I remember attending "The Millionaire Mind Intensive Weekend" in Dallas with a friend years ago. The speaker stood up and said that we shouldn't believe a thing that was stated. He said that we shouldn't believe a thought that we had if we wanted to achieve true enlightenment. The crowd had some nervous laughs roll across it, wondering if he was serious or joking. I remember thinking to myself about the number of times that my thoughts had deceived me. I could think back over the years, going back to even Junior High School, where my thoughts were what was getting the best of me. It wasn't other people coming after me, or bullying me, or even praising me. It was the thoughts in my own head that consumed me.
If you are like me, there are times that a thought will all of a sudden float across your mind and begin to pull you away from your purpose. Whether it is good or bad is irrelevant. The thoughts that float through us are just like the objects around us. They don't have any meaning on their own. They don't make us a better person or make us a worse person. They don't inspire us or depress us on their own. They don't have any power whatsoever... on their own.
The thoughts that we think only have power in conjunction with the meaning that we assign to them and the power that we give them over us. It isn't the thought that has meaning. It is the assignment of meaning, of value, of power that makes the thought a thing. On it's own, a thought is not a thing.
Practice seeing your thoughts as thoughts, devoid of meaning. When a thought comes across your mind today, assign no meaning to it. Look at it and think, "that thought has no meaning to me." Whether it is a good thought or a bad thought or just a thought, realize that it has no meaning on its own. You are the creator of meaning for any thought that crosses your mind.
The thoughts are just there to tempt you to assign meaning. Today is your day to resist! Joy comes from knowing that you don't have to assign meaning to any thought. Joy comes from realizing that the thoughts themselves don't mean anything!
To Your Success,
Jody N Holland
Jody is a writer, motivational speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur. He has been the keynote speaker at over 250 events around the world. Jody speaks more than 150 times per year at different programs, and he has given more than 10,000 speeches during his career.