Friday, August 10, 2018

Fortune Cookie Friday: New Ideas

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Hello everyone! Welcome back to Fortune Cookie Friday, where I share a fortune cookie as the basis of a discussion topic. Sometimes I open a cookie myself, and sometimes I use fortunes sent in by readers. If you would ever like me to read one of your fortune cookies here, send me a message through the Facebook page with a clear photo, okay?

This week's cookie is one of mine, and I really took it to heart:

The difficulty is not on [sic] coming up [with] new ideas, but to undo the old one.
This reminds me of habits. Have you ever tried to change a habit? Were you successful? How long did it take you to do it?

There are many schools of thought about how long it takes to change a habit. Some places say it's 21 days, and others say differently.

Either way, whatever the deal is with kicking a habit, remember this: our thoughts are habits, too. So are our ways of thinking about life.

Think about it: how often does your brain chew on stuff repetitively? How many times do you find yourself thinking negative things? "I'm having a bad hair day." "I hate my curly hair." "This dress makes me look fat." How many times have you wanted to do something and then immediately shot yourself down or talked yourself out of it? "Oh, I could never do that." "I'm too old to learn how to ski." "I'm not smart enough to go back to school."

When we stay married to these old ways of thinking and allow our headspace to be taken up by all this emotional cruft, where is the room for creativity to bloom? How will you open yourself up to new experiences?

We don't have to live like that.

When we allow for our minds to process our thoughts, emotions and life events in a healthy way and then be clear again, we create room for new thoughts, ideas, or dreams to take root. We also allow our intuition or "sixth sense" to operate more cleanly, guiding us with what we know instead of what we think. We can have new experiences and enjoy life more fully.

Food for thought, huh?

Don't let your thoughts get in the way of fulfilling your potential or following your life's dreams. Keep shooting for your goals, and if you find your mindset is holding you back, work to change the habit, just like any other habit. Let new ideas have a chance to take root.

That new idea can be anything from "Gee, I look good in red after all," to "I'm going to go get my degree even though I'm 60," to "I just had a great idea for an invention!" ... and anything in between.

I'd love to hear your thoughts about this. Leave me a comment, below! 👇

Have a great weekend, all! 🐝💛

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Want more reading about these topics? Check out the following articles:
Science Alert on breaking habits.
Psychology Today on changing distorted thought patterns.
Forbes on overcoming negative thought patterns.

I'll put some book links below, too!

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