Organizing and Facing Your Thoughts
Sometimes my mind’s a mess.
Full of “pending” thoughts that I’ve accidentally trained myself to ignore so that I don’t stress myself or start overthinking.
It’s the typical procrastinator mentality:
Why do today what you can put off until tomorrow?
This kind of behavior is usually associated with work or chores, but I’ve come to realize that this often happens with our thoughts too. Especially if they’re thoughts that require a major change in your life.
While this may certainly be useful to keep yourself calm and stable under a stressful environment, it acts as a double-edged sword: You turn into a calm, “chill” person but you also remain in your stable “good enough” but not great life.
My relationship isn’t working? I’ll just think about it later.
My job isn’t fullfiling me? I’ll think about it after I watch this TV show.
And so on.
You feel that something’s not right. The thoughts keep coming to your mind but you discard them before you meditate on them enough to make a decision and act.
Sometimes the problem is not being afraid of making a decision. The problem is being afraid of even thinking about making that decision.
This is why it’s important to take a moment of the day to just stop and think. Embrace the fear and stop postponing what you know that has to be done in your life.
Take 5-10 minutes of your day and think about what thoughts you’ve been avoiding and what you must do about them.
Write Down And Journal Your Thoughts
Writing down and journalling thoughts have proven to be crucial in my decision making.
Creating lists of my”pending thoughts”, just like they’re quests in a video game helped me identify the problems I had to solve and their priority in my life.
Find Your Inspirational Place
Think about the place where your deepest thoughts occur. Where your mind unconsciously wanders. Find that place and use it to stop and think. Consciously and with a purpose this time.
It doesn’t have to be any of the cliché places like the mountains or any hard-to-reach place. It can be your workplace, your backyard, on your commute to work or even one of my favorites: the toilet.
Stop and Think. Don’t be afraid of your own thoughts and of the responsibilities you have in your life. Take some time to reflect and then act accordingly. No fear.
And remember, write your ideas, thoughts, and fears.
Don’t let them wander and get lost in your mind.