Thinking is a process and it’s too often a scary thing to behold. Who knows what will come up next?

And when uncontrolled negative thoughts start to cycle, one after the other, it’s like finding yourself in a bad neighborhood.

Best to find your way to a better part of town….

Getting out of your head is the mandatory first step toward personal control. How do you do that? You step outside and above that streaming video that is your thinking and discover that the thinking itself is a system that can be directed. When you can really, really see that – and you courageously drop any formulaic menus you may have been using to make life-assumptions up until now – you’re on your way to managing your own little slice of reality so it will deliver the freedom and personal peace you’ve always wanted.

(Are freedom and personal peace even possible? Not completely: everyone has a cross to bear, including yours truly. It’s a struggle sometimes, but there is no question that things can be made instantly better by taking a cognitive approach that jives with reality.)

And remember this about the thinking process: It’s linear, with one thought following another, and so the brain is not capable of processing more than one thought at a time. You can subconsciously, physically multitask, driving a car for example, but you just can’t multitask your overt thinking.

The silver lining? Since the thinking system is sequential and simple, it can be directed. So keep your deliberation front and center. See it as an external mechanism. Get outside of it. Watch it. Maintain it. Direct it. Manipulate it.

(And, for any of us, if we don’t control the content, who or what does control it? The peer group? TV? Drugs? Electronic gadgets? A guru? Or some feel-good menu-of-life that is more wishful-thinking of how things should be, rather than how they actually are?)

See your thinking as a streaming video in which it’s your job to orchestrate the flowing images as they appear in sequence, over and over, one after the other.

So, ask: Am I going to assertively direct the content of my thought processes, or not?

Take this phrase home with you tonight: Sometimes my mind is a bad neighborhood…and when it is, I should get out of there.

Egor Gribanov

Photo by Egor Gribanov via flickr used under a creative Commons License.