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This one single thing to keep in mind will make all my other new year’s resolutions obsolete while at the same time will help to make them all happen.
So this is the concept /
We have no control over our thoughts. We can’t stop them. We can’t even predict them. We can’t even say for sure what thoughts will pop into our mind next week or tomorrow. The steady stream of thoughts keeps going, adjusting itself to the input it has had, like an algorithm. The input from everything we see and learn, every single thing that is registered with our eyes and ears, through experiences, stories, conversations and everything that comes in through our screens – will determine what the output (our next thought) will be.
I think it is important to realize that everything that comes in through media, social media and advertisements are also things that will be part of the mix of information that will ultimately form a thought. Which will form an opinion, set your priorities, influence your taste, influence your values.
You could quite literally say: the input = the output.
The only sort of control that we have over our thoughts is somewhat being conscious of the input our brains are getting. Deciding what you “feed” your brain with, seems to be the only way of giving your future thoughts a sense of direction. So feed it with clean, high quality information, experiences, images, movies, music – no junk food!
Note to self and point of focus for 2017: direct, balance and curate my input even more.