned response work? Well, if you use an alarm clock to wake up in the morning, the alarm is the trigger and the conditioned response is to get up... or hit the snooze button. If you see a red traffic light, that is the trigger and the conditioned response is to stop.
When it comes to marketing and advertising, whether it's believing that your money is safe with the big banks, taking more and more drugs is simply the right thing to do because the pharmaceutical companies tell you so, or that your tax dollars are being used wisely in the quest to bring democracy to the rest of the world by the government, you are bombarded with the same messages repeatedly from these organizations and institutions creating a conditioned response in you. The good news is that you can control those "random" thoughts.
Your language has a direct connection with your thoughts. Meaning the words that come out of your mouth don't happen by accident. Words have a direct relationship with the thoughts you have and are dependent on what you choose to pay attention to. Your thought is behind the language that comes out of your mouth.
As your actions are all primarily unconscious, it can sometimes be extremely revealing to listen to your language and realize what thoughts you are running on a regular basis. You can then change what information you choose to pay attention to. The thoughts you have are a result of what you sense and receive. Your language determines how you structure your reality created by your thoughts.
Indeed, you have the ability and the power to change the language you use every day to label people, events, situations, and circumstances in your life. As soon as the label changes, your experience and the perception of the person, the event, the situation or the circumstance also changes.
So quite simply, when you change your language, you change your thoughts and vice versa. What you will discover is that when you change your language, you begin to change your life.
Carol Talbot (www.caroltalbot.me) is an inspirational speaker and helps people reach success both in their personal life as well as career. She is highly regarded by organizations and individuals looking to maximize their performance and make a real difference in their lives and the world. She combines NLP and fire-walking in her retreats to unleash great potential in people individually and as they work within a corporate structure. For more than two decades, she has stepped up to fire up creativity and greatness within individuals and teams worldwide, by engaging them with her unique wisdom and presentation skills one-on-one or to an audience of thousands. When Carol speaks, people listen. Her next book, YOU the Divine Genius launches globally at the end of January 2017.